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Like others -- no way! He can make suggestions on what to repair/replace, but think it should be up to the buyer to get the exact cost.
John McCormack, CRS
Nina Hollander, Broker
The answer is NO on both accounts. If the buyer wants a cost estimate then they should get one from a qualified contractor. Opinions are like ........ everyone has one. Opinions are not qualified judgements
No! I did not give an estimated cost of repairs nor do I give a personal opinion.
No to both questions. They should not lead the buyer.
If we could only use duct tape on their mouths sometimes! I do not have a problem if they give them a ballpark range, but as long as it is reasonable. As to their personal opinion, most inspectors would withhold that unless they find nothing wrong on the property. Most usually keep a tight lip on things, but every once in a while you get a thorn in your side.
Adrian Colon - one word answers is 'NO'!
And in short - it's none of their business to give the opinion on whether the buyer should buy or not - unless there is a special relationship with the buyers - and if so, it will be personal - and not professional.
No way. If he is wrong then he has misled the buyer or seller. He is there to inspect and not to do repairs or have opinions on whether the house is a good deal for the buyer or not.
No to both questions!
Absolutely NO WAY. Stick toi the facts and leave estimates to the professional in that field that actually does repair or replace it
Is this a trick question? The answer seems too obvious.
No as Jack Webb would say "Just the facts". otherwise it is none of his/her business
No, he/she should not! It's up to buyer and seller to get their quotes. I've seen inspectors who do this come up with extremely wacky numbers!
I have no problem with an estimate of cost from a qualified inspector. A quote for repairs however from an inspector would get them on my "do not use" list with a quickness.
If a buyer is paying for an inspection, it is important that he gets his money's worth. That includes his opinions and maybe some recommendtions along the way. Informtion doesn't hurt snybody. I call it education.
La Crosse, WI
I don't believe the home inspection should be giving out information on costs of repairs. That's not the point of a home inspection, and unless the inspector is an expert in area that needs repairs...what good is the information.
Doug nailed this one.
Only of that have good insurance coverage. That is well beyond their responsibilities as well as ours
NO!! Their job is to inspect and produce the report.
One of my inspector does give cost on some repairs. Buyer really like he does give price on repairs. He does not give his personal opinion on the home.
Adrian Colon No, I think the inspector's job is to make the buyer aware of potential repairs and have them get costs from a contractor. Your personal opinion is just that an opinion and should be kept to your self.
I guess I'm an outlier. The inspectors I usually recommend have done a good job calming buyer's fears about issues and have actually saved a couple of transactions from falling apart. Inspection reports can scare the pants off buyers. I always recommend a second opinion about concerns, but at least the buyers don't go into it in a panic.
I once had an inspector ask me why I would buy a dump like this, I replied that I was the agent, not the buyer. Hadn't even been introduced yet and making comments like that! Buyer bought it and has been very pleased.
That is required in Oklahoma to give estimates. However it comes with restrictions especially on structural unless they are engineers.
Then when they find they can't get access to other homes after giving opinion and repair costs, the Ghost of Christmas Past may advise him/her accordingly.
Repentance, however, that will not remove that inspector from the prohibited list. Why? Because home sellers will not want rogue elements in their house.
Providing opinion and estimates should get you out of the business quickly. Does HOMETEAM still do this?
The estimates is a no-brainer.
As far as opinions, should Inspectors just be robots then? No professional opinion? So every crack in building materials, every condition, etc. etc. is a defect that needs a fixin'? All defects should have the same amount of significance then, no major, minor, or in-between? So would the agents and buyers then decide what's significant or not so significant in their opinions?