Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: Home Inspector Home Inspector Who Art thou?

Home Inspector Home Inspector Who Art thou?

Inspection

In Hawaii we have no specific requirements for someone to call themselves a home inspector. 

I have seen several people such as sports announcers decide to start a new business.  You guessed it.  They are now a home inspector. 

What makes them feel they are qualified to do that line of work? 

They took a class in Las Vegas or some such place (In this case what Happens in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas).  They earned a designation from that school or organization.  In some cases they bought a software package that generates standardized reports and in some cases they even offer fancy binders with pictures.

Once you make some business cards on the computer and print them on pre-perforated stock from Walmart You Are Now a Home Inspector!

The scariest group are those who didn't even take a training class and just bought the business cards.

Some have insurance or so they say.  Many do not.   Realtor

As real estate brokers and salespeople we need to be extremely careful before we recommend as inspector to our clients.

 

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Comment balloon 7 commentsRandy Prothero • November 12 2006 03:22PM

Comments

I have one "go to guy" for our home inspections.  There may be others out there but this guy is thorough and reports the findings as he sees them.  I lost a sale because of his thorough inspection but I will continue to use him as long as he is in business. He found a plumbing leak on the second floor which caused a mold problem in a downstairs exterior storage room under the house.  The sellers refused to fix it and my buyers didn't want to inherit the problem (rightfully so).

 I personally am present for all of my home inspections.  My buyers feel better with me there.  I am quite well versed in all areas of home maintenance and therefore I can be see what is really going on.

The only thing that I disagree with is the fact that they can only be held accountable for the cost of their inspection (usually $200-$500 depending on style and square footage). 

Posted by 1SG (Ret.) David Kucic, President and Owner (Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

My suggestion is to do your homework, some research, interview them, ask questions and get referrals from people you trust in your area.

 

Shawn Martin

Martin Home Inspection Services
Posted by Shawn Martin (Crosby Inspections) almost 12 years ago

I have a great go to guy also and about three others that I am comfortable with. 

I receive e-mails and business cards from new ones every day. 

 The one that struck me was the card I got a couple of months ago was from the guy I knew who ran the server for a well known internet provider here in Hawaii.  He is now a home inspector.  He has absolutely no background.

I also received a flyer from a former sports announcer.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Hey Randy,

I agree. Someone always told me to hire a heavy set one if I'm selling and a skinny one if I'm buying...

Depends on how much you want to be found :)

Scott

Posted by Scott Gormley (Oak Valley Mortgage-California Home Loans and Refinancing) almost 12 years ago

I have one "go to guy" for our home inspections.  There may be others out there but this guy is thorough and reports the findings as he sees them.  I lost a sale because of his thorough inspection but I will continue to use him as long as he is in business. He found a plumbing leak on the second floor which caused a mold problem in a downstairs exterior storage room under the house.  The sellers refused to fix it and my buyers didn't want to inherit the problem (rightfully so).

 I personally am present for all of my home inspections.  My buyers feel better with me there.  I am quite well versed in all areas of home maintenance and therefore I can be see what is really going on.

The only thing that I disagree with is the fact that they can only be held accountable for the cost of their inspection (usually $200-$500 depending on style and square footage). 

Posted by 1SG (Ret.) David Kucic, President and Owner (Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Not sure about you but I never recommend a home inspector!!!  Never!!!!  I will give my clients names and contact information of a few that I know is qualified, but will never recommend one.  That's just opening a whole can of worms that needs to stay closed.

 

Posted by Michael DeMello, CRS, ABR, CDPE, e-Certified (Prudential Locations LLC) almost 12 years ago

Many of my clients will not except that I do not have a good one for an answer.  they look to me for assistance.

Most of my buyers are relocating here and have no local connections for services.

I have made a business decision that I can't properly service my clients without accepting some liability.

I give clients a list of 3 to 4 service providers in each catagory, that we have had good luck with.  If I have any doubts or a less than fantastic experience they are off the list.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

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