Buying or selling a home can be a stressful experience, but we’re here to ensure you know what to expect during your property inspection.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A HOME INSPECTION?
A property inspection includes checking for any structural issues such as foundation cracks, roof leaks, plumbing issues, electrical wiring, heating/cooling systems, insulation, windows, doors, chimneys, etc. Depending on how big the property is, a property inspection typically takes 2-4+ hours.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR A HOME INSPECTION?
Ensure the seller has all inspection points free from clutter, especially closets that might lead to a crawlspace or attic, and around the home’s perimeter. This includes access for us to check the functionality of all built-in appliances, electric, and gas. We encourage you to attend the inspection in person.
CAN A HOUSE FAIL A HOME INSPECTION?
A home doesn’t pass or fail an inspection. Instead, a property inspection is a limited visual survey and basic performance evaluation of your new home and components. Every home has deficiencies. We will find and report concerns on your property inspection report, but these are strictly informative.
CAN I SKIP THE HOME INSPECTION?
While you can legally waive a property inspection, by doing so you may buy a home with minor and major issues that could have been addressed prior to the purchase. Don’t get stuck with the previous owner’s problems, you deserve better.
CAN A HOME INSPECTOR MAKE REPAIRS?
By Texas TREC regulations, a home inspector cannot perform any repairs to a home for 12 months after performing an inspection. Although they may be qualified, they may only provide information about what may need repair and recommend further evaluation by a qualified professional. Although it might be helpful to know this information, the decision to actually do any work lies solely with the seller or the buyer after purchase. Not only does this give you the freedom to choose your contractors, but it also helps prevent a conflict of interest.
HOW DO HOME INSPECTIONS AFFECT APPRAISALS?
1. The inspection identifies concerns that negatively impact the value of the home.
2. The inspection identifies needed repairs that once addressed increase the value of the home.
When an inspection reveals areas of concern, the seller decides whether to fix it themselves, hire someone, or sell it as-is.