Almost every buyer has a home inspection as part of their purchase due diligence process. As the buyer’s agent, I’m always there for the inspection, except in rare cases where I might be on vacation. What’s striking to me is how often the seller’s agent doesn’t show up for an inspection. Sure, the inspection is a buyer task, but I think it’s important that the seller be represented at the inspection, as well. If issues come up during the inspection, the seller’s agent can see the issue that the inspector is pointing out, hear any explanations and ask clarifying questions. If the buyers make any repair or concession requests related to issues identified during the inspection, it’s the sellers’ agent who has to communicate that to the sellers. While inspection reports nowadays generally include lots of photos, it’s helpful if the sellers’ agent eyeballs the issue in person. Also, during an inspection there are often questions for the seller, and if their agent is onsite, he or she can call and ask for an answer — like where the well head is located or if the staining on the trim around the skylights is an active leak or is evidence of an old leak that’s been repaired.
The home inspection is arguably the most treacherous step to get through in the process from deal to closing. It’s like one of those obstacles in American Ninja Warrior. So I’m always surprised when listing agents don’t think it’s important to be present to represent the seller’s interest. I expect to close out 2015 with 18 home sales. On fully half of those, the seller’s agent wasn’t there for the inspection. (On a couple of those, I’ve never actually met the listing agent.) During the listing interview process, sellers often ask if the agent will be present for showings, which is all well and good. But few probably ask if the agent will be there for the inspection.
I’m not going to list the agents who don’t show up for inspections. But here’s a list of the agents that, in my experience, always show up for the home inspection on deals they’re involved with:
Myrna Ginsberg, Linda McKean, Nancy Fredericks, Barry Becker, John Morreale, any of the Freda’s, Gina Molinet, Diane Silver, Warren and Phyllis Blumenthal, Bill and Dawn Payne, Diane Deutsch, Gib McKean and Myra Rappaport. Note: this isn’t a complete list by any means, because I haven’t done deals with every agent in the county. But if you’re a seller, and want to list with an agent that makes it a priority to show up for inspections, it’s a good place to start.