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Who should attend home inspection?

Some say sellers' presence is bad, some say it's helpful

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Dear Barry, Recently I read an article where it was stated that home buyers can more freely discuss matters with their home inspector if the sellers are not home during the inspection. As a Realtor, I find this to be best during the inspection itself, but perhaps the sellers should be present when the findings are reviewed after the inspection. Most sellers have a strong desire to know what is being said about their home and to have the opportunity to clear up any misunderstandings. The final review would seem to be the best time for the sellers and their agent to hear the inspector's findings, to answer lingering questions about the property, and to anticipate repair requests from the buyers. What are your thoughts on this? --Kathie Dear Kathie, In many transactions, the best arrangement is just as you suggest: all parties actively present for a full review of the inspector's findings and recommendations. In fact, there are often definite advantages to seller participation...