Should I attend my Home Inspection?



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"A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home..."
Posted by Canadian Residential Inspections Kelowna, Brian Wrightson
If you are buying a new car, you will test drive it.  Buying a suit?  Try it on! Yet, many wonder if attending a home inspection is time well spent.  Too many home buyers miss an opportunity by not attending their home inspection. Sometimes this is unavoidable, say distance.   

A home inspection is a fact-finding mission and together you and your Inspector form a team jointly engage in the discovery process. Both of you are there for the same reason — to learn as much as possible about the condition of the property.
Prior to the inspection, most buyers make a purchase offer based upon a 15-minute walk-through or run-through. At that point, they know very little about a very expensive commodity. The home inspection provides buyers their only opportunity to slowly and methodically view the home you may live in for many years.  During the inspection, they have hours to voice questions and concerns as they evaluate their prospective purchase.   Together buyers and Inspectors discover defects, talk about operational issues, and maintenance items to increase the value of your investment.

Whether the buyer is there for the whole inspection or at the end for a complete debrief, attendance is recommended.  there will be times when it is not recommended the buyer join the Inspector such as on the roof (this is a good time to measure to see if the dining table will fit or to test the operation of appliances).  Other times the buyer will not likely want to “ride along” such as in one of the nasty crawlspaces.   Whatever the involvement, buyers should be there even if only at the end.
Some comments from Inspectors...

"I like to have the Buyer show up at the end of my inspection. While I agree that it is very helpful for the Buyer to be at the inspection to ask questions and for me to be able to show him or her the areas that I am commenting on in my report, I feel that I need time to concentrate on my inspection without being distracted." -- Steve
"Their time, they have the choice to do whatever they want to, I personally encourage them to follow me the whole time as I ramble on about home maintenance tips as well, that really gets them into it all. In my mind I'm all theirs for three hours - it’s their option." -- Phillip

Being on site during the inspection, viewing specific conditions in person, consulting with the inspector, asking questions, and obtaining advice benefits to you the buyer.
"Know what you are buying BEFORE you own it! Whether you are buying, selling, or needing a new home warranty inspection, Brian Wrightson serves the Okanagan from the Lake Country through Osoyoos including Big White and Merritt."

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