I always tell my buyers to bring a book or some work with them...often we do paperwork together while the inspector is working. Typically, the heavy Q & A and results discussion is at the end.
Premier Ca Realty
Let the inspector do his job. You are using him as you built trust in his work...
You will be making a decision that will impact one of the most important decisions of your life on one of the biggest investments you will perhaps ever make. The more information and knowledge you acquire during this process the better armed you will be when it comes time to sign a significant part of your life away.
Additionally, the seller has the right to participate in the entire inspection process whether he's paying for the inspection or not. After all it's their home and they have as much right to better understand the dynamics of how it's put together as much as the buyer does. If there are defects or issues the seller needs to address they need to be informed as such.
If I am working with the buyer (most of the time I am)
I follow the inspector and ask a boat load of questions. I encourage my client to do the same.
When working with sellers, I try and be a little more reserved,but I still ask questions.
I often times learn things during inspections that benefit me personally!
Kawain Payne, Realtor
The more transparent the inspection the better as far as I'm concerned and the less likely there are to be any non disclosure lawsuits arise. As a matter of fact when I did field inspections for homeowners who had property damage insurance claims I used to do it with audio/visual assistance. It really worked and helped to get my client the best possible coverage on their loss.
Once the inspector arrives, I introduce the buyers and ask the inspector's preference as far as us waiting to the end for results and questions, or following along. Most inspectors are willing to have the prospective homeowners follow them throughout the property, and often the buyers learn much more than they would just listening to the report at the end of the inspection.
Most realtors have probably encountered homebuyers that don't want to interact with the inspector other than get the final review and then others who want the inspector to literally rebuild the house for them. I have found as long as all parties are courteous, home inspectors are willing to go above and beyond (or, in this case, crawl under and climb over) during the course of the inspection!
There was an inspector in my area who didn't allow conversation until the end of the inspection. I really don't think that's helpful. With a good inspector the buyer will walk away with a good sense of what the issues are, an idea of how the house functions, and guidance for ongoing maintenance and care of the property.
I do, however, ask for a copy of the inspection report and will disclose the contents to any future buyers if the current buyer backs out.
We let the inspector do his job and wait for the summary at the end.
I try to call the buyers towards the end and give them a summary. some buyers want to be there from the beggining and that is fine too...
Now, on the Listing side, I NEVER attend the inspection and instruct the Inspector and Selling Agent NOT to provide the inspection report to the SELLER nor ME. If we see it, we have to disclose it.