NEVER TRUST YOUR BUILDER
NEVER TRUST A SELLERS DISCLOSURE
NEVER WAIVE THE INSPECTION
PEOPLE ARE GREEDY AND THEY WILL LIE
AND MISLEAD IN ORDER TO MAKE THEIR MONEY.
YOUR BEST INTEREST IS NOT THEIR BEST INTEREST,
YOUR MONEY IS THEIR BEST INTEREST.
WHAT BUILDER IS THE BEST?
WHAT BUILDER HAS THE BEST REVIEWS?
WHAT BUILDER HAS THE BEST WARRANTY?
EASY ANSWER, NONE OF THEM
NEVER TRUST YOUR BUILDER: I can honestly tell you that it doesn't matter what builder you go with, they all cut corners in one way or another to save time and money. In todays housing boom its quantity over quality no matter who the builder is. Some builders have raving reviews, this is because I haven't inspected one of their homes yet.
NEVER TRUST A SELLERS DISCLOSURE: Its too easy for the current owner to play ignorant and check the (I don't know) box. Sometimes they're coached by the listing agent, just to make the sale.
NEVER WAIVE THE INSPECTION: Just because the contract is stated AS-IS / NO room for negotiations regardless of the inspectors findings, does not mean you shouldn't be aware of the issues. Some of them can be extremely costly to repair. If the homeowner knows they won't have to negotiate price for any issues that an inspection may reveal, why would they tell the truth on the sellers disclosure?
Idaho home inspectors aren't state managed, state licensed or held to any standards of practice or code of ethics other than what an online inspection association holds them to, but they never check on them either. In my eyes, some of the inspection companies around here are in cahoots with the realtors / builders / developers and are being greased to let certain things slide. Is it possible to be the best builder and have the best contractors working for you and build the best quality homes with no issues? NO, not in todays fast paced housing market, its just not possible. Your go-to contractor that was always on time and always delivered perfection has gotten complacent, you just don't know it yet because you never had to check up on him. Houses are popping up so fast now that he has been stretched out so thin, he's tired and hates his job. He's in it for the paychecks and doesn't care anymore. Now he's cutting corners to save time so he can get to the next job. The cycle repeats and others see him cutting corners and they start doing the same. The jobsite managers aren't checking up on every build because there aren't enough of them nor is there enough time in the day to check all construction sites. More stuff gets overlooked and when its covered with sheathing or drywall and trim, nobody will ever know. Now they have been doing this for many, many years and some inspectors don't know what to look for or they've seen it this way for so long that they think this is the way it supposed to be done. Or worse, they're getting greased to not call it out.
I'm completely independent, I work for no other entity other than myself. I don't make an extra dime if you buy the house or if the realtor sells the house. My loyalty will always lie with the house. I make it my fiduciary duty to keep my clients best interest in mind when performing their inspection. I call out everything from a crooked light fixture to structural issues. I call out when jobs look to have been rushed or the quality was overlooked. A wise man once said, "Do it right the first time and you'll never have to do it again" (my dad) I love to keep people honest and hold them to their end of the bargain. You paid for a custom home, that's exactly what you should get.
What separates me from the rest? I'm not in this business to make friends, I'm in it to make sure my clients get what they paid for. I will complete your inspection and come back to support you when the builder wants to go over the report. I hate it when clients get bullied by builders and/or contractors. They have a protocol when it comes to addressing warranty issues and they don't like to deviate from said plan. It's my job to make them think outside the box. I don't have a problem hurting someone's feelings by telling them they're doing it wrong, I actually enjoy it! Home inspectors are in the opinion business and sometimes a custom builder needs to hear an outsiders honest and brutal opinion so they can step back and do some inhouse cleaning. Nobody wants to have negative reviews, it looks bad and they get outraged should anyone sully their good name. I don't do it on purpose, I do it with good intentions.
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