Should Real Estate Agents Attend The Home Inspection?

Should Real Estate Agents Attend The Home Inspection?
Should the buyer’s real estate agent attend the home inspection? It’s a question that gets asked a lot. There isn’t a simple yes or no answer. Whether you attend will depend on the relationship you and your client have as well as how comfortable they are with the process.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering whether or not to attend your client’s home inspection:

What Is The Agent’s Job During An Inspection?
It’s best to leave the inspection to the inspector. You aren’t there to backseat or second guess them. And besides, that type of behavior can make you liable if anything goes wrong. So what exactly is your reason for being there? The same as it always is: to represent your client as best as you can. That means asking good questions. Requesting clarification if you feel like your client needs it. Basically facilitating communication and looking out for your clients best interest.

Do Inspectors Want Real Estate Agents There?
If they’re any good, then they should welcome it. Your goals are actually more aligned than you might think. You both want what’s best for the client, whether that means purchasing the home or moving on from it. They want to do a thorough job and provide your client with all of the information they need to make a decision. Part of this means effectively communicating concepts that can be confusing to the lay public. Having someone else with deep real estate knowledge in attendance can be helpful in this regard. You know what questions to ask and how best to communicate with your client.

You’re also in the best position to know what your clients deal breakers (or deal makers) are, so you can really press on these points. So, yes, most inspectors would be happy for you to attend the home inspection. Having you there can really help smooth out the process. Of course, there are some bad apples out there who just want to do the bare minimum and cover their tails. This type of inspector will likely balk at the idea of you attending. Consider it a bullet dodged and look elsewhere for your inspection needs.

So, Should You Attend?
Ultimately, it comes down to whatever you and your clients are most comfortable with. If they request that you attend the inspection, then you should absolutely do your best to be there. Being there to ask the right questions and clarify the answers will ensure that your clients get all of the information they need to make a smart home-buying decision.

If for whatever reason, you’re unable to attend in person, you can still help your client prepare. A little bit of coaching about what sorts of questions to ask can go a long way towards making the inspection a success. And remember, in this case, success isn’t reliant on the outcome of the inspection. A successful inspection is an informative inspection. One that allows you to make a decision and feel sure that it’s the right one. Whether the decision is a yes or a no isn’t relevant.

If you or a client are currently in the process of buying a house then there’s no good reason to skip out on a home inspection. It’s the only way to be completely sure about this large, life-changing investment. Please, contact us today at Super Inspection Pros. for more information on our home inspection process or to schedule an inspection of your home.

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