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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