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  1. 3)Buyers and sellers are emotional. Buying a house is a big, expensive proposition that makes both parties anxious. Tempers can flare, and It can get ugly over even a minor problem when buyer and seller disagree face-to-face during the inspection.

  2. 4)The inspection will take longer. Talking with both the buyer and seller will take the inspector longer, and the buyer can become annoyed with a seller that wants to discuss everything at length with the inspector.

   If the seller wants to be able to answer questions about the house during the inspection, he or she can be be available by phone if anything comes up. It’s uncomfortable to know that strangers are opening your closets and poking around in your attic while you are somewhere else, but it is ultimately better for everybody if the seller stays away.

  To learn more valuable strategies for getting the best possible home inspection, here’s a few of our other blog posts:

  1. How can I make sure I don’t get screwed on my home inspection?

  2. Should I trust the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement?

  3. Can I do my own home inspection?

  4. How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a home over a sinkhole?

  5. What makes a house fail the home inspection?

  6. The seller gave me an old home inspection report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get my own inspector?

  7. Why are expired building permits a problem for both the buyer and seller of a home?   

    To read about issues related to homes of particular type or one built in a specific decade, visit one of these blog posts:

  1. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1950s house?

  2. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s home?

  3. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s house?

  4. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

  5. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1990s house?

  6. What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property?

  7. What problems should I look when when buying a house that has been moved?

  8. What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been vacant or abandoned?

  9. What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

  10. What should I look for when buying a “flipper” house?

  11. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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