Domuspect is paid by the person contracting for the inspection. The person who contracts is the person who pays. Justification follows.
1a. Paying through escrow potentially or actually influences the inspector to report in a way that will facilitate the transaction. Even if contractual material is completed that assures payment if the transaction does not succeed, inspection payment will be delayed regardless of the state of the transaction. It will especially be delayed if the transaction does not succeed and if the client is reticent to reimburse for the failed transaction. Payment delay is a reasonable motivation that inspectors may (but not necessarily) angle their reporting in a way that makes the transaction succeed.
1b. I adhere to the ethics and conduct standards set forth by the ASHI organization. ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) standards say: 1. Inspectors shall avoid conflicts of interest or activities that compromise, or appear to compromise, professional independence, objectivity, or inspection integrity.
B. Inspectors shall not inspect properties under contingent arrangements whereby any compensation or future referrals are dependent on reported findings or on the sale of a property.
Online at: http://www.homeinspector.org/codeofethics/default.aspx.
Accessed 7.20.14. Emphasis mine.
2. Escrow payment for the inspection is ultimately by the seller, not the buyer. The inspection is thus the property of the seller, not the buyer. The State of Oregon requires inspectors to prominently display in their reports,
THIS REPORT IS INTENDED ONLY FOR THE USE OF THE PERSON PURCHASING THE HOME INSPECTION SERVICES. NO OTHER PERSON, INCLUDING A PURCHASER OF THE INSPECTED PROPERTY WHO DID NOT PURCHASE THE HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, MAY RELY UPON ANY REPRESENTATION MADE IN THE REPORT.The escrow purchased report can only be relied on by its purchaser – the seller. However, in diametrical opposition, the escrow-purchased report is assumed to be the property of the home buyers who have not purchased the inspection. The escrow-purchased inspection report is relied upon by the potential home buyers (and their realtor representative) as if it was the purchased possession of the buyers.