Home inspections can be complicated matters, at least to the observer who may not be exactly sure what is happening. Home inspection plays a crucial role in the process of buying and selling a home. An inspection could ultimately make or break the deal, so it stands to reason that buyers, sellers, and real estate agents involved are all intensely interested in the outcome of your inspection.
As a home inspector, it is easy to see why you might be intimidated by having so many eyes on your work. You might feel pressured or rushed, or perhaps you begin to think that your clients are questioning your ability to provide high-quality work.
So, who should be present for the home inspection? Is a home inspection truly a case of “the more, the merrier”? The answer might not be as clear-cut as you think.
The seller is sometimes present for the inspection. After all, the seller already owns the property and may still have personal items there. The seller may not even be moved out of the house at this point, so it is possible that he or she will want to be present in the home.
If the seller is not present, his or her real estate agent may be there. The real estate agent could come in handy as a source of information, though in most cases you will be able to find your way around with no problem.
In many cases, the buyer or the buyer’s real estate agent will be present for the inspection. It is typically to the buyer’s benefit that he or she is present. For example, the buyer can ask questions about the findings and learn which steps must be taken to improve the house.
The real estate agent often acts as an advocate for the client. He or she can explain concerns or assess potential problems in the future, painting a knowledgeable picture of the home for their clients.
When a buyer is paying for an inspection, he or she likely wants to stay to ensure that the inspector is thorough. The buyer wants to see that the house is thoroughly investigated for potential problems. Being present may ease some of the buyer’s fears.
How to Be an Effective Home Inspector
No matter who is present for the inspection, you must be efficient. You may also find yourself under scrutiny for up to the four hours an inspection can take. The key is to be confident, following through with each of your steps no matter who is there with you.
One of the best ways you can do your job is to answer questions thoroughly. Attending continuing education courses and attending conferences are two great ways to stay current in your industry.
You can also become successful with your home inspections by staying up-to-date with the latest in technology. Download our home inspection app for Android or iPhone to access an easy way to provide your report to your clients.