WHAT TO EXPECT

For Home buyers

After you’ve put an offer on a house, the next step in to schedule an inspection of the home you’re looking to buy. The Buyer’s Home Inspection will give you the tools and info you’ll need to help give you peace of mind in making your final home buying decision.

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A home purchase is likely one of the biggest investments most people will make.

There is so much to learn about your new purchase and having a few uninterrupted hours to get acquainted with the home during the inspection process is a great opportunity.

The inspection process is for your benefit. Most inspectors won’t mind if you shadow them at the inspection.

This helps you to see what the inspector is seeing and will help you gain a better understanding of the level of severity of the deficiencies as they are uncovered.

Many homebuyers feel that if they attend the inspection, they will be responsible for remembering all the findings that are mentioned during the inspection.

Although you are welcome to take as many notes and photos as you like, all the findings and accompanying pictures will be included in the report which you will have by the end of the day.

Host home inspectors have a good understanding of construction and home-building practices. Feel free to ask questions during the inspection, even if thy are not directly related to the inspection. Questions to ask may include “How old is the heating and a/c system?”, “Is the home total electric?” or “Are these windows original to the home?”.  Questions you may not want to ask the inspector include “Is this house worth what I’m paying for it?” and the much used “Would you buy this house?”

During the inspection is a great time to decide to take a few measurements to see how your furniture will fit into your new home.

A home inspection is typically a stressful ordeal for the home seller. Please respect their home by only inviting family members or contractors that have been agreed upon by all parties.

Unless other arrangements have been made prior to the inspection, payment is typically made at the time of service. Acceptable payment types are cash, check, money order and credit/debit card.

EVERY HOUSE WILL HAVE MANY DEFENCIES.

Home inspections are governed by Standards set forth by the Texas Real Estate Commission. It is especially important to remember that every home, regardless of age or condition, is essentially being compared to a brand new, perfectly built home built according to modern building standards.

Just because something is marked as “deficient”, doesn’t mean that the item is an immediate concern or that repairs are needed immediately.

All homes will have certain levels or wear and tear, maintenance issues and will not meet standards of a brand-new home.

After being in the inspection business for many years and inspection over 5,000 homes, I have yet to find one with no deficiencies.

for home sellers

Home sellers also need to know what to expect for a Home Inspection.

You can order a pre-listing Seller’s Inspection before putting the house on the market. This can help you understand where to focus your time and money when remodeling or fixing issues in the home to get the most out of your sale.

Sellers also should expect a home buyer to have their own inspection done before the purchase of a home. 

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Typically, home inspectors will make entry arrangements with the real estate agents or will have access to key lock boxes on the home.

If your home is not listed with a realtor or if special access arrangements need to be made, make sure to let all parties know.

The average size home can typically be inspected in 2-3 hours, sometimes less.

The duration of the inspection can vary depending on the size and condition of the home and extent of attic and crawlspace areas to be inspected.

This can become a real hinderance during the home inspection.

Home inspectors have no way of knowing if pets are aggressive or protective of a property.

Also, during the inspection, doors and gates are opened and closed repeatedly which can allow pets to escape.

Virtually all components and systems of a home are tested or examined during the inspection.

Please ensure clear access to all attic and crawlspace entrances, breaker panels, water heaters and HVAC systems.

Often, inspections are performed on vacant homes. All utilities will need to be on at least 24 hours prior to the inspection.

The inspection will be unable to be performed if utilities are not turned on.

Most inspection reports can look overwhelming, especially to first-time home buyers. Fixing or correcting small issues, such as burned out light bulbs, leaky faucets and drains, and missing smoke detectors can go a long way in removing many “deficiencies” in the inspection report.

Although most cosmetic defects are not covered in most home inspection reports, the purchaser of your home will likely attend the home inspection and will be able to get a detailed look at the home.

Since the inspection report will only cover negative information, not seeing extensive cosmetic defects and blemishes will be an encouragement to most buyers.

EVERY HOUSE WILL HAVE MANY DEFENCIES.

Home inspections are governed by standards set forth by the Texas Real Estate Commission.

It is especially important to remember that every home, regardless of age or condition, is essentially being compared to a brand new, perfectly built home built according to modern building standards. Just because something is marked as “deficient”, does not mean that the item is a significant concern or that repairs are needed immediately.

All homes will have certain levels or wear and tear, maintenance issues and will not meet standards of a brand-new home.

After being in the inspection business for many years and having inspected over 5,000 homes, I have yet to find one without deficiencies.

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TYPES OF HOME INSPECTIONS

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions for Home Inspection Service

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A real estate contract typically includes an “option period”. This option period can be anywhere from 4-15 days. All inspections are required to be performed during this option period.

A tape measure and note pad may be convenient for taking quick measurements while in the home. Note-taking is not necessary during the inspection. All pictures and thorough descriptions of the findings will be included in the report. Also, a form of payment will also be needed.

Typically, inspections can be scheduled within a few days. During peak times of the year, prepare to give about a week’s notice. 

Inspection fees vary on two factors; the size of the home and the foundation type. 

    1. A home under 2500 sq. feet is $375.00

    2. A home 2501 – 4000 sq. feet is $400.00

    3. Homes larger than 4000 sq. feet are .10 cents per sq. foot

    4. A $25.00 fee is added to homes with a crawl space (pier and beam foundation) 

    5. Additional outbuildings are $25.00 if requested.

Payment can be made by cash, check, credit/debit card or money order ty and is typically made at the time of service. If you are unable to be present during the inspection, payment can also be made over the phone or via digital secure email invoice.

Being present at the inspection is not mandatory, but is highly recommended. This gives buyers a more in-depth understanding of the systems being inspected.

The home inspection is a visual, noninvasive inspection of the structure (foundation, attic, roof, walls, windows, doors), electrical system, heating and air conditioning system, plumbing system, installed kitchen appliances, garage door operators and sprinkler system.

Inspection reports are emailed to you the evening of the inspection. A printed copy of the report will be sent to you in the mail within a few days.

The average size home in average condition can usually be inspected in approximately 2 hours. The time frame can change depending on size, condition, foundation type, clutter, etc..

Yes!

Starting September 2020, we will be providing WDI inspections upon request. The fee for a WDI inspection will be $125.00 and will typically be emailed to you the day following the inspection.

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