Like every other question in life, it depends. In fact, it depends on you!
Are you an experienced home buyer? Are you a first-time home buyer? What happens if you absolutely, positively cannot attend?
If you’re an experienced home buyer…
If you’re an experienced home buyer, we recommend that you join us for the last half hour. For example, if your home inspection starts at 1:00 PM, plan to arrive no later than 2:30 PM.
You’re welcome to attend the entire inspection but it’s not critical if you’re not present for the entire inspection. Our inspector will show you how various systems operate and how to properly maintain them. You’ll also have a better understanding of the contents of the report if you are able to see it from our inspector’s perspective.
If you’re a first-time home buyer…
Attend the entire inspection.
At a minimum, you need to know the locations of your main water shut-off valve, gas shut-off, electrical panels, and HVAC air filters. Yes, our report provides high-res photos and locations of everything you need to know but it’s best to actually see everything up close and personal. Your house arguably is the biggest investment you’ll ever make – spend a few hours learning how to properly maintain your investment.
If you can’t attend…
If you absolutely, positively can’t join our inspector on site, never fear: you have two advocates – your Realtor and our inspector. Our digital inspection report provides summary, specific findings, identification of potential issues, recommendations, and high resolution photographs. Plus, our inspectors are available via e-mail or phone after the inspection to answer any questions.