Should the home owner attend the home inspection? You will get a different answer for every person you ask. They all have valid points.
A. The buyer is paying for the inspection and he/she should be there alone with the inspector.
B. The home owner may say some thing or give out too much info that throws up red flags.
C. Nobody wants strangers creeping around their house.
As you can see, these are good points. As for me, an inspector, if the home owner wants to be at home then we need to respect their wishes.
An inspection dose get pretty invasive. We need to be in basements, crawlspaces, attics, closets, under sinks etc. etc. This can be very nerve racking and intrusive. I once had to move about $10,000 worth of hand guns and rifles to gain access to the electrical panel. It’s only a mater of time before the home owner claims that after you inspected their home they can’t find their Picasso.
A nice happy medium could be having the sellers representative attend the inspection. They could follow along in the background. They will know what NOT to say and they may be able to give useful information.