Do I need a home inspection?
Yes! A home inspection reduces the risk of unexpected and costly surprises, and can go a long way towards helping you feel comfortable and confident with your home purchase decision.
What is inspected?
The Texas Real Estate Commision (TREC) has established Standards of Practice to define the minimum levels of inspection required for residential real property up to four dwelling units. A real estate inspection is a limited visual inspection and basic operation of the systems and components of a building using normal operating controls, and does not require the use of specialized tools or procedures. The primary purpose of a pre-purchase real estate inspection is to provide the consumer with as much information as possible as specified by the minimum TREC standards, so that the consumer can make an informed decision about purchasing the property. The major systems and components included in the home inspection include the foundation, grading & drainage, roofing, attic, walls & ceilings, evidence of water intrusion, electrical systems, heating & cooling, plumbing systems, water heaters, major appliances.
Should I attend the home inspection?
Yes! We encourage our clients to be present during the inspection, or arrive just prior to the end of the inspection. Either of these scenerios gives the inspector the opportunity to review any areas of concern and clearly communicate the degree of significance of any items to the buyer. It is also the perfect time to have any questions answered and to learn important information about the home. If it is not possible for you to attend the inspection, we are happy to review the report and findings over the phone.
How much does an inspection cost?
Our home inspection fees are based on the square footage of the home, along with the age, the type of foundation, and any additional, or optional systems such as irrigation sytems, swimming pools, and spas.
What should I not expect from a home inspection?
The TREC Standards of Practice (Sections 535.227-535.233 of the Rules) are the minimum standards for inspections by TREC-licensed inspectors. An inspection addresses only those components and conditions that are present, visible, and accessible at the time of the inspection. While there may be other parts, components or systems present, only those items specifically noted as being inspected were inspected. The inspector is not required to move furnishings or stored items. The inspection report may address issues that are code-based or may refer to a particular code; however, this is NOT a code compliance inspection and does NOT verify compliance with manufacturer’s installation instructions. The inspection does NOT imply insurability or warrantability of the structure or its components. Although some safety issues may be addressed in this report, this inspection is NOT a safety/code inspection, and the inspector is NOT required to identify all potential hazards.
The primary purpose of a pre-purchase real estate inspection is to provide the consumer with as much information as possible as specified by minimum TREC standards. The inspection is a limited visual survey and basic operation of the systems and components of a building using normal controls and not requiring the use of specialized tools or procedures. This inspection is not intended to be technically exhaustive nor is it intended to reveal all existing or potential defects that may be discovered only by invasive methods. The information in this report can reduce, but not eliminate the risks associated with the purchase a home. Should you desire a more detailed inspection of any area, please refer to licensed and or qualified specialists or tradesman. Each consumer should also realize that no visual inspection, no matter how thorough or detailed, can or will reveal all defects, existing or potential. The consumer should also anticipate that additional items may be found during any repair process.
This inspection is not a warranty and should not be considered as a warranty or guarantee of the adequacy, performance or useful life of any item, component or system or that all defects will be found. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty. A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will a home inspector tell you if you should buy the property or what to pay for the property.
As a seller should I have my home inspected?
Knowing the condition of your home before you have a buyer is an advantage in a competitive selling market. The buyer will more than likely have their own home inspection, so any unpleasant surprises may move them onto the next house and you will start the process all over again. Based on your pre-sale inspection report you can repair, disclose, or adjust your listing price as necessary before your buyer has an inspection.
Do home inspectors carry insurance?
An inspector must maintain professional liability insurance coverage, or any other insurance that provides coverage for violations of Subchapter G of Chapter 1102, during the period the license is active. This firm is licensed and regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). TREC administers two recovery funds, which may be used to satisfy judgments against inspectors and real estate licensees involving violation of the law. Complaints or inquiries should be directed to: Texas Real Estate Commission P.O. Box 12188 Austin, TX 78711-2188 (512) 465-3960
Prior to a home inspection the home inspector will have the client review and sign the pre inspection agreement. This legal document is a visual inspection agreement along with important limitations, departures and disclaimers about the home inspection. You can view our pre INSPECTION AGREEMENT LINK