The Home Inspector Pledge

The Home Inspector Pledge

It seems as though every day, an affluent philanthropist passes away, and leaves me, a random stranger, as the sole beneficiary to their entire estate.  I simply need to wire a fee overseas in order to receive my inheritance.   I have wired funds to several lawyers now, and soon should be able to quit inspections, and lounge by a pool and work on my tan.

Just kidding…

We all know these emails, that penetrate through our spam filters, and inundate our inboxes, are scams.  However, many home buyers are not aware of the deceitful acts that exist in the home inspection industry. We call it the “perfidy of the pledger.”

Here is how it works…

You arrive at the due diligence phase of your home buying process and you proceed to search for a competent inspector.  After a few phone calls, you reach one inspector who informs you he has made a home inspection pledge to protect your privacy, and warns you of the dangers that lurk around inspectors who have not made such a pledge.  In essence, they have constructed a straw man, lit him on fire, and thrown him upon you to create the illusion of danger.  They are also conveniently present to extinguish the fire, and save the day, as to appear a hero.  This is done in an attempt to have you overlook the meager value they actually bring to your home buying process. Chances are, they are a bare minimum inspector.

The Truth…

Many of the inspectors involved in the perfidy are bare minimum inspectors. The truth is that the vast majorities of home inspectors belong to InterNACHI, ASHI, or are licensed in their state. As such, they adhere to the ethics of their organization, or laws of their state.  The ethical standards inspectors adhere to prevent them from sharing any client information, or report, without the permission of their client. In other words, the pledgers, are literally creating the illusion of danger, since nearly all inspectors are prohibited from sharing client data without permission. We don’t know any inspectors who actually sell their clients personal information. Inspectors, who hyperbolize the existence of such inspectors, are most likely bare minimum inspectors, who offer little value to their clients, and need to create the illusion that they offer you more privacy, and protection, than other inspectors. In fact, they don’t.