Home Buyers are Cautioned When Selecting a Home Inspector

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Home inspectors must be carefully selected by home buyers in order to avoid major problems and expenses.

Home inspectors recommended by the real estate agent selling the home have a possible conflict of interest.

"80% or so of home buyers use home inspectors recommended by Realtors. When a home buyer uses a home inspector recommended by the Realtor selling a home to them there may be a conflict of interest.

Home inspectors who want future referrals from that Realtor have been known not to tell it like it is. Why? Because if the results of a home inspection cause the buyer to back out of the sale, then the Realtor may blame the home inspector and stop recommending that company in the future." explained Michael Del Greco, President of Accurate Inspections, West Paterson, NJ.

The purpose of getting a home inspection is to help the buyer find out all the problems that exist before the closing, when the sale is completed. Buying a new home in New Jersey is a major investment, so an accurate inspection that "tells it like it is" should be the goal of any home buyer, according to Del Greco.

The current real estate market is cooling down. Buyers who find problems during home inspections now have the leverage to demand the seller repair the problems or provide price reductions.

Del Greco has been in the home inspection business since 1993, and is president of Accurate Inspections, Inc. He said that his company does not solicit recommendations from real estate agents because he does not want to have an appearance of a conflict of interest.

"Most of our clients choose us based upon the recommendation of an attorney, friend or relative. When we perform a home inspection, we feel free to tell the buyer exactly what is wrong, why it is wrong, and what to do about it. The only person we are concerned with pleasing is our client, the home buyer," said Del Greco.

Home buyers need dependable information so they can make an educated choice regarding the quality and condition of their potential new home. The level of experience and any potential conflicts of interest are vital qualities to look for in a inspector.

"You can become a New Jersey licensed home inspector in less than a month. That's not much experience. Ask for a resume. By hiring an experienced New Jersey home inspector, who has the buyer's best interests in mind, the client is better able to judge the strengths and weaknesses of the home and avoid expensive problems down the road," said Del Greco.

Accurate Inspections, Inc. has a staff of five including two experienced and licensed inspectors. Each of them invites the home buyer to attend the inspection so they can get a complete description of problems as they are found.

"We always provide our home inspection clients and their attorney a complete written report. We require your home inspection clients attend the home inspection, so they can ask questions and see the problems for themselves to become better informed," said Del Greco.


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