Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Yes, Paul! During the recession, that was rampant! Another house would pop up that they thought they like better and they would stiff the inspector.

I would chase them down and explain - "The inspector had nothing to do with your termination of the Contract. He WAS asked, and DID, however, provide a service to you, for which you owe him." I had a couple of people hem and haw but, eventually they did pay. 

I haven't had that happen in a long time though - thank goodness!

Aug 12, 2018 09:20 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I tried on 2 occasions to explain to two different buyers on two separate inspections that they still owed the inspector. I ended up paying for one and the inspector returned My check onthe other time. I fired both clients...

Aug 12, 2018 07:33 PM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

You mean the buyer booked the home inspection, had the inspection, got the results, then won't pay for it? What an a-hole. I'd fire this client so frigging fast.

Aug 12, 2018 08:46 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Interesting question.  I don't recall this ever occurring to me.

Aug 12, 2018 07:55 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

No, and I hope that never happens.  The inspectors usually have their appointments pre-paid when the buyers schedule online here.

Aug 12, 2018 07:30 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

That has not happened. My clients order their inspections and pay for them upfront via credit card. I believe it's the law in NC that a report not be issued by the inspector until payment has been received and a "contract" signed for the inspection. So without paying upfront they don't get a report and don't know if they should or shouldn't walk from the house.

If they are serious buyers, they are nuts not to pay. That inspector could file a claim which would impact their credit and possible financing for the next home.

Aug 13, 2018 03:52 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Fortunately, I have not had this happen before. I had an inspectior that wouldn’t allow the buyer to leave the home before paying. I stopped using him after that instance. My current inspector won’t accept payment before the buyers say they are happy with his report.

Aug 12, 2018 07:36 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

our buyers order their own inspection and give credit card info to the inspector before it's done.  So, no.

Aug 12, 2018 10:06 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Our inspectors require payment up front before doing the work. 

Aug 12, 2018 09:52 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

And thus, the reason, most home inspectors require payment upfront BEFORE they do the home inspection.  That is rediculous that a buyer would refuse to pay an inspector when they did the job.  That is the risk a buyer must take when buying a home.  Honestly I have not had it happen ... but I would have a difficult time working with a buyer that did not see the need to pay a man for a hard day's work.

Aug 12, 2018 09:44 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

No. No. No, that does not happen in Blonde Universe. The home inspectors we work with get payment at time of service. They've learned!
Clients are instructed that they will prepay for inspections, nonrefundable, a cost of doing business.
Creeps such as you have described would be jettisoned. Don't F with our vendors!

Aug 13, 2018 03:09 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Fortunately, I have not had any buyer refuse to pay for the Home Inspection, the Termite Inspection, the Pool Inspection, etc.  Our buyers arrange how payment will be made before the Inspections, and then they do not receive their reports until that goes through.  So, it's no report if no payment has been made Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,.  

Aug 12, 2018 10:10 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Nope, those are C.O.D., it's not possible.

Aug 12, 2018 09:41 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Ooh, yikes. No. The inspectors have something the buyer sign when they hire them and it is contracted between the two of them. Unfortunately, the inspector may have to chase them for payment, but they owe it for services rendered. That's rough. -Kasey

Aug 12, 2018 08:39 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

        Tallahassee home inspectors require payment up front before doing the inspection.

       I have the Buyer contact the Inspector and arrange for the inspection.  If there is a "payment malfunction", I will not get stuck with the bill.

Aug 12, 2018 08:20 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We stay out of that arrangement, the buyer hires the inspector and pays according to their terms.

Aug 12, 2018 07:56 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

No, I do not think that has ever happened. That is why I have the buyer call and arrange payment directly with the home inspector so there are no problems.

Aug 12, 2018 07:45 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

No & it would never happen as payment at the start of the inspection. I have known buyers who are miffed over the price of it but then I explain how it saved them 100's of thousands dollars on a lemon.

Aug 13, 2018 05:25 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Not yet, but the day has just started

Aug 13, 2018 03:05 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - Not happend to me - yet.

Aug 12, 2018 10:58 PM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I've had some delay in paying. My primary inspector won't release the report before it's paid for and tries to arrange payment up front. 

Aug 12, 2018 09:07 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

What dirtbags!

I have never had a buyer not pay, or complain about the cost...but I have heard the stories.

IF however, I had a buyer stiff the inspector, I would pay them myself.


Aug 13, 2018 06:12 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

No, I have not.  Maybe that's why most of the inspectors insist on being paid at the time of service.

You would think that if the results were such that the buyer didn't want to buy the house... that would have proven the inspection highly valuable.

Aug 13, 2018 05:25 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No I have not.  I wonder if they would refuse to pay a doctor because they told him he had cancer?

Aug 13, 2018 05:01 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

No, the home inspection services in our area typically collect payment before or at time of the home inspection and I let buyers know that when they schedule their inspections. 

Aug 13, 2018 04:55 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It happens, but some of the inspectors get fees upfront and offer a discount for that.

Aug 13, 2018 04:54 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Home inspectors demand payment up front

Aug 13, 2018 04:47 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I always remind the buyer that inspections are fee-for-service & then let the inspector handle collection of funds (which most often occurs at the end of the inspection). 

Aug 13, 2018 04:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD


Aug 13, 2018 03:48 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

No it hasn’t happened to me. My clients book their own home inspections. I will provide the names of 3 inspectors if they don’t have someone.

Aug 12, 2018 10:43 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate


Aug 13, 2018 07:43 AM
Jordan Ayan
The Lifestyle Collection - Scottsdale, AZ
Luxury Market Expert, CLHMS,Million Dollar Guild

No, but our inspectors get a credit card over the phone before the inspector shows up.

Aug 13, 2018 05:52 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

They all paid.

Some objected to the reversal. Real estate agents giving everything away then encountering someone that actually wanted to be paid for their service. (What a concept!)

Yep, paying $300 to confirm what they already knew took them by surprise. Buyers pay before they see the inspection report in my little slice of paradise.


Aug 13, 2018 05:46 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Our Buyers pay the home inspector PRIOR to the inspection.

Aug 13, 2018 05:35 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Never happened to me. Just lucky I guess!

Aug 13, 2018 05:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Aug 12, 2018 09:15 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Buyers pay the inspections upfront.  The reports are not released until the company gets paid.  My answer is no. 

Aug 13, 2018 08:44 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no.... that hiring was done by the buyer....the agreement was between the buyer and the home inspector....we do not get involved with hiring a home inspector.... no one else is involved!!!

Aug 13, 2018 08:41 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

No has not happened.

Aug 13, 2018 08:40 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

No and I only recall one instance where the home inspection resulted in the termination of the contract.

Aug 13, 2018 07:24 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

No. It's clear that the home inspector is the buyer's responsibility whether or not he buys.

Aug 13, 2018 07:04 AM
Joyce Marie Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Ormond Beach, FL
Luxury & Ocean Homes in Central Florida

I have not had that happen. Payment is typically arranged between buyers and inspectors prior. 

Aug 13, 2018 06:18 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Nope.   I've had times that the buyer refuses home inspection because they thought they can safe money.  In your case, I'm going to be firm with the buyer so they pay for the service.  

Aug 13, 2018 01:40 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Sellers often provide a report to the buyers as a way to say this is as is sale.

Want to put others clauses or contigiency because of the condition? Sorry every other offers come with no contigiency.


Aug 13, 2018 09:46 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Our require payment upfront... I suspect for this reason.

Aug 13, 2018 09:06 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Aug 13, 2018 04:37 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

My home inspectors charges first thing before he starts.


Aug 19, 2018 11:38 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Nope!  I guess that's why payment is due at the conclusion of the inspection.

Aug 16, 2018 06:47 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

No, most inspectors won't release the report until they get paid, plus get it at the end of the inspection.

Aug 15, 2018 02:47 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Not yet, but this is a good reason to make sure the client calls for the inspection.

Aug 14, 2018 11:58 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No, my inspectors get paid when they arrive at the home

Aug 13, 2018 06:28 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

You betcha,

  • Buyer refused to pay for the inspection because they didn't like the results
  • Buyer refused to sign the mortgage docs because they didn't like the escrow officer
  • Buyer refused to buy the home because the walls were pink
  • Buyer refused to close because the seller wouldn't let them stay in it like they do on TV

I've got a million of them!

Aug 13, 2018 05:33 PM