Home inspection conversations
I’m part of an online group of real estate professionals from around the country, so it always interests me when the conversation turns to “how we do it” in different states.
Recently, there was a discussion about the pros and cons of agents attending home inspections with or on behalf of their buyers and sellers. Amazingly enough (to me anyway), there were a large number of agents who choose to not attend the inspections EVER. There are even some who don’t encourage the buyers to be present as well.
Some of the reasons I heard were things like “I don’t want the liability of knowing anything that might be wrong” or “the home inspectors just do their thing and send the report to the buyers later”.
That may be the way things are done by other agents, but it’s not the way Crescent City Living agents handle a New Orleans home inspection.
Agents should attend home inspections
In my opinion, it’s the duty of a buyer’s agent to attend the inspections. We all need to be as informed as possible about the condition of the property before deciding to move forward. If all an agent is doing is reading a report after the fact, it leaves too many questions that could have been answered by the inspector on the spot. Being able to review an issue with the home inspector right there to explain any problems keeps everyone from being confused. When it’s time to put together a property inspection response asking for any needed repairs, this is invaluable!
If you are relocating from another part of the country, know that you are strongly encouraged to attend your New Orleans home inspection and you should expect your agent to be right there with you.