Home Inspections by Dana serving Springfield

35 Twilight Lane
Springfield, IL 62712


Attending the Inspection

Many inspectors recommend and request their clients attend the entire home inspection. I have learned many things in my 25 years of performing home inspections. One of my greatest learning experiences is that distractions during the inspection can hurt the inspection process. For many years I had my clients follow me around while performing my inspections, which was customary at the time. They would ask me questions, want me to look at or explain conditions on something I had already inspected, and/or want me to look at something other than what I was inspecting at that time. I learned very quickly that distractions can be detrimental to the inspection process, as conditions can be left out and omitted from the inspection report. These distractions can also add additional time to perform the inspection. Believe me; in past years I made many mistakes for no other reason than being distracted by my clients during the inspection. I want to perform the very best inspection I can for each of my clients. Therefore, I recommend addressing any particular concerns with the property up front in print, so I can pay close attention to these areas during the inspection.

For the last 10 years I have recommended my clients attend the last 30-40 minutes of the inspection. I typically call my clients when I think I have 30-40 minutes left before completion of the inspection. This time typically allows them to commute to the property for the inspection recap and ask any questions they may have.

I personally cannot tell any client that they can or cannot attend the entire inspection. However, any client and/or relative wishing to attend the entire inspection, which may take up to 4 hours or more, should get the approval from the home seller and/or listing realtor, particularly if the home is occupied.

Please keep in mind though, if you or a family member diverts my attention away from inspecting, it increases the chances of missing something important. Please do not monopolize my time or distract me -- provide me with plenty of breathing room for inspecting and recording. A comfortable role for clients attending the entire inspection lies somewhere between a shadow and a wall flower. Don’t worry; I will point out important findings on-site with the inspection recap and follow-up with a detailed computer generated report.

I strongly encourage all my clients to attend the inspection recap. You should feel free to ask me any questions you may have during the inspection recap and I will point out problems and explain them to you. Plus, the inspection report will explain what routine maintenance is needed to keep the house in top condition. Everything identified during the inspection will be included in the report. This will help you get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the most understanding of the systems that make up your home, and how to maintain it. Armed with the information in the inspection report, you can make your home buying decision with confidence.

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