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Why Sellers Shouldn’t Be at the Inspection

Why it’s not a great idea to tag along for the inspection as a seller.

Why can’t you be at the inspection as a seller? When a buyer goes under contract, they have an opportunity to do an inspection. They’ll bring out someone to look at the home who can tell when something’s wrong. They’ll look at the pipes, the walls, etc. Sometimes, sellers want to tag along for this, but that’s not the best idea.

When you’re in the middle of negotiations, you need to have an intermediary. That’s what agents are for! Buying a home is one of the top five most stressful things that happen in a person’s life. When things get that stressful, even great people can get emotional. Agents are there to keep the playing field even.

It is always better to work through an intermediary.

As a seller, you might just want to be helpful and answer any questions the inspector has. However, whenever you’re around the buyer, you never know what you might say that causes an emotional reaction. That’s the main reason of why we want to keep an intermediary between you and the buyer.

I doubt you’re trying to hide anything, but you might mention something innocent like, “I can’t wait to get away from the neighbor.” That might make the buyer wonder what’s wrong with the neighbor. Maybe a sensitive topic like cancer comes up, and you and the buyer handle it completely differently. Either one of those could make everything more difficult moving forward.

Until the contract is on the closing table, it is always better to work through an intermediary. If you have questions about this or any other real estate-related topic, feel free to call or email me. I’d love to help.

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