It almost feels like the beginning shot of a horror movie. You find yourself slowly creeping up an attic stairway or peering down into a crawlspace. Your fingers are crossed and you're internally praying to yourself, "No dead bodies, no dead bodies."
And you find one, only it isn't a human body, but a rat carcass, and it's been there awhile.
However, this isn't a scene out of a Hollywood screamfest. It is simply the day in the life of a Realtor (or inspector).
Back when I worked in Personal Lines Insurance, this was a daily occurrence. As a Realtor, we aren't always required, and in fact many flat out refuse to get a little dirty for their clients for fear of liability. I try and take a different approach.
Safety is always a consideration, however, any extra info a home buyer or agent can glean from the inspection of the property is very important, and on multiple levels.
Is it safe? Sound? Insurable? And if there are any dead bodies... how low should you offer? (I joke, however, that situation can and does happen - though not usually)
The more information you have about a property, even on the seller's side, will benefit you in the long run. So don't just let buyer's walk through on their own. And don't let seller's just tell you "everything is in great condition". Discover and do the research, because that's how the best deals are made.
Vikki Head - Licensed Realtor® in the great state of Texas. Self-proclaimed writer/blogger. Former Teacher. Mother and Coach's wife.