I don't recommend it. They buyer should be present, as it's their inspection at their expense. Personally I think the buyer and seller should have as little contact as possible until all contingencies are removed. You don't know what you may say which will interfere with the process and possibly put the buyer off. They want to take in all the inspector has to say and show them. If/when the inspector finds an issue they will ask you to address, it's best for this to be handled through the agents. If you attend the inspection you may find yourself trying to explain everything that comes up, and much of it won't need your explanation.
Once the inspection is complete, they may request you address some issues uncovered by the inspector or they may accept the home as is. Once the requests are made and negotiated it would be a good time for you and the buyer to meet and discuss any other issues prior to closing assuming all other contingencies have been removed.
I agree the seller should just be around to answer questions but not follow them. I do believe the inspector is there to inspect the house for things that the seller may not have been aware of also. The point though is not to get a huge laundry list of things that the buyer can now try to use to lower the price of the initial offer. Example of points that had nothing to do with defects.
1.Attic above garage doesn't have insulation - its not a heated garage
2.Drain on patio will need to be cleaned so no standing water - Was clean and no standing water. Just like a gutter when leaves fall in it they need to be cleaned.
3.Possible lead paint because house25 years old - no test done and no proof this is an issue
4. Exterior lighting not functioning on 2 bulb fixture 1 bulb works - test the 1 socket maybe its burnt out
5. A basement room with a bed in it doesn't have an egress window - never claimed it to be a bedroom and only listed 4 bedroom home not 5
6. No insulation in crawl space - its a crawl space
7. Pond my have a leak - drained it for winter, he assumed it was a leak
Point being concentrate on defects not home maintenance or things that would be nice but not required. We told the buyer to go away and realtor to get it back on the market because of the home inspector. An inspector can go to far and make the buyer think they control the sale, but we own the home and we control the sale of the home.
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There was absolutely no problem with my home, however by the time the inspecter and buyer left there was. They pulled the washer out, with body force crushed my wall and then claimed a leak, soaked a piece of the drywall in the laundry sink, as their "evidence" of a leak. Then bowed out of the contract!
I was left to repair a crushed wall that had absolutely no leak.... Ever! Talk about mad! I personally don't care how much I step on a buyer's toes. I will be there for all inspections in the future. The home is still my home and as of the time of inspection.... no one has invested as much as I have in it.
A lot could be settled with a meeting of the minds.
Best of luck with your house hunting. With financing at a all time low, this is a great time to purchase a home.
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While there is no "rule" here, I would discuss this further with your agent if you feel you need to be present.
Usually the seller is not present and if they feel the need to have some present they have their agent there. The home inspection is paid for by the buyer and it insures them that there are no real issues with the home. It also helps the buyer and their agent write the repair addendum if one is needed. If the buyer terminates the transaction due to the home inspection the seller has a right to request a copy. That verbiage is in the sale agreement.
Hope that helps answer your question.
It is the responsibility of the Buyer's Realtor and the Inspector to ensure the home is left in good shape, the garbage disposal is off, the faucets are not running, etc.
Personally, I do not want the Seller at the Inspection, whether I am representing the Seller or the Buyer. Before the inspection starts, the Buyer hands a check over to the Inspector. The Buyer pays for the inspection of their potential new home, and this is their time to see if this particular home will fit their requirements.
the buyer was present...followed us from room to room, adding commentary
along the way. there was no way to shut this down. he was making the buyer un-comfortable.
they were un-able to ask things in his presence (i learned that while we were talking outside the house when inspection was finished)...... if you are concerned that your home wil be mistreated by the buyers or the inspector, ask your listing agent to be there.... NOT YOU. hopefully the listing agent will know the protocol for staying out of the way, and leaving this time to buyer and inspector.
tim @ oleary home inspection
Yes the Seller can be present unless agreed to otherwise in writing in the Agreement Of Sale (and this can be part of your offer) or some other document. I have had Seller's in the house during the inspection twice in the last couple weeks. Sometimes they may help for clarifications but often may get their feelings hurt when someone is critiquing their home or even make statements that can be misinterpreted.
As to having the Seller's Agent or Buyer's Agents there, I think the old adage, "too many cooks spoil the stew" applies. The inspection is best left to the expert inspector one on one with the Buyer without interference from anyone so that they may concentrate on the inspection and freely discuss. If the Seller is present in the house they should respectfully stay at a distance. When the written report and the Buyer's reply is given they have the opportunity to comment. But yes the can be present.