Tip of the Month - August 2016

Home Inspections

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 areas.

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.

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