and all other surrounding areas
Why do I need a home inspection?
A home inspection will help to minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you will want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing home before you purchase it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights.
Do I have to be there?
While it is not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
When do I contact a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Why can't I do the home inspection myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. They know how the home's systems and componets are intended to function together, as well as why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accuurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
What will a home inspection cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family home varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the square footage of the house and its age. Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector's qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your states requlations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide.
Who gets a copy of the report?
I will not give a copy of the report to anyone but you without your permission. I work exclusively for you, my customer. You might, however, will want your sales agent to have a copy.
Do you perfom termite inspections?
No, I am not licensed through the State of Texas to perform these inspections, however we do have working relationships with licensed termite / wood destroying insect inspectors.
How long will the home inspection take?
Depending on the size of the house, I usually spend about 2.5 to 3 hours. This allows me to thoroughly evaluate all aspects of the property you are purchasing.
Do home inspectors carry insurance?
An inspector must maintain professional liablity insurance coverage, or any other insurance that provides coverage for violations of Subchapter G of Chapter 1102 during the period the licanse is active. I am licensed and requlated by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). TREC admisters two recovery funds, which may be used to satiisfy judgements againts inspectors and real estate license involving violations of the law. Complaints and inquires shoud be directed to: Texas Real Estate Commission, P O Box 12188, Austin, Texas 78711-2188 or by calling (512) 465-3960.