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.
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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.
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You have gotten some great feedback to your question. One thing that strikes me, however, is that none of the respondents asked you this question: why would you as the seller want to be present during a home inspection?
Bottom line: Whoever pays for it should be there. Imagine you hire an attorney or an investment advisor to give you advice. Ask yourself if you would want someone else sitting in on that consultation who has a different objective than protecting your interests.
Sellers are well advised to contract a licensed professional home inspector to conduct an inspection before putting their home on the market. Be aware that a great inspector is VERY picky. A lot of what gets mentioned in these reports are not issues that will make or break a contract, they are matters of information. Fix problems the inspector finds, and create a notebook with the report and the repair receipts. What a fabulous marketing tool that is (especially true if you are selling your home yourself). That way there should be no surprises later should a buyer also contract an inspection after making an offer.
If the customs and contracts in your state are similar to those in Florida, evenin an "as-is" contract, if a buyer makes the outcome of the home inspection a contingency that would allow the buyer to withdraw an offer to purchase your property, the buyer is obligated to give you a copy of the home inspection upon your request if they do exercise the option to withdraw the offer. Similarly, if after an inspection reveals an issue they want you to either fix or give a concession for, you are within your rights to request a copy of the inspection report.
Still want to know why you asked the question in the first place, as I am not sure you got the answer you really needed.
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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.
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.