Buying your first home can be an incredibly stressful and intimidating experience. This has caused some buyers to feel like they don’t want to be present when the home inspector is inspecting their prospective new home. You might be anxious that your inspector will uncover something that is going to change the way you feel about the property. In reality though, without a home inspection, the issues will still be there, and you might not know about them until it is too late.

Naturally, you only want to be present for the safe parts of the inspection. Climbing on roofs and crawling through crawlspaces is not something for everyone. However, if you are there together with the inspector, you will benefit from his experience, and it will help you know your future home better.

It can also be beneficial to have your real estate agent along for the inspection. They might end up doing a lot of the negotiations for you, so knowing the issues found firsthand will give them more bargaining power. They can also help you see the possible issues in the right light since they have seen similar properties go through the sales process.

If you do follow the inspector along, you should make sure that you don’t impede his work. While the inspector is there working for you and wants to provide you with all the information you need to make the best decision possible, his main purpose on site is to complete the inspection. They also have a process they follow, so while it might seem logical to go from room to room in a certain order, they might have a well-thought-out order of inspection to make sure that they don’t miss anything. Going out of order might actually make it more likely that something gets missed on the inspection.

Your inspector is a great source of knowledge, so take full advantage of the experience and training they bring to the table. You will not be sorry you did.

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