Crushing someone’s dreams.
The deal killer.
Being the bad guy.
It’s one of the worst things about being a professional home inspector. No matter how good we are at our job, how creative we are at writing reports, or how empathetically we deliver our findings, eventually we’re going to be right there in the middle of things when someone cancels a contract to buy a house.
And there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s our job to tell our clients what’s wrong with the house.
Sooner or later, it’s bound to happen. Some houses are just too much for some buyers to handle. Sometimes, there’s just too many repairs to be made, and the numbers just don’t make sense. This house, in this neighborhood, at this price, with this much money needing to be spend on repairs, it just doesn’t work. It’s nobody’s fault; those are just the facts. Sometimes, the deal just doesn’t make sense.
And if you’ve never been the one to deliver this bad news?
Maybe you need to look at exactly what it is you’re supposed to be doing for your clients.