Should you use your real estate agent’s recommendation for home inspector?
When doing a pre-purchase home inspection, many potential buyers will turn to their agent for a recommendation. Usually they do this for the simple fact that they don’t know any inspectors and their realtors do. Whether you use their recommendation of a certain inspector depends greatly on your agent, their reputation, and how much you trust them.
An ethical and experienced realtor behaves in their client’s best interest even if this means advising their client to walk away from a potential purchase. Every agent should put their client’s interest above their financial gain from a transaction because a realtor will build their reputation in great part on their integrity.
It would not be in the realtor’s long-term best interest to use home inspectors who’d exaggerate or outright lie about the home’s condition in order to ensure a deal goes through. Eventually, the home buyer will discover that their inspector was subpar and that will reflect negatively on the recommending agent.
Yes, it’s always possible that an agent will recommend an inspector that will be dishonest, however, it wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) be common practice in the industry. Having said that, there are some states where realtors are not allowed to recommend an inspector. So depending on where you live, you might have to find your own inspector.
Here are some points to consider according to homebuying.about.com:
• Your agent works for you and in your best interest. If they don’t, then their neither a good agent or a reputable one.•To stay in business, agents must build their business based on referrals. Poor or dishonest agents who’ve tricked their clients, won’t stay in business very long.•A reputable agent should be willing to help you negotiate with the seller any problems uncovered by the home inspection. They should also be prepared to advise you to walk away if necessary.•A good realtor will only work with good home inspectors through the years.•A good agent will not want an inspector to miss serious issues because it will reflect upon them as the referring agent.
So if you’re comfortable and trust your agent, using the home inspector they recommend should not be a problem unless it’s not permitted by local laws.