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Joined: 11/01/2016 12:49 AM EDT
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We are selling our home and just had a home inspection today paid for by the prospective buyers. The inspector showed up really early and asked me if he could start on the outside while he waited for the agent to show up. I agreed. While he was at the door, I pointed to the coat closet behind me and explained that the crawl space access was in that closet. He assured me that he "can find crawl spaces in almost any home". Ok, anyway, I packed up and left. I later learned that the buyers agent showed up, let him in, and left (the inspector put the key back in the lockbox when he left - is that how it normally works?). So after almost 4 hours out of my house, I went back home. Didn't hear anything all day until 9pm when my agent contacted me to say that the inspector supposedly missed the crawl space and one of the bathrooms (we only have 2 1/2 baths in a 1930 sq ft home). He wants 45 more min in the home tomorrow. We both feel like this is fishy. He couldn't find the crawl space that he "can find in almost any home", especially after I pointed right at it? And how do you miss a bathroom? This home is only 10 years old and doesn't have any "hidden" rooms. We've been here for 4 years and don't know of any issues. Is this normal or should we decline and not let them back in? My agent initially told them no, but the buyers agent begged her to let the inspector come back.
Dom D'Agostino

Joined: 12/08/2014 01:25 PM EST
Messages: 161
Location: Orlando, FL

You're probably only hearing parts of the story.

Perhaps the inspector "forgot" to capture data from a particular section; maybe his data collection device (smartphone, digital camera, etc) failed or the photos didn't come out; maybe upon reviewing his data (photos) back at the office something looks wrong, or a defect is visible that he didn't see first hand.

It's unlikely he "missed" a bathroom or a crawlspace and would suddenly remember it afterwards.

It's your home, procede how you wish, but if it were me, I would let it happen simply to get the process over. Ask the inspector, when he arrives, what happened and why. Yes, it's inconvenient, but it probably isn't all that bad.


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Pop Tart

Joined: 10/19/2016 08:49 AM EDT
Messages: 25
Location: Rockford, MI

Thanks for posting, Jlane20. I think you have nothing to worry about here. I agree with Dom that you probably are hearing only part of the story. It sounds as though there is more here than your realtor knows about.

I expect the inspector is embarrassed to even have to ask to return and inspect the crawlspace you had discussed with him or the bathroom (which is certainly not hidden in any way). I would not hesitate to ask what happened yesterday. He should respond in a professional manner.

Allowing your potential buyers to obtain a completed home inspection should work in your favor in the end.

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Rockford, Michigan

Joined: 06/22/2014 09:00 PM EDT
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Location: Dayton OH

It's not very common to go back, but we always try to explain why, such as we were not able to operate something or the client had a concern and wanted a second look.

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Joined: 11/06/2016 08:40 PM EST
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It's not all that common but it certainly happens to the best of us at some point in our careers. Please do ask him what happened, I'm sure he will be apologetic. Trust me time is money no home inspector ever "wants" to have to go back. Definitely not fishy, I'm sure it will be fine.

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