Real estate agents can provide valuable information about the home buying process, especially if you are a new or inexperienced home buyer. They can help guide you through the confusing maze of paperwork and legal mumbo-jumbo. They can make recommendations for a home inspector that they trust. I have had the good fortune of developing great working relationships with many of the area agents and they have referred me to lots of clients. But what if you get an agent that wants you to use “their” inspector? Like really, REALLY wants you to use their inspector. They may even act like you HAVE to use a particular inspector. That’s when the red flags begin to wave! Any real estate agent that pressures you into using “their” inspector doesn’t have your best interest in mind.
As a home inspector, I work for the buyer. Period. Not the agent, not the seller, the BUYER. I’m not out to kill deals. I’m not out to make anyone look bad. My job is accurately report the condition of a home so that the buyer can make an informed decision. Most of the time, the inspectors that are recommended by an agent are really good; that’s why they made the list. But take a moment to research: read reviews on Google and Angie’s List. Look them up on the BBB site. Just don’t be pressured to use “their” inspector.