Canceled home inspections put Massachusetts inspectors out of work – Boston 25 News

Canceled home inspections put inspectors from Mass. Unemployed

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Jameson Malgeri was a Massachusetts building inspector for over seven years. He worries about the future of his industry.

“I think we’re going to lose a good chunk of building inspectors,” Malgeri said. “I think some guys are going to be laid off.”

The reason, he said, is the alarming tendency of homebuyers to forego inspections to make a more competitive offer in a hot housing market. Malgeri, director at New England Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectorssaid more and more buyers are removing their home inspection contingency, and that’s forcing inspectors out of business.

“I’m afraid people will realize the importance of home inspections, and we won’t have the inspectors once [inspections] come back,” Malgeri said.

According to a recent ASHI survey, 36% of home inspectors reported a “substantial loss” of revenue when asked about the impact on their business. Twelve percent reported losses of more than 50% and said they “may have to leave the business”, the survey found.

Malgeri said there are about 1,100 licensed home inspectors in Massachusetts. About 600 are active, he said.

“That’s what scares me – not so much what’s happening in the industry, but what we find [during an inspection]. We constantly find gas leaks. We encounter electrical problems every day. What will happen if these homes are never checked for these truly dangerous conditions? said Malgeri.

North Shore Real Estate Agent Kevin Vitali said waiver of inspection has become standard.

“Quite frankly, when I list a house, I get over 10 offers. People who do home inspections go to the bottom of the list,” Vitali said. “When you’re on your fourth or fifth offer and you keep losing it during a home inspection, it’s time to start talking to your client about it.”

Vitali said a possible solution could be a “pre-bid home inspection.” It’s no substitute for a full inspection report, but it can help save you money, he said.

“Some sellers do not allow [a pre-offer home inspection], but I actually brought a building inspector to an open house with me,” Vitali said. “These are not complete reports. These are modified reports, but it could save you from making a costly mistake.

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Maria D. Ervin