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Why You Should Be Present During Your Home Inspection: An Interview with Sharron Semon of Cherokee Home Inspections, Inc.

By Sharron Semon

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We're a home and insurance inspecting company. Buying a home can be a costly venture. So we're there to make sure there are no hidden costs. As for insurance, we help make sure you get your discounts. Always remember: Buyer Beware. You hire us to protect you and your investment.

About how many clients would you estimate are present while you're inspecting their home?

We always try and get our buyers and both realtors. This way if there is a problem we can show everyone and discuss how serious or costly it can be, being builders helps a lot.

What do you consider some of the biggest benefits of being there during a home inspection?

Once again, everyone knows what will be on that report when they leave. Nothing is hidden, and everything can be shown and explained.

Are people allowed to accompany you during the entire inspection? When should or can they ask questions?

We always have our buyers present and ask that they not only ask questions, but also open, close, turn on, turn off. Know your house and always ask questions during, after and before closing.

Do you have any examples of a client who saved money or had a beneficial outcome because he/she was there during a home inspection?

Oh yes, several actually! We even suggest, as on a bad roof, don't walk away. Split the cost. No matter what, that roof needs taken care of before a sell.

What advice do you have for people in Florida who can't be present during a home inspection?

Have someone there to represent your interests. If you have trust and faith in your realtor make sure they attend your home inspection. We will also email and call our buyer and tell them our findings and suggest how to handle it.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

They can call or email. We're always here to answer questions or help in any way we can. We have to attend on-the-job training every year and have since 1972.

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