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Rainmaker
5,138,625
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've been using my primary inspector for so long I really don't remember. I may have "tested" him on my own home when I was building and it went from there.

Jan 06, 2016 08:04 PM
Rainmaker
1,466,257
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

TeamChi - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. ActiveRain, Jay Markanich is the best.

Jan 06, 2016 10:32 PM
Rainmaker
4,599,857
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I have more than one home inspector I recommend/refer and the sources vary including:

Observation when they were representing a buyer when I had the listing.

Referral from another agent or client.

 

 

Jan 06, 2016 10:55 PM
Rainmaker
1,231,853
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

He is cute, witty and bring treats to my training classes.

Jan 06, 2016 10:50 PM
Rainer
150,466
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I have three (3) that I refer to my clients since I cannot legally suggest one to them. Those were referred to me by previous clients dealing with them.

Jan 06, 2016 09:45 PM
Rainmaker
1,513,143
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

One was the recommended one for the office; the second was a friend of a client and the third was just starting and I needed someone quicker than the first two. The third has actually become the main guy.

Jan 06, 2016 09:22 PM
Rainer
57,189
Jack Gerbehy
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

he inspected our personal home

Jan 06, 2016 08:08 PM
Rainmaker
823,679
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

Referrals from other agents in my office & then I provide at least three of these to my clients to choose from.

Jan 06, 2016 08:00 PM
Rainmaker
846,475
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Referral

Jan 06, 2016 07:18 PM
Rainmaker
312,364
Scott Pope
Nautical Properties - Panama City Beach, FL
You Can't Live Without Water™

The home inspector I use did a presentation at BOLD, and he was recommended by several agents in my office. The first time I used him he impressed me from the beginnimg. He was easy to reach by all means of communication. His inspection was thorough. He was prompt. He earned my business and I have not used or tried any other home inspector.

Jan 06, 2016 07:07 PM
Ambassador
1,464,769
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I used one when buying my own home.  We clicked, he makes sense, doesn't make mountains out of molehills, talks about future maintenance, etc 

The 2nd was a client buying a home and I was impressed with how he inspected his own place.

The 3rd is there only because she is female.  Sexist I know, but I have some single lady clients who wouldn't feel comfortable with a male inspector!

Jan 07, 2016 01:37 AM
Ambassador
6,461,192
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We have a list, let the buyer decide.

Mar 23, 2019 09:53 PM
Rainmaker
979,796
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Michael - It was the home inspector my broker used, and she had 15 years experience when I started with her.

Jan 08, 2016 02:26 PM
Rainer
67,369
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

One of my inspector was inspecting foreclosed properties.  I have used him for 12 years.  The other was recommended by another agent.  The third is an inspector a buyer of mine used and I really liked his work.

Jan 08, 2016 08:54 AM
Rainmaker
1,683,912
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

They stopped by our office at least once a month with pop buys for the agents. Pens, pencils, note pads etc.  Even home baked cookies from his wife.

Jan 07, 2016 12:33 PM
Rainmaker
1,511,053
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

One is a tried and true inspector that I've used on all my houses and my broker has been using for a decade or more.

 

The other one I recommend was hired by a buyer to one of my listings and did a good job.

Jan 07, 2016 12:08 PM
Rainmaker
2,205,737
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

He promised me he would start each inspection on the roof !

Jan 07, 2016 11:37 AM
Rainer
321,564
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Referral and one I met networking.  I will send 3 names and let my client choose.

Jan 07, 2016 10:55 AM
Rainmaker
617,935
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Michael,
One of my inspectors I came to know because of how many agents complained about meticulous he was. I have been 100% pleased. The biggest shortcoming of inspectors is their interface with the client. That keeps me from using guys that are otherwise competent.

Jan 07, 2016 07:45 AM
Rainmaker
5,894,641
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

He always came to our Friday morning marketing meetings on Friday, and seemed knowledgeable.

Jan 07, 2016 06:17 AM
Rainmaker
2,310,576
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

You will love this. 

I was holding an open house on a Saturday afternoon.  My inspector was all dressed up in his inspector outfit with his company name and logo on his shirt.  He came in my open house, handed me a $10 Starbucks card along with some brochures about his company and chatted until a potential buyer arrived.  I loved him and have been using him ever since. 

Jan 07, 2016 03:30 AM
Rainmaker
4,800,132
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Recommendations from other agents.

Jan 07, 2016 03:07 AM
Rainmaker
432,962
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

I have had my  inspector or about 10 years.  My neighbor recommended him to me (they grew up together).  I had a bad experience with an inspector that I had been using and one of my buyers picked him off the list of ASHI inspectors that I provided.  He is great!  I have been using him since.  Now his wife is one of my best friends and I am actually getting to know his family- odd how these things work out!

Jan 07, 2016 12:33 AM
Rainer
30,285
Marina Sarabia & Kathleen Costanzo
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Fort Lauderdale, FL
954-914-8060 ~ 954-914-8056 ~ We Sell Broward !!!

The home inspection company was endorsed by our office.  Are they the greatest? No but they are really pretty much all the same in my opinion.  They do non-invasive inspections and have a list of exclusions that cover them from anything missed.  My suggestion is that you hire an individual contractor for electrical, one for plumbing, one for roofing etc.  That is the best way and not the companies that bring in six people like a three ring circus.

Jan 07, 2016 12:17 AM
Rainmaker
7,909,387
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

By the recommendations of other agents in the office.

Jan 07, 2016 12:13 AM
Rainmaker
1,668,196
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

The other side of a transaction used them and I really liked their work all the way around.

Jan 06, 2016 11:38 PM
Rainmaker
5,583,328
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

from being satisfied after participating with a deal on a home he inspected many years ago....and he's still going strong with us....

Jan 06, 2016 11:12 PM
Rainmaker
1,851,801
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Referral from another happy agent that used him. 

Hey which makes me think, you can ask an agent that you work with if you can use them as a testimonial of sorts to break in with other agents in that office. Nothing so formal but 'Jane says ..... ' I can do the same great job for you.

Other:  We have a great sense of humor & try & take the pressure off the buyer at the inspection. Some people get so tensed up they can't sleep the night before & think the house is going to kill them (REO) as example.

I'll never forget when my inspector turned on the sump pump to see if it was working & more water came in from the crack in the foundation then went out. It was like a firehouse coming back into the basement. We were soaked & of course the seller said there was no problems in the  basement.

Jan 06, 2016 11:11 PM
Rainmaker
140,768
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

As a recommendation of another agent.  I like that he told me flat out that he wouldn't take any guff from me.  I don't give arguments to inspectors.  I want them to be painfully honest.

Jan 06, 2016 11:10 PM
Rainmaker
661,390
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com

They inspected one of my listings.

They were obviously more professional and meticulous that my current company. They followed up to make sure wer recieved our copies and generally showed they wanted our business.

Jan 06, 2016 11:07 PM
Rainmaker
4,936,288
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Referral

Jan 06, 2016 10:51 PM
Rainmaker
469,510
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

Some by referral. Some by their marketing to our office. Some by whoever answers the phone and can meet our schedule.

Jan 06, 2016 10:13 PM
Rainmaker
5,070,191
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I have a list of 5 inspectors that has changed over the years. They have come to me through referrals or as primarily listing agent inspectors that buyers have used that are fair, thorough but not with an attitude! There is one inspector I'd never recommend..his arrogance is more than I can take.

Jan 06, 2016 09:25 PM
Rainmaker
3,416,088
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It was a referral and after having a great experience, i use them often. What i like is good or bad, they are not alarmists, they explain the good, the bad and what it means. 

Jan 06, 2016 09:12 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,791
FN LN
Toronto, ON

I don't hire / use a home inspector.  The buyer chooses the home inspector.  It can be one of their own choosing or from a list I provide.

Jan 06, 2016 09:08 PM
Rainmaker
5,280,456
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Met him at a Board function and have used him ever since!

Jan 06, 2016 08:41 PM
Rainmaker
3,071,860
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

We provide a list of several, along with a link to the full list.  Buyers choice!

Jan 06, 2016 07:55 PM
Rainmaker
4,434,177
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

We have  a list at the office. I give the list to the buyers if they ask me.

Jan 06, 2016 07:43 PM