Can I Be There During the Home Inspection?
Not only can you be there during the home inspection, you should be there during the inspection! A house is a major investment, and the home inspection is the perfect time to learn all about it inside and out.
How You Benefit
If the average person notices a slight mold growth in a corner in a bathroom, the typical assumption is that the previous tenants didn’t clean well enough. A home inspector might notice that same mold growth and immediately begin questioning the ventilation system for the bathroom. It’s possible that a bad mold problem in the bathroom was cleaned up just prior to the inspection!
By being present, in the above scenario the buyer could ask the inspector about the connection between a little mold and possibly replacing the bathroom ventilation system. The buyer can ask all kinds of questions during the inspection, in fact. Among the questions that might be asked is “How dangerous is this at the moment?” The inspector should be able to tell you if it’s something that can wait a bit or something that needs immediate attention.
Potential Problems & Hazards
While you should be attentive and ask questions during the home inspection, you also don’t want to be in the way.
If an inspector has someone tagging along for the entire inspection, a 4 hour inspection could easily run into 6 hours.
A lot of the inspection will involve the inspector looking quietly at things, concentrating, and evaluating them based on their experience and knowledge. There won’t be a “play-by-play” verbal analysis going on.
Also problematic is if the home is currently occupied. You and the inspector could be going through the house and something gets bumped over and broken. Who is liable? You could also ask yourself how comfortable you’d feel with a stranger poking through your house, especially if something winds up missing afterwards.
Following the inspector everywhere has its own hazards. If a prospective buyer follows the inspector up to the roof and falls off, who is responsible? Is it the inspector who let the buyer go up there? Is it the current homeowner since it happened on their property? Is it the buyer for going up there in the first place?
When to Show Up For the Inspection
Both agents and inspectors recommend that you find out when the inspector is going to be there and how long the inspection should take. Based on experience, an inspector should be able to give you an idea based on the size of the house and what features it has.
Once you know when the home inspection will happen and how long it should take, arrive about an hour before the end of the inspection. This will have been plenty of time for an inspector to have noted most of the issues a house has. They can then point them out to you and answer any questions you might have without you having to stand around and wait for them to decide if something is a problem or not.
Why Should I Be Present If They’re Going to Provide Pictures Anyway?
A picture is worth a thousand words, yes, but there are some things a picture simply can’t convey. A photo of an electrical outlet identified as “warm” or “humming” in the text with a recommendation of immediate repair doesn’t convey the urgency of the situation.
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Also, being present allows you to ask about things that may look serious to you but aren’t of any immediate danger to you. For example, you may be concerned about a broken truss. After all, it’s part of what supports the roof! However, a single broken truss, while a valid concern (why did it break?) can sit unnoticed for years without issue. However, once discovered, it can be repaired with relative ease. Unless there is other damage, it generally doesn’t represent an immediate hazard.