Why are home inspectors sometimes being held to a standard that no other profession or even individual is?
I am talking about the notion that if a home inspector makes 1 mistake in the inspection report it brings into question the entire report and the credibility of the inspector. I have heard this idea from home inspector educators, agents, and home inspectors themselves.
This notion itself is a variety of “incredible,” as in: NOT CREDIBLE.
Can you imagine what would happen if doctors, lawyers and politicians were held to this standard every day? I think there would be a serious shortage of doctors, lawyers and politicians.
For example, doctors typically misdiagnosis fatal diseases 20% of the time. While this means they are correct 80% of the time—-it only feels good if you are in the 80% group. I just hate it when I am in the 20% group.
Anyone that has ever been in a court of law knows that lawyers make mistakes ALL the time—-even losing cases they should have won.
Unless we are talking about Bulworth —-let’s not even go there.
I can almost promise you that there will be mistakes in my reports—-at the very least typos. And because the report is my opinion based on my experience and training it only stands to reason that sooner or later I am going to come up against something where the “accepted” answer turns out to be incorrect in the light of improved information—-or simply because I didn’t know any better.
As opposed to expecting your inspector to “know everything,” be wary of the one that pretends to know everything.
The answer is really quite simple—-hold it up to the light of day.
If it holds up to the scrutiny of other experts in the field, then the inspector gets to be in the 80% group—-if wrong on that one issue he gets to be in the 20% group—-and nobody had to die either—hopefully. If 80% is good enough for doctors, I suggest it ain’t bad for home inspectors either. It would be interesting to know what percentage of Home Inspection reports is “substantially” accurate.
Git over the typoes—-they happin.
I would put my money on Home Inspectors being better than 80% most of the time—although I have seen some report where clearly someone died.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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