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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Thorough, unbiased and stays fixed on their business, not mine.

Feb 18, 2016 09:12 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I give my buyers three options, and they always want to know the one I use the most often. 

Feb 19, 2016 10:56 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We pass out a "Vendors List" to our clients of proven inspectors . There's always more than one choice in each catagory .

Feb 18, 2016 10:13 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes I do greatly influence who the buyer chooses for an inspection. Failure to protect a buyer from walking into a nightmare is real estate malpractice, in my ever humble opinion.

What do I look for:

1. Loose lips sink ships. Shut up and do your work in a fast and effective manner.

2. It is about THAT house and only that house. Your OPINION must remain a secret.

3. Drama queens not invited.

4. If I'm in a bind, you need to come out on Sat or Sun.

5. 24 hour turn around for report.


7. Understand your dialog is different when the house is constructed in 1914 as opposed to 2014.

8. Use red ink and you are fired!

9. If a unseated plug behind the range appears on the report and I find out I could seat the plug with the toe of my are fired!

That should give you a good start.

Feb 18, 2016 09:23 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL


Dec 01, 2019 09:36 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Yes, we give them a list of the inspectors.

Dec 01, 2019 09:14 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We let them choose.

May 21, 2019 08:58 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Coralyn - I provide them with at least 3 options if they have no idea who to go with, but I also provide them with info on where they can find their own home inspector and let them know that the choice is entirely up to them.

Feb 21, 2016 02:35 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I give out a list if they ask. 

Feb 19, 2016 07:36 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I tell them my top two inspectors that I've had a lot of great experiences with.  I also tell them my bottom 10 that I've had bad experiences with.  Then I remind them and have them sign a document that says it's 100% their choice who they choose.  

Feb 19, 2016 06:44 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

If they ask, I give them several names from which they can choose. An inspector needs to know what he's doing and be thorough without overstepping his parameters as an inspector.

Feb 19, 2016 05:20 AM
Coralyn Loomis
Mountain Valley Inspections - Kingston, NY
Business Manager, Home Inspections in NY

Thanks everyone for your answers. In NY, home inspectors must be licensed by the state (failure to do so is a misdemeanor at first offense). The state licenses doesn't only show credentials but also ensures that the inspector has been background checked and cleared and has insurance. If your state requires a licenses to perform Inspections, do you check their licenses against the state databases to make sure they are valid? 

Feb 19, 2016 03:57 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, I suggest three that I'm familiar with.  I prefer ones that are thorough and with a gentle disposition when giving their reports.

Feb 19, 2016 03:57 AM
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

Absolutely. I have an inspector that I have recommended for several years that does a thorough inspection, produces a client-friendly report with photos, and is available to discuss any concerns. Those three qualities are what I value the most.

Feb 19, 2016 03:36 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, I provide a listing of inspectors that do good work, based on my prior usage of them.

Feb 19, 2016 03:30 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I offer a short list of referrals and let them choose. Expertise, reliability and non-inflammatory presentation of any issues are things I look for in inspectors.

Feb 19, 2016 02:10 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. The suggestion would be based on positive results in the past.

Feb 19, 2016 01:27 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I ask them if they already have one. if not, I will give them the names of 2 or 3 to call, but tell them they can choose whoever they want.

Feb 19, 2016 12:23 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

I give my clients two inspectors to choose from.  Mine are based on throughness and customer service oriented (meaning they are good with not frightening my buyers, not pandering to me)

Feb 19, 2016 12:17 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Yes I do but I give them multiples just like with lenders.

Feb 19, 2016 12:17 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

If agent is claiming to represent a buyer than their job is to make sure that buyer is on the best track possible.  Handing the buyer a long list of inspectors is not what a good buyers agent does,  The buyer does not need the yellow pages, they need an expert recommendation...( of course if agent never goes to inspections, than that is a problem)

We have tried dozens of inspectors and always go back to referring two, the best 2.  these are the qualities we look for:

1.  Experienced with extensive knowledge of the components of a house.

2.  No shortcuts...I want everything inspected, not just a sampling.

3.  Someone who is not afraid to call it like it is...and will not let the listing agent intimidate them.

4.  Clear and concise  report with large colored pictures and a summary page.

5.  Someone who communicates effectively with the seller, buyer and listing agent.

6.  Someone who will work early, late or on weekends if needed.

7. An inspector that adhers to higher standards like ASHI, or the like.


 Ps:  and yes, I do want them to be biased,.,they are hired, paid and work for the buyer.  The sellers opinion, feelings or desires are not relevant.

Feb 18, 2016 11:31 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I tell the prospective buyer, here is a list of inspectors in the order that I personally would select for my home--speak to each one or not, and let me know your decision.
The BEST ones offer pest and mold, online reports and payment. My top one prints paper copy for buyer if present, then emails us all digital with good color pics later that/next day.

Feb 18, 2016 11:19 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I provide names of inspector I have used if buyers do not have one so they can make a choice.

I want an inspector who is thorough, not biased, focussed on doing what the client needs, and who provides a detailed report with documentation through photos.

Feb 18, 2016 10:50 PM
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

I have a really great Home Inspector I recommend because I have been using him for 18 years. He used to be a contractor, his reports have photos of every major component with a how to keep it running well section. He references photos and paragraphs that are very easy for anyone to see and understand. He gives a walk through with my buyers to show where important things are found like the water shut off. He explains what he found, wants the buyer to ask questions and he asks if I have questions. I get the report within 48 hours and he is available via phone if anyone in the party has questions. I am confident in his abilities.

Feb 18, 2016 10:26 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Yes I do and I have several that are competent and a pleasure to work with.

Feb 18, 2016 10:04 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I provide a list of names.  

Honest, knowledgeable, thorough.   

Feb 18, 2016 10:02 PM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I provide choice then stand clear.

Feb 18, 2016 10:01 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we have a few names that we provide and give all of them....

Feb 18, 2016 09:55 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Have a couple to recommend that are totally focused and unbiased!

Feb 18, 2016 09:39 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I provide a list of 3 choices.

Feb 18, 2016 09:23 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

We give them a list of inspectors who do a thorough job and provide a comprehensive report.

Feb 18, 2016 09:13 PM