During a Walk & Talk inspection, the buyer focuses on aspects such as first and second impressions, the layout and the esthetics, while the inspector is efficiently conducting a visual inspection as well as leveraging specific techniques to assess the integrity of the structure.
Why should i schedule a walk & talk inspection?
While we always prefer a full home inspection, the incredibly hot seller’s market in Northern Virginia is prompting buyers to make offers that waive contingencies. This doesn’t mean that buyers need to go into one of their largest purchases without an understanding of the property’s condition. Instead, buyers should consider a “Walk & Talk” inspection. This inspection can help the buyer get a realistic sense of the home’s condition by flagging the repairs and identifying areas that require further evaluation.
Who should Attend
Unlike a full home inspection, or even a mini-inspection conducted just before or after an open house, a Walk & Talk Inspection takes place when the buyer, agent, and home inspector go to the residence together during a scheduled “showing,” normally between 15 -30 minutes. Since they are making the visit together, the buyer is getting real-time feedback on the home’s condition
Scope and Cost
The scope and cost of a Walk & Talk Inspection will depend on the individual home and the buyer’s preference. Needless to say, the time limit will dictate the scope and coverage of the inspection while the size of the home also plays a part as well. Given the time constraints, the cost of the inspection will be significantly less than a full inspection. Before going to the residence, the buyer and the inspector can come to a specific agreement about the buyer’s priorities, which will help determine the specific scope. Once the scope has been decided, the inspector will provide a quote. Both these terms should be part of a clear, written agreement so that everyone is on the same page.
What to Expect
The Walk & Talk Inspection does not result in a written report and there are no pictures taken during the inspection. The information exchange occurs during the inspection with a brief recap at the conclusion. If you are unable to attend the Walk & Talk Inspection, please develop a contingency approach with your realtor to include but limited to, FaceTime Calls or other video chat activities to cover the duration or the inspection.