Home Inspections Don't Have To Be Alarming

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291


A home inspection is one of the most time-consuming activities that a Realtor® has to deal with.

Take today, for example; it was four hours. It was my listing, my seller is in her nineties, and I was attending.

There is a lot to coordinate between arranging the home inspection (including chimney, termite, radon, water, well yield, septic, asbestos, mold).

My job is to keep track of who each person is if they have questions or concerns and coordinate the date, times, and reports. Today I had the pleasure of the company of my seller. 

Something always needs attention. Where are the keys to the locked windows? How to gain access to the crawl space?

And what-if the medic alarm system is triggered? It was!!

It was nice to be there with my seller.

These inspections are necessary even if the property is being

sold "as is."


The contractor did five of the inspections today, and the last three will be on Monday. And the bonus will be if I can get the appraiser in at the same time next week. 


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Comments (13)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - Preparation matters.  For buyers as well as sellers.  Buyers need to know an inspection is not a time to renegotiate a sales agreement and sellers need to understand the importance of disclosure and that a or any request resulting from an inspection is not an insult.  Don't take things personally, it's a business transaction.   For each party - follow the agreed upon contract.  Let that serve as your guide.  

Feb 05, 2021 07:48 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Some of my clients have no idea of all the deferred maintenance that their house needs before we get a certified home inspection Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

Feb 05, 2021 07:55 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker Associate ,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Margaret: "It was nice to be there with my seller" says a lot about you taking care of your clients, not all show up during the inspection. And btw, we know it's not about "getting in they way" of the inspector...however at times being w/an eledery seller is comforting for them. 

Feb 05, 2021 07:56 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Yes dreaded home inspections!!!

That sometimes is where most negotiation and convincing happens between cooping agents. We all need to step back and quit taking sides without compromising representing your clients.

Feb 06, 2021 04:02 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It can be challenging especially when going into a home with locked doors and the sellers did not leave the keys behind.  Had to go back 3 times for 2 separate locked doors.  The sellers were getting divorced and didn't want each other in their spaces

Feb 06, 2021 04:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. Sometimes you got to do what you got to do. Make the assestment and the commitment before you take the listing. You always do. Enjoy your day!

Feb 06, 2021 06:01 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We also attend inspections for/with our clients. Often, there are questions about this or that, and clarifications required.  Sounds like you are staying busy Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

Feb 06, 2021 07:30 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I am so thankful we have only one or two inspectors on our homes out here.

Feb 06, 2021 07:44 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Margaret,
I think everything about being a truly good real estate agent is more complicated than the average consumer realizes and home inspections are certainly among those tasks.  I loved it when sellers did an inspection BEFORE listing their home because then we know what we were dealing with, could fix the mandatory items, and leaving the rest for negotiations. 

Feb 06, 2021 08:47 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Great that you were able to attend with your seller and be a source of information.

Feb 06, 2021 11:29 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret I can see how home inspections can be a pain in the donkey, but in my opinion they are a must for a Buyer.

Feb 06, 2021 12:27 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Home inspections are one of the most important components to any real estate sale.  While inspections  can disclose things that give consternation during a transaction, it is far best to have them become known BEFORE close of escrow, rather than AFTER.

Feb 06, 2021 01:01 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 06, 2021 01:02 PM