Which one of these homes is perfect? The answer is BOTH. Sure, the one on the left is a sprawling Rancho Santa Fe estate and the one on the right could use a probably use a new roof, paint, and a lot of TLC, but to the family buying it; it just might be perfect.
Trust me, it’s a rare thing to inspect a home and find no defects at all. Although the RSF house is new and beautiful, I’m likely to find a thing or two that the buyers should know before closing escrow. Whether it’s a multi-million dollar estate on 2 acres or a 2 bed, 1 bath on a busy street, they both should be inspected thoroughly and with the same level of professionalism.
At Level Best I know how hard people work to get into the real estate market and how hard you agents work to help them do it. This is why I believe it’s important to perform my inspections and prepare my reports in a spirit of education rather than criticism. The buyer should leave the inspection understanding their new home; where the water, gas, and electricity come in, where the cleanout of the lateral is located, how to care for their water heater and A/C, among other things. Of course we’ll have to deal with whatever defects I find, but it’s presented as what needs immediate attention, what can wait a little while and what they should save a little every month for. Rather than, Here’s all the reasons you shouldn’t go through with this purchase.
I’ve worked with enough agents and heard enough horror stories about how this deal fell apart or that escrow blew up because some inspector decided to be a show-off. An inspector should be able to communicate whatever defects a house might have without sending everyone running for the hills. The buyer should know what all of us already do and that is that there is no such thing as a perfect house but there are such things as perfect homes.
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