Speaking from the prospective of the buyerâ€™s agent: I tell my clients that it is a good idea to attend the inspection. Inspectors that I am familiar with will give you an oral report at the conclusion of the inspections. They will answer questions that you might have. You can observe what they do and get a better insight into the process and what an inspector is looking for. The written report is an important document but attending the inspections gives the written report context that provides a better understanding of the condition of the property.
From the prospective of the sellerâ€™ agent: I tell my clients that it is less important to attend the inspection. The report will speak for itself and following the inspector around, debating his findings and defending the condition of the property are unproductive and could be counter-productive.
Personallyâ€¦I generally attend the inspections for my buyers but not necessarily my sellers. In other words, I follow my own advice.
You bet! Sometimes you will see something the inspector might miss. Realtors don't want to put themselves out there as an expert in inspections, but they sure can put things in simple terms for their clients to understand and back them up when reviewing issues.
Also if they were present, they can talk in real terms when they go over the report later with their client. Wording in the report that says "leak at the sink that needs a licensed plumber to fix"" might only be a washer that is dripping. The first part sounds scary, the second part that everyone viewed...not so much.
And remember to perform inspections on new construction homes as well!! They are built by humans and can have mistakes/issues as well.
Bernstein Realty, Inc.