Hope this helps.
The short answer to your question is, no you do not have to attend a home inspection.
Here's a great resource you might find helpful about home inspections and what to expect: http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-10-05/what-to-expect-when-yo
After you read the post, you may decide it is advantageous to be present during an inspection. At Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale, we always send an agent to the inspection as part of our service to clients.
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Clients that are unable to attend, I contact by phone if possible after I send the report. I take about 120 to 160 photos on a 2,000 sq ft home on the average and a good number of them are included in the report.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact your inspector first so he may be able to explain or possibly re-inspect the item in question. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
It is not required but I highly recommend that both buyers and sellers be there because at the end of the inspection, the inspector will review by showing and explain the affected areas and will make his/her recommendations for solutions.
However, there are properties that are sold "AS-IS With A Right To An Inspection". Which means that sellers declare that their properties are not new - even if some properties had been substantially upgraded or remodeled - and they are selling their properties in the condition as seen by potential buyers. Therefore, sellers claim that they will not contribute one penny towards any repairs. But, equally, upon an inspection - depending on the Sale and Purchase Contract's AS-IS provision, usually buyers don't have to buy the property if there is something wrong at all, even if it would cost one penny to fix a problem (please make sure you have the AS-IS clause of any contracts fully explained by your real estate professional or consult with an attorney to explain the entire Sale and Purchase Contract if you are buying directly from a seller).
Even if buyers are interested in properties that have been "completely" upgraded and they appear in perfect condition, I highly recommend to all buyers have properties of interest fully inspected. The average cost of $350 can be a great and wise investment.
Generally, in an "AS-IS" property sale, an inspection is beneficial for buyers to look for heavy structural damages or repairs that can add up to substantial costs, then decide to move forward or not with the purchase.
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You would not have asked it if this was not a issue for you at this time.
IF you can not attend, you would be well advised to have someone you trust to be in attendance. Inspectors have a goal that may be different than that of the home buyer. Those that may be selected from the yellow pages that advertises they will recover the total inspection costs by finding 'stuff" will complicate this situation. Instead, follow your agents recommendation and use an inspector familiar with homes of this type and in this environment. Your agent wants you to receive relevant information regarding this homes condition not the hysteria that many inspectors can create.
Should issues be found as a result of the inspection....and there will be....your designated observer will need to be able to convey to you the significance of this finding in the ENGLISH you can understand. If the home computer is plugged into the outlet and it working properly, what significance does reversed polarity really have? There is a lot of 'nonsense' in these inspection reports. This observer will need to ask, "When this problem is resolved....'What will it LOOK like?' Very often it is impossible to determine if a repair has been made relying solely on the written report even with all the pictures.
This is where your trusted real estate consultant, once more, demonstrates their value. They can identify for you the 'non-sense,' the cosmetic, what is expected in a home of this age and type, and those issues that would require re-opening negotiations or finding another house.
All agents would advise you to be present. If that is not possible, it is important you do not lose the benefit such a protection provides. Choose wisely.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
La Rosa Realty
Getting a report, even if there are photos, is not the same as walking through with the inspector.
An inspector will show the buyer items that may be fine now, but might require attention in the future. They will get the inspectors opinion on construction, energy efficiency and other things that are not required to be in a report.
Of course, if the buyer is not local, or simply cannot be present, that cannot be helped. I know that in those cases my buyers feel better knowing that I am there for them. I will go through the report with the inspector at the property, so that I can discuss it with the buyers and explain any items that may be noted.
It is prudent to attend the property inspection, as a property inspector will give you a very
good idea on the attributes and issues with the home.
It also pays to ask questions, and understand how things work, how long they last,
new products available. etc.
Ruth and Perry
Nobody is required to attend. That said somebody has to let the inspector into the property.
I always suggest to the buyers that they attend the inspection if possible. Many times when dealing with investors they might not be anywhere near where the property is located.
I always attend all inspections regardless whether I represent the buyer or seller. I want to be able to give my customer a firsthand report of what I have personally seen. Although the inspector usually takes photos of any deficiencies in the property it is nice to know that your agent has firsthand knowledge of what the inspector finds. Or to have the knowledge to point out certain important facts to the buyer when they take possession of the house.
For instance: if the inspector writes in his report that the water shut off for the whole house is on the left side of the garage door, I want to be able to show that shut off to my buyer when we do the final walkthrough.
I hope I was able to help!!
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