Colonoscopies & Home Inspections Share Much

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:39

Home inspections share much with colonoscopies; both are invasive, both inspect to a level infrequently visited and both leave you a bit dazed and confused. Many agents, buyers and sellers might say that a good cleanse and nap is preferred to working through an inspection report. It doesn’t have to be that way. While there will be issues with every home, if the agents, buyers and sellers are properly prepared and have reasonable expectations the process doesn’t always have to be brutal.

Agents are critical to successfully resolving inspection issues. Not because they're so wonderful or special; they're disinterested and removed. To agents, it's all business; while sellers especially, take this very personally. It is after all, an attack on their home and it's not flattering and it will cost them money.

There are ways to get through inspections that satisfy all concerned. Every home has issues and every inspector is going to produce a lengthy report; that is why they are hired. Probably 75% of the home inspection is boilerplate - things the inspector knows will be issues. After reviewing hundreds it's easy to expect that things like:

  •  poor surface water control
  •  non working GFI outlets
  •  double tapped breakers
  •  wood rot
  •  aged roof
  •  clogged gutters
  •  vegetation too close to the house
  •  signs of rodents

These are expected. So it's key to set expectations for the inspection with both the buyer and seller, a good agent does that for their client.

There's much more to know about how to negotiate home inspections as Hank Miller explains in his article How to Keep Home Inspections Under Control. Learn how to keep things moving forward and to focus on what the key issues are that might be present.


The Hank Miller Team counsels home buyers and sellers in the Atlanta area with over 25 years of sales and appraisal experience.

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Hank Miller, SRA

Hank Miller is an Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser in the north metro Atlanta area. Since 1989, real estate has been his full time profession. Hank´s clients benefit from his appraisal and sales experience; they act upon data, not baseless opinions. He is an outspoken critic of the lax standards in the agent community.

Hank remains an active certified appraiser and completes specialty work for FNMA, lenders and attorneys. He is a well-known blogger and continues to guest write for multiple industry publications as well as national outlets like the WSJ, NYT, RE Magazine, USA Today and others. He is a regular on public Q&A sites on Zillow, Trulia and many others.

Hank consistently ranks in the top 1% of all agents in the metro Atlanta area. He runs the Hank Miller Team and is known as much for his ability as he is for his opinions. He is especially outspoken about the lack of professional standards and expectations in the real estate industry.

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