Bring something to do while the inspection is being done, but you and the buyer should be there start to finish.
Yes, I attend buyersâ€™ inspections for varied reasons. First, I think itâ€™s important that clients know that you are there to support them in the entire homebuying process. This means, your job is not limited to solely showing houses/condos. While it may be time consuming, attending the inspection lets the buyer know that you are not just worried about making a commission, but that you also care about whatâ€™s going on with their future home.
Second, I think attending the home inspection allows the agent to better articulate issues that need to be addressed should anything arise during the assessment. You will understand what the problem is and what your client expects it to be resolved.
I also think itâ€™s important to encourage re-inspections if issues were identified during the first inspection. While some items may be minor, itâ€™s best to have an expert confirm that work has been satisfactorily completed. While it may cost them a few hundred dollars, itâ€™s better to pay upfront and know that the work is right, versus finding problems after they've moved in.
Attending inspections is definitely an added value as an agent. You want your clients to remember you (and refer you to others) because you went beyond the call of duty. Attending inspections may not be a requirement for regular agents, but it is for great agents.
Wow, i neve knew about this. It sounds good but I have to agree that i like to be there in person. i have attend all my buyers home inspections because it is a great time to ask questions, especially for a first time home buyer.
i just recently completed one with my first time buyer and there was a spot on the wall that appeared to be just some dirt and it turned out to be mold. i believe it is imperative for the buyer to be there so they can get to know the good and bad of a home.
I also want to be able to ascertain what items are a must to fight for and which I can concede on to seal the deal.
I agree with Debbie Rose, I don't want to be responsible for strangers in the home and will stick around for that purpose, too.
The sellers are ok with a stranger (ie - the inspector) being left in their home alone?
Or, if the seller is home - they're ok with having this stranger roam around their home with no one else present?
I guess expectations are way different in my area..........as that scenario would not happen here.
I encourage my Buyers to be present as well as it is a great time to ask specific questions / address concerns with the inspector.
I always receive the report at the end of the inspection and given how tight the timelines may be sometimes especially if additionally inspections are necessary as a result of the home inspection I would not be at all comfortable with "usually send the report the next day by email or fax".
I attend every inspection whether I am representing the buyer or the seller. And, unless my buyers cannot be in town they are there as well. And, that's thse way it should be for all the reasons given in the answers below.
Its always a good business practice and a matter of courtesy to be present at home inspections--especially if the prospective buyer(s) plan on being there.
It would behoove the buyer(s) to know exactly what he/she/they are getting themselves into. They'll also have an opportunity to ask questions and get immediate answers.
Home inspectors (especially the highly experienced variety) are a fountain of knowledge for those of us that don't know the A to Z of construction and maintenance. I've always walked away learning a thing or two (or 10).
Little things like accompanying them at the inspection are going to resonate in your client's mind whenever he or she is asked in the future to recommend an agent.
I think it is......
Shouldn't the buyers be there to ask questions and have things explained to them during the inspection?
I think they should...........
Isn't it a courtesy to the owner to be present while someone (a stranger - the inspector) goes through their home from top to bottom?
I think it is..........
I wouldn't allow an inspector to be alone in a vacant house even if my buyers couldn't attend.
For the record - one time as I checked a home following an inspection before locking up...... I noticed the inspector inadvertently left the oven on, set at 400 degrees!
Why would an agent look to find a way not attend an inspection....or have their buyer not attend?
Maybe I am missing something, but I don;t get it...or the question.
I feel the buyer and their Realtor should be present for the home inspection. This way, the inspector can physically show the buyer and their Realtor items of concern (if there are any).
Good evening. With my experience of working with buyers, I would be concerned about a company that doesn't require or welcomes the buyer and/or realtor to be present for the home inspection. The buyer, if anyone, should be there. This is a time when the inspector can provide the buyer with a visual explanation of the aspects of the home that's being purchased, and if there are any defects, the inspector can let the buyer know immediately. Also, you get to see the service you have paid for at work.
Always. I can'[t imagine any buyer or agent purposely choosing not be present at a home inspection on a purchase property. It is a great opportunity to learn about the property from an objective source. More importantly, if there are any problems that arise, they can ask the inspector immediately and find if it's serious.
Best of Luck,