DEAR BARRY: We just accepted an offer to buy our home. An inspection has been scheduled, and the buyers plan to attend. But our agent has requested that we not be home during the inspection. This seems unfair to us. We feel uncomfortable having people walk through our home when we are not there. If the buyers have the right to attend the inspection, why should we be asked to leave? –Jack
DEAR JACK: Many sellers share your discomfort over the invasive aspects of a home inspection. The thought of people you don’t know walking through your bedroom — looking into your closets and under the sinks without your supervision and oversight — can be unsettling. But all of this is part of the routine of selling a home.
It is standard practice in today’s real estate market for buyers to be present during a home inspection. To avoid possible conflicts and misunderstandings between the parties in a transaction, Realtors often ask sellers to take a walk or go out to lunch during the home inspection.