My clients often ask if they can or should be present during their home inspection. I not only inform them that they can participate, but recommend they attend near the end if they are unable to be present for the whole inspection. The following are some of my thoughts about the value of client participation.
During an inspection I begin with a thorough physical inspection to visually identify any deficiencies present, and to consider them in the overall context of the house. The second step is communicating my findings. This is where attendance really benefits my clients. Any misunderstanding by the client of what I found and intended to convey could result in poor decisions being made regarding the property. Face to face communication allows me to clear up any confusion or misunderstandings about my findings.
A client will get the most out of the home inspection process by being present during the entire inspection and following along as I work. This allows clients to see any defects as they are found, and will give them a better appreciation of the issues involved in the context of the whole house. Attending at the end of the inspection is an option for clients who cannot,, or do not want to, be present for the whole inspection. When my client arrives at the end of the inspection I conduct a tour of the house pointing out any defects I found, explain the implications, and provide recommendations to deal with those defects. In some cases I can suggest options that may offer choices they would not have considered. Clients are then in the best possible position to make better, confident, and timely decisions about purchasing the home.
I end the inspection with a verbal report whenever possible, either in person or by phone. The written report then brings the whole inspection experience together and becomes an archival document. It is clearly written, easily understood, and delivered in a timely manner. The report records general information about the house, its deficiencies , and recommendations to correct them. It can be also used as a guide to keep track of any work that was recommended.
I recommend participation during a home inspection whenever possible. A good home inspection combines the physical inspection of the home followed by communication of the results. Attending the home inspection improves communication and increases the value of the inspection. So please attend to get the most out of your home inspection.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or any other aspect of home inspections, I would be happy to talk to you. I can be reached at 250-212-5490 or by email at [email protected]
Regards, Bob Hamm
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