It's not a good idea for the Seller to attend the Buyer's Home Inspection. The Buyer is entitled to a home inspection and this is their time to conduct and obtain the results of the inspection from a Home Inspector of their choice.
When a Seller in Louisiana initially meets with a Realtor to list their Lake Charles home for sale, the Seller will be asked to complete the Louisiana disclosures. These Louisiana disclosures include sections to complete that include: termite damage, storm/hurricane damage, alterations to the property, additions, plumbing, electrical, drainage etc. For example If a home seller incurred damage from a plumbing leak it must disclosed and if the Seller answers "yes" to any question it must be elaborated on with an explanation. The Louisiana disclosures are mandatory and must be completed by the Seller and furnished to Buyers. Disclosures were implemented July 1, 2004 in accordance with Act 308 of the 2003 Louisiana Legislature. There are exemptions to disclosure such as specific transfers like a court orders, inter vivos trust and similar transfers.
At the time of contract when the Buyer makes an offer and signs the Louisiana Agreement to Buy or Sell to purchase Seller's property, the Buyer must also sign and initial the Louisiana disclosures. Reviewing the property disclosures give the Buyer a good idea of the condition of the property. Once the home is "under contract" the Lake Charles Buyer is still entitled to conduct a home inspection.
It is never a good idea for a home seller to discuss anything about the home or the transaction with the buyer without a Realtor present. If a Seller insists on being at home during the Buyer's home inspection it is polite and respectful if the Seller steps out of the room or leaves while the Home Inspector, Buyers and Buyer's Realtor go over the inspection findings.
A Seller who stays for the inspection may choose to share unsolicited information during the inspection over-view which may not be in their best interest. If the Seller tells the Buyer about termite damage they had repaired yet they did not disclose any termite damage on the disclosures this makes the Buyer wonder what else the home seller may have forgotten to share. Sellers, don't skip items or attempt to brush things under the rug, Disclose it! Items that are not up to code, repairs or evidence of damage will be discovered in a home inspection, Seller's cannot cover items up!
It serves no purpose for a home seller to remain in the room during an over-view with the home inspector, Realtor and Buyers. The Seller will find out the outcome of the inspection soon enough when the Buyer's Realtor presents the Seller's Realtor with the Inspection Response. Home Seller's please don't follow the Home Inspector around or ask questions, the inspection is the Buyer's time of discovery and the Buyer is paying for the Home Inspection.
An awkward situation can occur when the Seller tries to be part of the conversation disputing the Home Inspector's findings. If the Home Inspector finds a roof leak and the Home Buyer wants to address the leak in their Inspection Response, the Seller can obtain their own opinion from a Roofer they choose to confirm that indeed there is a leak.....no need to become argumentative and say you don't have a leak. There is real estate etiquette that needs to be followed!
The Home Inspection is the Buyer's right and the day the inspection is scheduled is the Buyer's time to discover more about the home they are purchasing. Just like an Appraisal, the Inspection Report belongs to the Buyer and cannot be shared with any other party without permission.