Why Do I Have to Leave My Home for a Home Inspection?

Why Do I Have to Leave My Home for a Home Inspection?

Home Inspections are a time for the property to get a thorough check up from the buyer’s inspector of choice.  Usually home inspections can take two to four hours.  So why should sellers leave? 

It has to do with privacy and space.  It allows the potential buyer to go through the house with the inspector without the feeling of the seller standing behind them and criticising.  I know it can be a long time for the seller to leave the home, especially when there are children, pets or mobility issues involved, but I feel it’s an inconvenience that will make the sale go more smoothly.

I remember when my Grandmother sold her little 1950’s ranch.  She followed that poor inspector around and commented on “how good and solid” the house was.  It was really an inconvenience for the inspector and really bothered the buyer because the buyer was unable to talk freely with the inspector.  

I felt sorry for her because she was having a hard time letting go and it was hard for her to understand that an inspection was just a part of the buying process.  If only someone had distracted her with a movie to let her be out of the home while the inspection occurred.  Luckily, the home sold, but there could have been a much easier transition that would have caused less stress for everyone involved. 

Remember:  You are selling the home.  Give the buyer their opportunity to inspect the home in peace.  Find something to do during the time requested.