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REALTORS- Would You Consider a DIY Home Inspection for Your Clients? Why You Should Consider.

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By : Gary Fuller    99 or more times read
When your clients find their home and while going over the earnest money agreement, they decide on a home inspection. That evening they are discussing their new home. The conversation may go something like this: “I love the house, but I think we should update the hall bath. One says, I am not crazy about the color of the house, but since the house will need to be re-painted soon it will be a good time to change colors”. The other agrees. And so goes the conversation, (A typical conversation).

Most clients get very excited about their new house and dream about what improvements they can make, where their furniture will go, etc. If you have ever bought a home, you know the feeling.

Now comes the hired home inspection. A hired inspector will list every defect and concern he finds. He gives the inspection report to your client. Assuming he is an experienced inspector with good communication skills and writing skills, the report will be all you will need to negotiate. If not, you will need to question the inspector and his statements and report.

The client is a bit overwhelmed by the negative report and their dreams have been dampened. It is now your turn to explain, “This inspection report is typical and we can try to work through these issues with the seller, be patient, and let’s see what happens”.

The other option would be a “DIY Home Inspection, such as the BAIR System, (Building Analysis Inspection Report). There are many choices of DIY home inspections, however most are no more than a checklist for the user to fill out, without any “how to” instruction.

The downloaded BAIR System package includes a “Pre-Inspection Agreement” for your client to read and sign (for your records). The Pre Inspection agreement is a binding legal contract eliminating any liability between you, (the Realtor), and your client (buyer or seller), for using the BAIR System. Your client would simply read and sign the agreement and give you a copy for your records. It is similar to what the inspector has the client read and sign prior to an inspection.

The BAIR System has comprehensive instructions that the average person can follow to guide one through their inspection. It explains how to inspect ANY component found in a home. Most DIY Home Inspection Reports on the market do not have this instruction guide. Without how to instruction these inspection reports are useless unless the user has a good back ground in construction and the knowledge of the working mechanics of a home.

Now, if your client was to perform their own inspection, many of these issues brought up by the hired inspector would not be in their report. Because they know what they are capable of handling and what their future plans are with there new home. This automatically eliminates the negativity. They would not list anything they are capable of repairing themselves, or what a friend or relative would be able to do for them.

The DIY home inspection gives them more time in their new home to further plan and learn the home.

A draw back to the Realtor is they may need to stay for the inspection if the home is occupied, unless the seller will be present. On the other hand, just being there with your clients may be a big plus for you.

Home sellers who have used the BAIR System as a Pre-Listing tool have learned the majority of defects found have do it yourself remedies.

The BAIR (Building Analysis Inspection Report) System has been designed by a home inspector who has completed 7000 home inspections. It is designed to be thorough yet an easy to follow. It is broken down into sections with a checklist for each section as well as a summary page for evaluation at the back of the report.
The BAIR (Building Analysis Inspection Report) System is a DIY Home Inspection System written by a retired Home Inspector who has completed over 7000 home and commercial inspections. It is designed to be thorough yet easy to follow. The information before each section should be read before inspecting. If you follow the system, and when you fill out your summary page your report will tell you what you need and want to know about the home.

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