Avoid home inspectors in Santa Clarita
Avoid home inspectors in Santa Clarita. You wouldn’t go to a landscaper to have your teeth cleaned, would you? Of course not. By the same token, you probably wouldn’t have the intern perform surgery on you I’m sure. Of course, these examples are silly but people all over Santa Clarita and beyond do things like this every day when it comes to buying a house and choosing a Home inspector to evaluate it. I’m talking about home inspections here in Santa Clarita. The fact is… even if I wasn’t a contractor, I’d never hire a home inspector to perform your Santa Clarita Home Inspection who didn’t use building code as their basis for your inspection. Of course, there’s a lot more to a house than water heaters and firewalls.
The very last person ANY realtor in Santa Clarita wants you to hire is a person who knows a lot about building construction. An individual who has the ability to kill a deal thus eliminating their paycheck.TRUTH
“Wow, Marc, that’s a pretty crazy thing to say about an industry you share with so many”. Not really, because I don’t share this industry with anyone. I totally understand that even though I consider myself a home inspector here in Santa Clarita, I am really not. I am a specialist who also happens to perform home inspections. But I would be remiss if I did not at least attempt to warn you of the pitfalls when blindly choosing just any Santa Clarita home inspection company. The fact is, you may just be wasting your money.
DO NOT RELY ON YELP OR GOOGLE REVIEWS TO CHOOSE YOUR SANTA CLARITA HOME INSPECTORCurrently, I have over 150 5-star Yelp reviews and last I checked over 20+ Google reviews. What I find interesting about reviews is that they are all front-loaded. What I mean is, they are all written right after the home inspection has been completed. Right about the time when emotions are super high and the clients are stoked that they are one step closer to buying a house.
Of course, when it comes to experience, well, the client will usually take the inspector’s word for it or just trust himTRUTHI find that most reviews are based on the client’s perception of how well the inspector performed his duty. That perception is largely based on how the inspector holds himself. His attitude and friendliness. Of course, when it comes to experience, well, the client will usually take the inspector’s word for it or just trust him. Actually, the client should only choose an inspector who can quantify their experience. This can be done through real genuine certifiable experience like with Engineers and Contractors.
Superficial items are easy to find. Big-ticket, significant items are not easy to findNot necessarily how much the inspector knows about building codes and what significant items were detected. Superficial items are easy to find. Big-ticket, significant items are not easy to find. As a home buyer, you want an inspector who knows building code front to back.
In a nutshell… Home inspection is easy to “fake”. Get “certified” online, get a great website and have a whole bunch of reviews that say you’re great, based on well… the inspector’s personality and perception of his performance.
I feel people should write reviews a few months after actually living in the house that was inspected. This way they can see first-hand items which were missed and others which actually helped save money or even their life. In this manner, the reviews may have been written a little differently.
You need to dig deep when choosing your Santa Clarita Home Inspection CompanyThat said, I find it amazing how so few people actually put any extra effort into choosing their home inspectors in Santa Clarita. I mean, really dig deep into who they are relying on to help them determine if the house they wish to buy is good, or just a pile of crap. I see people who put more effort into choosing a new $1000 phone, then they do the person who’s gonna inspect their $900,000 new home purchase.
Yet, this process plays out day in and day out here in Santa Clarita and elsewhere. Rest assured. After having performed well over 15,000 home inspections in Santa Clarita over a span of 25 years, it still amazes me.
So before you choose the cheapest home inspectors in Santa Clarita. Before you choose the most available. And God forbid before you choose the “realtors guy“, think about this…, almost none of these local inspectors “really” care whether or not you’re burdened with issues which were missed under their care after the escrow closes. Heck, the only thing these guys care bout is whether they piss-off the realtors so bad that they never get a referral again.
So when you move in and find that busted water heater. Busted pipe. Or an electric system that is for the most part, “shot”, don’t go asking the realtor or your home inspectors in Santa Clarita to help you. Home warranty companies for that matter are worthless as well.
ZERO STANDARDS for home inspectors in Santa ClaritaLet’s take a poll. Who here knew that California has ZERO standards or qualifications to become home inspections in Santa Clarita?
Funny thing here in California. There are no standards to speak of to work as a Santa Clarita Home Inspector. Of course, it helps to know construction or comes from a construction background. After all, it’s what you might expect right?
- No formal construction education needed… scary huh?
- home Inspection License? Please… no such thing
- Being a contractor is not a requirement (it’s actually frowned upon by realtors as knowing too much)
At the same time, taking an online or classroom examination is the norm for many home inspectors in Santa Clarita. Wow… I know. Essentially I’m telling you that the person who you want to evaluate your future purchase may not have ever even picked up a hammer. Crazy huh? Well, it’s true.
I would never choose my Santa Clarita home Inspector who is merely “certified”. Only choose an inspector who can quantify their experiences like Engineers and Contractors.
Choose your inspector based on these three things…
- Contractor or Engineer with quantifiable experience
- Has performed over 5,000 real home inspections
- Make sure they possess insurance
REALTOR COLLUSION IS A REAL THINGIf you think for one second that Home Inspectors in Santa Clarita are not in the pockets of the local Santa Clarita Realtors you are sadly mistaken.
All home inspectors in Santa Clarita work for realtors and probably get upwards of over 80% of their business from Santa Clarita real estate agents.TRUTHLet me re-phrase that. All home inspectors in Santa Clarita work for realtors and probably get upwards of over 80% of their business from Santa Clarita real estate agents. So let me put this into perspective. The same people who want to close your escrow so they can make their $10-20++ thousand dollars is pushing, choosing or otherwise helping you to choose the home inspector who can make or break that deal? HAHA… Please.
As a home inspector, say the wrong thing… find too much…take too long and you will find yourself blacklisted from their cozy community. Whatever…
Truth:The very last person ANY realtor in Santa Clarita wants you to hire is a person who knows a lot about building construction. An individual who has the ability to kill a deal thus eliminating their paycheck.
So what do realtors in Santa Clarita want?
- A home inspector who knows very little about construction
- Quiet home inspectors who are fast… get in and get out quickly and don’t have diarrhea of the mouth
- Inexpensive home inspectors
Here’s a not so secrete, secrete… MAZZA inspection is “blacklisted” from performing home inspections in Santa Clarita. What does that mean? It means that the majority of realtors out here cannot stand that we actually know a thing or two about buildings. And that we work for the clients only and NOT for the realtor’s paycheck. Essentially we’re not “team players”
FAST and CHEAP… YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
Of course, if you want to ensure the home inspector you choose is the best stay away from realtor referrals or their lame lists. You can always opt to perform your own inspection from a checklist.
Furthermore, if you want to make sure you get a great inspector choose one that is not the cheapest. An individual who is not readily available. Lastly, choose a Contractor or Engineer with insurance who are also home inspectors in Santa Clarita.
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