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Real Estate Fight Club

Jun 2020

Episode 38: Should You Attend Inspections?

June 15, 2020

In Episode 38 of the Toe-2-Toe Podcast, hosts Jenn Murtland and Monica Weakley duke it out over whether you should attend inspections. Hear why Jenn thinks you should not attend inspections and why Monica thinks it can be a good idea when you’re focused on building relationships. Stay tuned for the tiebreaker at the end. 

Episode Highlights: 

  • Should you attend your inspections?
  • Jenn says you should not attend your inspections. She has no idea why people would.
  • Monica asks if not attending the inspection limits Jenn's ability to interpret the inspection report.
  • Jenn says she is not trying to be an expert in home construction. Whether she gets it or not doesn't matter. She asks what the buyer wants to ask for.
  • Monica asks about the inspection as an opportunity to spend time with the buyer.
  • Jenn says if one client represents 20% of your annual income, then you tend to baby them.
  • Monica does not currently attend inspections, but did many times in the past.
  • Monica did not attend the entire inspection because that's a waste of time. But she showed up to demonstrate commitment and to provide support.
  • Monica does not think there's value in sitting in a house for three hours that's already sold.
  • According to Monica, you can do harm by not showing up if you don't set the expectation with the buyer that you won't be there.
  • Jenn doesn't see why buyers would expect her to attend inspections.
  • Jenn always asks clients when they last sold a home.
  • Jenn doesn't want to put her thought process on the inspection because it doesn't matter what she thinks. 
  • Jenn reiterates that you should not attend inspections.
  • Monica thinks it depends and she can see some value to attending inspections.
  • Ask what could serve your business best. There's no one way to do this.
  • Laura Wogen of Coldwell Banker in Cincinnati, Ohio provides the tiebreaker for this question.
  • Laura says you should not attend your inspections. 
  • If Laura has a question about the report, she's going to call the inspector.

3 Key Points:

  1. There may be no good reason to attend inspections and your time as a realtor would be better spent elsewhere. 
  2. It may be worthwhile in some instances to attend a portion of the inspection to demonstrate commitment and provide support.  
  3. If you find you have questions about the inspection report, you can always call the inspector. 

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