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

  • 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.

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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.