You all can do as you see fit, but my past experience tells me “Hell no”!
I cannot count the number of times things happen during the inspection where the realtor was needed. You have liability, safety, background information, correspondence with the seller and listing agents. Etc.
You’re taking on a lot of liability and responsibility for the seller’s house. I might add that the seller is not a “friendly” member of this real estate transaction, and they will throw you under the bus without cause.
One of my most memorable moments was when I was inspecting the house of the trombone player in the band Chicago. The garage door was open when I arrived at the inspection. When I got to inspecting the garage, I closed the garage door to check its operation. The sprocket on the chain driven opener broke off the shaft and the chain headed down to the homeowners Bentley below. I jumped across the car and managed to grab the chain from hitting the car. The realtor was there and saw it. She made the appropriate communications and arrange for a garage door company to come by and repair it immediately. She was so shook up over it, she asked me to drive the car out of the garage so the door could be replaced. First time I ever drove a Bentley…
Can you imagine if I was there alone and used a lockbox key? I can only speculate on the communications to follow.
Some real estate agents are lazy as crap and expect you to have a lockbox key. Well, I don’t like working for those people in the first place. When the agent was not available for the start of the inspection, I would on occasion have them provide me with a one-dayI lockbox code. On those occasions, the realtor was always there when the house was locked up. We usually had a verbal debriefing at this time, which saved a lot of time on the phone later. They were able to take a look at the things I found if necessary. When the listing agent or homeowner questioned my call, the selling agent was fully briefed on the situation and never had to converse with me about anything. One less phone call for me.
Most of the time when the selling agent was not present, they sent their office assistant to the house who stayed there and did their work until I was done. Hard to find professional real estate agents sometime, however.
Home inspectors don’t make enough money, and their insurance rates are too high to take on the job and responsibilities of the real estate agent, who makes a significant commission on the sale. I refused to work for an agent who felt the inspection process was not worth their time and effort.