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Old 12-07-2017, 08:29 AM
 
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My RE agent said it would be a good idea to be at the inspection. I have some furnishings that if the buyer would like, I would be willing to sell.

The RE said it would be a good idea to be there, to meet the buyer and answer any questions. I have never had a seller there during inspection when I have purchased in the past. I did not have an inspection on the currently under contract property (low rise condo).

I said I would be there for about 1/2 an hour then leave. Should I really be there at all? I do not want to make the buyer uncomfortable. He is buying the property for an investment only and is going to rent it out.

Thoughts?
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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Sellers should never be there at the time of inspection. The buyers should be left alone with their inspector and real estate agent. Buyers are paying for the inspectors time. Leave a sticker on the personal property you are considering selling and let the agent know.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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I have actually never been sorry to have the owner present when my buyers have been at the property. Just happened again yesterday.... not for inspection, yet, but for the first showing.... and the owner definitely helped explain and sell the house.

It may not make sense for a condo in town to have an owner hanging around watching TV (which has happened!), but it definitely makes sense for the country properties and farms we often look at with clients to have the owner there and helping to show buyers around. On complex properties, owners have a wealth of knowledge about the property features, the outbuildings, systems, soils, flood plains, wildlife and neighbors. They can be a great benefit to explain WHY things are the way they are.

I have also had the owner present during inspection, and it was good to have her there and hearing the inspector call out things. She didn't follow him around, but she was there and could hear the summary when the inspector was done, and he took her over and pointed to a few things. She already knew what was coming in the report and why and even agreed verbally to make some of the the simple changes called for. Switch out that outlet? OK... we can do that.

For you as seller, I would caution against making such agreements on the spot unless it's something easy and inexpensive you obviously should take care of, but IMHO it's not bad to be there and listen if they want to show you something.

I'm not one who is afraid to let the buyers and sellers meet. In my experience, it has always resulted in better information and communication between the parties.

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Old 12-07-2017, 09:42 AM
 
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With a property I sold, I was present for most showings and professional visits. As the seller, I discovered that a lot would have fallen through the cracks had I not taken an active role in the process. Ex-Revealing all the amenities of the home, accurate answers to upkeep concerns

I particularly liked being present during the appraisal and inspection because I was able to pick up on their body language and hear their comments about the property with my own ears. If the buyer wanted a small thing fixed and the inspector acted like it wasn’t a big deal, I negotiated it. Had I not not been present and the seriousness was overplayed, I would have paid for it.

I think the seller is as much of the process as the buyer.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:28 AM
 
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> My RE agent said it would be a good idea to be at the inspection.

Unless there is some unusual circumstance having the seller present is unlikely to be helpful and may be a negative.

> I have some furnishings that if the buyer would like, I would be willing to sell.

Sticky notes.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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Seems like most inspections take about 2-hours -- and even buyers often don't show-up, but, instead wait for the complete inspection report.

As a seller, it could be an advantage to you to see what the inspector sees for future reference, but, a potential disadvantage to be confronted by a buyer who will likely ask you to make on-the-spot decisions about 'fixing' perceived shortcomings. (Note: Inspectors invariably come-up with a list of things as he/she finds them. Do you intend to discuss each one, as they arise, with the buyer?)

IMO, there is a greater risk of doing damage to a pending sale by being there, than an advantage to be served by further answering questions.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Sellers should never be there at the time of inspection. The buyers should be left alone with their inspector and real estate agent. Buyers are paying for the inspectors time. Leave a sticker on the personal property you are considering selling and let the agent know.
The two times I sold a house the inspector showed up and the buyer didn't. So I did the walkthrough with the inspector. I never met the buyers of either house.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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The sellers refused to leave during my home inspection. It was a complete cluster**** and I was extremely pissed.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:41 AM
 
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I HATE it when sellers are present at inspection. We want to get to know the house and talk about the condition without a biased party present.

Arrange a time before the inspection or after (or even on a different day) to chat about the possible sale items.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Nuf said:

Should Sellers be home for buyers at showings?
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