Seller's Please Remember Real Estate Etiquette and Allow the Buyer their Home Inspection Time

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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 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.

Lake Charles Home Sellers may find more information concerning "What Sellers Can Expect From Buyer's" in a transaction by viewing tips shared on the Lake Charles Real Estate and Homes for Sale  


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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
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I like the video diary and the detail of the day.

Jan 20, 2012 04:27 PM #1
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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You are absolutely right, Marilyn.  So much can go wrong when a Seller is present during a home inspection, and often they get deeply offended.  

Jan 20, 2012 04:47 PM #2
Bernadette A. James
Serving Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond and Pearland - Sugar Land, TX
Broker-Associate, Keller Williams Realty SW

Marilyn, I so agree with you. Sellers should give the inspector the time and space needed.

Jan 20, 2012 05:00 PM #3
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - Corona, CA
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Hi Marilyn - How cute are you with that down south accent?
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Jan 20, 2012 05:14 PM #4
Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572
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I agree wholeheartedly too, Marilyn - this is an excellent topic to be shared - and you have shared it well. The buyer should be able to inspect without problems and everyone going thru their respective Agents to discuss matters is great protocol to follow.

Jan 20, 2012 05:39 PM #5
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

The seller should be nowhere near the property for the home inspection. Great post!

Jan 21, 2012 02:16 AM #6
We are buying and we have our inspection today, problem is the seller has renters in the property, and they are not happy we have made an offer on the home. Last visit viewing the home the renter sat on the couch never moving and asked if we were done yet :(. We were very uncomfortable being watched. Now we are told the renters will also be there during inspection. I was hoping this would be a time to really look at all the nooks and crannies and have some quality time with the house and our inspector.. Ugh, not looking forward to it today
Apr 10, 2013 02:57 AM #7
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