Tip of the Month - August 2016
Source: The Home Inspection Book
By Marcia Darvin Spada
A home inspection
goes smoothly if you communicate effectively with the buyer-client and
the property owner-seller. Although you are working for the buyer, the
property owner can furnish valuable information about the
property. Background information may pinpoint certain problem
Generally, the buyers are present during the inspection and they have
questions and concerns about the property. Buyers also like to see how
you conduct the inspection - what was inspected and how
thoroughly. It is an excellent means for buyers to acquaint
themselves with the home.
The inspector can point out where the various systems and components of
the property are located and show the client where there are
deficiencies. This is helpful because many buyers do not fully
understand the nature of a problem from reading the home inspection
report. The client’s presence allows the inspector to explain his
findings in person.
Home inspectors should not comment on whether the buyer should proceed
with the purchase based on the inspection. A home inspection only
reports information regarding the subject property and explains the
findings. The decision to purchase is up to the buyers. If
a client asks how much the inspector feels the home is worth, the
inspector should reply that a real estate agent or appraiser is best
suited to answer that question.
This web page was updated on 07/29/2016.