A top question we get when booking an inspection is “Should I attend the inspection?”
There are some home inspectors who tell you it’s best to come at the end. There some are real estate agents who will tell you to come at the end so as to not bother the inspector.
But the truth is, yes, you should attend the inspection.
We recommend you attend the inspection
We highly recommend our clients make time to join us on our visit. This allows you to observe the inspection, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with one of our inspectors, you will find the written report easier to understand. We find when a client only comes at the end, they tend to have more questions than if they had attended the entire inspection.
We want you to see how hard our inspectors work
Our inspectors work hard to bring you a thorough inspection. Depending on the home, our inspectors will be getting into the attic, onto the roof, and under the house. We find watching the process instills the client with a sense of confidence and the knowledge that the inspector has thoroughly inspected the home. It also gives you the opportunity to bring up any concerns you may already have about the home, or that arise during the inspection. *
Your legal obligation
In California, the Californa Association of Realtor gives your several documents when you purchase a home.
The STATEWIDE BUYER AND SELLER ADVISORY (C.A.R. Form SBSA) the 2nd line of the form says
- You should conduct thorough investigations of the Property both personally and with appropriate professionals.
And several lines down, it says in bold
- YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO INVESTIGATE THE CONDITION AND SUITABILITY OF ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROPERTY. IF YOU DO NOT DO SO, YOU ARE ACTING AGAINST THE ADVICE OF BROKERS.
C.A.R. Form BIE, section B states
- You have an affirmative duty to exercise reasonable care to protect yourself… and to investigate and verify information and facts that you know or are within your diligent attention and observation.
In short, the legal documents provided by your real estate broker that you have signed as part of your real estate purchase have informed you that you have the legal obligation to personally investigate the property and make your own observations.
* Please note, clients may not climb on inspectors’ ladders. Getting on the roof, in the attic, under the house, and observing some electrical components are dangerous activities. Please only watch from a safe distance.
To book your home inspection, call 818-298-3405 or book online here.