When I (Jared) work with a client that is buying a home in Fort Wayne, I make the commitment to be by their side during the entire process.
Part of that process is the home inspection.
A lot of my clients are first time home buyers that need a lot more guidance and direction than the experienced buyers, but I'll attend inspections for the experienced buyers as well.
I've seen this question discussed here on ActiveRain before and in real estate groups on Facebook. I've actually been on both sides of it.
In fact, I wrote a blog post or two about it. The first I believe that I talk about NOT going to the inspection because our previous broker didn't like her agents to attend them due to liability issues. I was not a fan of not going because I felt out of the loop. Sure, I could see the pictures the inspector took, and I can read the description of what he said was wrong, but it's not like being there in person and seeing it with your own eyes.
I firmly believe that a Realtor® should be at the home inspection, right beside their client.
One thing I won't do is give a lot of my own opinions about the condition of the home. Sure, if I can see mold in the basement I'm going to point to it and say "That's mold. Mold is bad." I won't comment on the extent of how bad the mold is, nor will I say that it "isn't a big deal" or is an "easy fix." That's where I can get myself (and my client) in trouble.
It's the home inspector's job to report to you, the home buyer, the condition of the home.
It's my job as your Realtor® to guide you through the inspection response after the inspection is done.
If you have any questions about this, feel free to call and ask!
Fellow real estate professionals: Do you attent the home inspections with your client? Why or why not?
Home buyers in Fort Wayne: Do you expect your Realtor® to attend home inspections? Why or why not?
Disclaimer: This is just MY opinion. There is no right or wrong answer. Everybody does things differently. I'd just like to hear YOUR opinion. Thanks for reading!