When buying a Charlotte NC home, once you and the seller have agreed on the terms of a contract(and the terms are in writing) most buyers will want to have a home inspection done.
Inspections aren’t exactly the most glamorous or exciting parts of buying a home but attending the home inspection is just asking for trouble. In my opinion this goes for buyer AND their buyer’s agents! When I’m representing the seller, I also make every effort to attend the inspection.
I’ve been at inspections with buyers, myself, sellers and list agent all in attendance – it’s actually nice for everyone to be present and meet each other. Sometimes the list agent or seller can answer questions about the home that the buyer/buyer’s agent wouldn’t know (if an electrical panel is behind a picture and not readily visible).
Sometimes it’s a lot of standing around while the home inspector does through the exterior, interior and any crawl spaces of the home but it’s well worth the couple of hours to be able to speak to and communicate directly with the home inspector. I actually don’t mind home inspections, any buyer that’s under contract is one I’ve spent time with and gotten to know so it’s not unpleasant to hang out with them for a couple of hours.
Reading an inspection summary isn’t the same thing as being able to talk face to face with the home inspector. Some things that are noted on an inspection summary may be minor, some may be much more extensive – that isn’t always clear when just reading a report.
Home inspectors don’t work for the real estate agent, they work for the buyer. So if you’re buying a Charlotte NC home and having a home inspection done, make sure you attend and that your buyer’s agent attends too!!!
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