Oct 282017
 

Since all I’ve done the last few days is get my new book Badge Bunny out, send out my author’s newsletter, and work on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, I don’t have anything new to report to you today. So I thought I would talk a little bit about inspections.

After reading yesterday’s blog about the mechanic who gave the prospective buyers on our Winnebago motorhome such a bad report, somebody asked me if I think getting a pre-purchase inspection is really necessary, and if there is a way to know who you are hiring for that kind of work. Yes, I do think it’s necessary to have somebody check out the rig if you’re not capable of doing it yourself. It’s a big investment, and you would be foolish not to. But I don’t think you should rely on the guy at the garage down the street. If you are not familiar with RVs or mechanical things, you really need both a good mechanic to check out the engine, drive train, etc. and a certified RV tech to go over the systems like plumbing, house electrical, AC, etc.

Notice I said a certified RV tech. But just because someone is certified doesn’t necessarily mean they will do a good job. When we were first looking at purchasing our home here in Florida, we had a licensed home inspector go through the place for us. And the report he gave us scared us so much we backed out of the deal. According to him, it had everything from mold to fire hazards, and the roof could fall in at any time.

Then, we began asking ourselves how we could be so wrong about so many things. We looked at the house twice and we didn’t see any of the issues he was talking about. So, because we really liked the place, we had a second inspection done by a another licensed home inspector, and got a completely different and much more favorable report. Then, prior to getting insurance on it, the insurance company sent their own inspector by, and his report was also very good.



So there you have three licensed, certified home inspectors, one of which had us believing the place was going to be nothing but a money pit, and two others saying it was a pretty good deal for the price. I’ve got to believe that if an insurance company’s inspector says it’s good, we don’t have a lot to worry about. After all, they don’t want to insure something that’s going to become an expensive liability for them.

So was the first guy totally incompetent? Or was he just lazy and instead of actually doing a thorough inspection, wrote up whatever came to mind? Or, as one neighbor suggested, did he really want to buy the place himself? That neighbor, who says he knows inspector number one, claims that the fellow was going to make an offer on it once our deal fell through. How true that is, I really don’t know.

Some people have suggested that the mechanic who inspected our motorhome for the potential buyers may be trying to prepare them for a long list of repairs that he will be doing at an inflated price. Somebody else suggested that maybe he knows of another RV for sale that he wants to steer them toward, for a commission. Then again, it could be that he is just overly cautious. Or, maybe he is in over his head, which I tend to believe is possible, given his constant referral to the motorhome as a camper. Anybody who is around RVs very much knows that there is a big difference between a camper and a diesel coach.

At any rate, when I talked to someone from PPL Motorhomes yesterday, they said the buyers had not gotten back to them yet, and they were going to give them an ultimatum to either complete the sale or else the motorhome would be relisted as available. They don’t make any money letting it sit on their lot while somebody twiddles their thumbs.



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  3 Responses to “Let’s Talk Inspectors”

  1. We had someone approach us years ago about purchasing some of our rental properties. They had cash money, so they said, but I don’t think so. He didn’t make any offers, but wanted someone to look at them. I wouldn’t give him a key, since there was no firm action on his part, but he had a roofing contractor come out to look at the roofs. He immediately told the potential buyer that all (5) of the units needed new roofs and they would start at $19,000. When he came back to us with that I asked him why he would replace a 5-year old, 35-year roof? I really did let him have it on that one. They were all put on by a licensed roofing contractor, didn’t cost $19,000 and now, 6 years later are still going strong. I told the potential buyer, “We are done here.” We did sell them, cash money, to another very interested neighbor.

  2. I am surprised that PPL doesn’t insist on a NRVIA certified inspector. That poor inspector hurt two people yesterday. His client for one, who now will most likely not purchase a perfectly good motor home that would have worked for them. They put earnest money down and paid for an inspection, so clearly they thought it was a good deal.

    And he hurt the seller (you) because now that motor home has been off the market for weeks. Someone seriously looking at it is going to wonder what happened and if they ask, they will get the honest answer that the potential buyer changed their minds after an inspection.

    Maybe you could have your own NRVIA inspection done? It will cost a bit, but you can offer a potential buyer some assurances that way. And maybe even increase the price to offset the cost of the inspection.

  3. Were I PPL…I’d tell the looky loo to get off the pot quickly. And to let them know there were other potential buyers whose inspections were much more favorable than the first. Further I think that the lookyloo probably conned the inspector, hoping his poor result would net him a cheaper price. BACKFIRED.

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