Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend The Home Inspection

Top 10 reason to attend your home inspection

Attending the home inspection is one of the key parts of a real estate purchase. Yet many people feel they don’t need to attend the home inspection. By not attending the inspection, they deny themselves their rights and obligations to help make an informed decision about the property.

Let’s look at the top 10 reasons a home buyer should attend the home inspection

1- Get a feel for the home

Most people, when viewing properties only get 15-20 minutes in a home before they have to decide to write an offer or pass on a property. With a home inspection lasting from 2 to 4 hours on average, you have a much longer chance to really get a sense of the home and neighborhood.

2 – Understand the neighborhood better

A home inspection is focused on the home itself. Aspects of the neighborhood, the neighbors, or the general location are not part of a home inspection. It’s important that you understand these things yourself, which only comes from being in the house.

One couple had viewed their home on a Saturday and made an offer. When they came back for the inspection on a Tuesday, they realized the business building next door was very loud. They previously had no idea what it was like to be at the home during the work week. Noise from neighbors would not be in a report.  Once they experienced how much noise came from the next-door building, they realize this was not the home for them. Other aspects like traffic, do the neighbors have a barking dog and such can only be experienced by being at the home during the inspection time.

3 – Inform the inspector of any specifics concerns ahead of time

While your IM Home Inspector is going to go through the home in detail regardless, it is always nice to understand if you have any specific concerns ahead of time. Perhaps you noticed something when you viewed the house. Maybe there are items you simply care more about than others. A brief conversation as the inspection begins can better help the inspector understand your needs.

Tim inspecting a house
Tim inspecting a house

4 – View cosmetic items

California Code, Business and Professions Code – BPC § 7195 clearly states “Style or aesthetics shall not be considered in determining whether a system, structure, or component is defective.”

So while the home inspector will take numerous photos, the inspection report is not going to mention anything cosmetic. What color the carpet isn’t going to be in the report. If there is carpet in the kid’s bedroom but wood flooring in the primary bedroom, that is considering style and aesthetics, and won’t be in the report. The fact the tile in the bathroom does or does not match other tiles in the house will not be in the report. The presence or absence of crown molding will not be in the report. None of these items have anything to do with safety or function. Therefore it is important that you attend the inspection and see these items for yourself.

5 – Learn where important things are located

During the home inspection, you have a chance to learn where important things are. Such as where the electrical panel is, where the main water shut-off is, and where the gas meter is. You also have a chance to see which light switch goes to what. Where the thermostat is located. This is your chance to learn about your new home.

Aaron checking HVAC temperature
Aaron checking HVAC temperature

6 – Better understand your report

While an IM Home Inspection report is designed to be easy to read, the fact is a report can be long and feel overwhelming. By attending the inspection and speaking to the inspector, you will have a deeper understanding of the report and what is important to know. In addition, by attending the inspection and discussing the findings, you have a chance to put the report into perspective. And while the report will have photos, there is nothing quite like seeing a defect with your own eyes!

7 – Ask your inspector questions

At the end of the inspection, you will have a walk-through with the inspector where they will explain their findings and show you where important items are. We find when people only attend the very end of the inspection, they tend to have far more questions than those who see the entire inspection. And while you don’t want to distract your inspector by asking questions pertaining to a different room than your inspector is in, asking questions as the inspector goes along will give you deeper insight into the home. You are paying for the inspector’s time, you may as well use it.

8 – See your inspector work

Our favorite reason for a buyer to attend the home inspection is to witness how hard our inspectors work. Some inspection companies just do a cursory walk through the home, write a few things down, and they are off to the next inspection. At IM Home Inspections, we do inspections that matter. When you see our inspectors sweat, you’ll understand how hard we work for you!

Matt leaving no detail unchecked!
Matt leaving no detail unchecked!

9 – Your legal obligation Under the Buyer and Seller Advisory

The California Association of Realtors form SBSA, known as the STATEWIDE BUYER AND SELLER ADVISORY is one of the legal forms your Relator will provide to you. This form states

  • 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.

If you do not attend the inspection to investigate the property personally, you are in fact, acting against the advice of the California Association of Realtors.

In addition, 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.

10 – Your legal obligation to mitigate damages

After you move into your home, you might find an aspect you were unaware of. You may think the seller hid this from you. Or perhaps you might feel the agent didn’t tell you and the home inspector failed to mention it in the report on it. But Congress has long established the concept of mitigating damages. The duty to mitigate damages is the idea that an injured party must take reasonable action to limit the extent of the harm they suffered. For example, after moving in, you notice a stain on the floor you didn’t notice before. The seller didn’t mention it, the agent didn’t mention it and it’s not on your report. You may feel like someone owes you to fix the floor. However, a judge could rule that you had the chance to come to the home inspection and see the stain for yourself and that you are equally responsible for not seeing it yourself.

We look forward to seeing you at your home inspection!

To book your inspection, call 818-298-3405, or book online here.