7 reasons listing agents should/shouldn't attend home inspections

The industry is adamantly divided
  • Attending the buyer's inspection can give you a chance to address a buyer or inspector's concerns and curb illegitimate or outrageous claims.
  • Others say the inspection is the responsibility of the buyer, the buyer's agent and the inspector, so they should be the only ones present.
  • States have different contract laws that may make it beneficial for you to attend or skip out on an inspection no matter how you feel personally.

Home inspections can make or break a deal, which perhaps explains the passion behind divided industry opinions on the issue. Some argue listing agents should represent their clients in all parts of the process — including inspections. Others say, “Mind your own business.” Then there’s the law, which has rules all of its own.