Frequent Questions

What is a home inspection?

What does a home inspection include?

Why do I need a home inspection?

What Will It Cost?

Can I do it myself?

Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

 

Can a house fail a home inspection?

How do I find a home inspector?

When do I call in the home inspector?

Do I have to be there?

What if the report reveals problems?

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

What if I have questions after the inspection?

 

 

What is a home inspection?

 

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation. A home inspection is the equivalent of a physical examination from your doctor. When problems or symptoms of problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation or remedies.

 

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What does a home inspection include?

 

Our full Inspection covers the house from top to bottom including:

 

Foundations

Grading and Drainage

 

Interior walls, doors, ceilings and floors

 

Exterior walls, doors, windows, and door glazing

 

Fireplace and chimney

 

Roof, roof structure and attic

Attic power vents

 

Porches, decks and carports

 

All built-in appliances

 

Bathroom exhaust vents and electric heaters

 

Whole house vacuum systems

 

Water heaters

 

Doorbells and chimes

 

Garage door operator

 

Cooling systems Ė A/C and evaporative

 

Heating systems

 

Ducts, vents and flues

 

Plumbing Ė water supply, fixtures, drains and vents

Hydrotherapy equipment

 

Electrical service entrance panels

Electrical branch circuits, connected devices and fixtures

 

Lawn and garden sprinkler systems

 

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Why do I need a home inspection?

 

A home inspection summarizes the condition of a property, points out the need for major repairs, and identifies areas that may need attention in the near future. Buyers and sellers depend on an accurate home inspection to maximize their knowledge of the property in order to make intelligent decisions before executing an agreement for sale or purchase.

 

A home inspection points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After an inspection, both parties have a much clearer understanding of the value and needs of the property.

 

For homeowners, an inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn about preventive measures that might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, an inspection prior to placing your home on the market provides a better understanding of conditions that may be discovered by the buyer's inspector.It also provides you an opportunity to make repairs that will make your home more desirable to potential buyers.

 

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What Will It Cost?

 

Inspection fees for a typical single family home vary by geography, size, features of the property, and age of the home. Additionally, services such as septic inspections and radon testing may be warranted depending upon the individual property. Prices vary. It is a good idea to check local prices in your area as you consider a professional home inspection.In general, a good home inspection will be in the $200 to $300 range.

Do not let the cost deter you from having a home inspection or selecting an inspector you are comfortable with Ė knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the time and expense. The lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector's qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration in your selection.

 

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Can I do it myself?

 

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. An inspector understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail and knows what to look for and is uniquely suited to interpret what their findings reveal about the condition of the property.

Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.

 

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Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

 

This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other.Professional inspectors are trained to look at all of the systems of a house and at the house as an entire system.Often one component affects the performance of another.†† Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and experience to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.Additionally, the State of Texas licenses home inspectors. Quoting from the Texas Real Estate Commission:ďA person who performs a real estate inspection for a buyer or seller of real property generally must be licensed as an inspector by TREC. Holders of certain occupational licenses such as engineers and architects may also perform inspections.  Anyone not meeting these criteria may not perform inspections.

 

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Can a house fail a home inspection?

 

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes and standards. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. A home inspection describes the physical condition of a property and indicates what may need repair or replacement.

 

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How do I find a home inspector?

 

Real estate professionals are generally familiar with the inspection services in your area and can provide a list of qualified professionals.Additionally, professional organizations such as the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors maintain lists of qualified home inspectors in your area.NACHI provides a locator service at www.FindAnInspector.us or www.TX-Home-Inspector.com.Word of mouth, the experiences and referrals from friends and neighbors are also a way to find a home inspector. Someone who has used a home inspection service and is satisfied with the level of customer service and professionalism of that service will likely recommend a qualified professional.

 

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When do I call in the home inspector?

 

Call the inspector when you are ready to make an offer on the home you like the best.Before you sign the contract or purchase agreement, make your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. Contact a home inspector immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Home inspectors are aware of the time constraints involved in purchase agreements and most are available to conduct the required inspection within a few days.

 

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Do I have to be there?

 

While it is not necessary for you to be present, it is always recommended that you make time to join the inspector for their visit. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with the inspector, you will find the written report easier to understand.

 

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What if the report reveals problems?

 

No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. His findings serve to educate about the condition of the property before the purchase. When you go to the negotiating table, the facts about the property will make you better equipped to establish a fair price for the property.A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.

 

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If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

 

Yes. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. From the inspection, you will have learned many things about your new home, and will want to keep that information for future reference.

 

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What if I have questions after the inspection?

 

You can call me and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. My service is a long-term investment.

 

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