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As we know time is precious in our business. Especially when you have multiple inspections booked. I have had this occur a few times. The agent would call informing me that they would be late. They say you can start the inspection and want to give you the lock box # to enter the home. I then ask is the house vacant or is is occupied ? If it occupied, I tell them not to give me the lock box # and I will wait till they get there. If the home is vacant with no personal belongings, I don't have a problem going in. I also confirm that they will be there during our scheduled time. What are your thought's ?

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In my area, many home inspectors become associate members of the MLS and get a Supra code. There is a box on the door, we enter a PIN and the CBS (call before showing) code and can open the door. We request the CBS code at the time the inspection is booked.

Use this method for at least 98%+ of my inspections. Most agents show up about 2 hours after the scheduled inspection start time to chat with the buyer and get a recap of the inspection. Unless it is the first time an agent has met me. Then they will often arrive at the beginning to check me out.

Occasionally have inspections where I am the only attendee. No buyer, no agents. Happens with both vacant and occupied. 10 years never been accused of any wrong doing. Look forward to vacant homes with no attendees. In and out in record time.

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Both Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent showed up this AM for today's 4-story townhome inspection.

Everyone hung out for entire inspection along with husband/wife buyers and Mom and Dad. Actually we all had a good time.

This is highly unusual for me as I seldom ever see an agent as access is via Suprakey and we no longer are required to get a CBS code. A large percentage of the time the agent didn't have the right CBS code anyway ... so the associations did away with the requirement a few years ago.

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What? If I get access to the house, I just go in and do my job. Occupied or not, makes no diff, except always always ring the bell and wait for an occupant to come to the door.

I have always acted professionally and avoid touching or moving personal stuff. For example, I never remove clothes from the closet, just cover it all with a sheet and squeeze past. Of course if the water heater or E panel is blocked, I move their crap aside, but do it professionally [:)] and maybe even put it all back. But I have spent many hours in people's homes with no escort. Wouldn't think of waiting, or the days would get so many hours longer.

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I won't do a job without a representative present. I've had a few instances of completely insane things happening without my even having touched anything. One of them would have put me out of business and probably into bankruptcy.

If someone else wants to do it, fine with me, but it scares me enough to not do it.

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I won't do a job without a representative present. I've had a few instances of completely insane things happening without my even having touched anything. One of them would have put me out of business and probably into bankruptcy.

If someone else wants to do it, fine with me, but it scares me enough to not do it.

A bad experience can certainly forge an opinion about something for sure. If somebody gives me the access/means to the property I am all good. I have business liability insurance that will pay for any property damage I cause, or if I hurt somebody.

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I'll do some gigs without reps present. I do some work for a realtor trying to unload distressed commercial properties, and occasionally I'll do a foreclosure or similar blowout for involved stakeholders.

It's the fancy joints where I won't go in without a rep. Rich people are weird about us anyway...I don't want to tempt fate.

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Around here, agents rarely attend and sellers are usually told to not be there during the inspection. It's usually just me and the buyers (and whoever else they invite). Sometimes it's just me. In 15 years, other than a few odd issues (a buyer claiming to have been injured during a fall and a buyer's daughter going through the owner's jewelry box), I really haven't had a problem. I couldn't imagine doing it any other way.

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Biggest issue I have had is letting the cat out and then finding a note, Please Do Not let the cat out! [:)]

But I have had the skittish sellers that insist the realtor be present. OK, 3 weeks of training and the realtor is more trustworthy than the seasoned inspector, yeah sure. [:)]

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