FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection is non invasive visual inspection of components that make up a residence, from the roof to the foundation. On average, a home inspection usually takes 2-4 hours to complete, though there there are factors that impact the time frame such as the age, size and condition of the home. After the inspection has been completed, the inspector will send the client an inspection report (usually within 24 hours) that covers their findings, complete with pictures, analysis and recommendations.
WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?
The home inspection report will cover the condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing system; electrical system; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; and the foundation, basement and structural components. The State of Texas has a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what to expect to be covered in the home inspection report.
It is important to note that conditions may exist that could limit the inspectors ability visually examine certain areas. All of which will be discussed in person and stated in the contract prior to the start of the inspection. For example, if certain areas are inaccessible (locked door, tenant's belongings in the way) or unsafe conditions are present (severely steep roofs, poor structural integrity) the inspector will explain the situation and note that they were not able to assess that specific area or system.
WHY DO HOME BUYERS NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
Purchasing a new home is a large investment. Our goal is to help you bypass the surprises and unexpected expenses, we strive to educate our clients as much as possible about the house before they buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs, as well as the maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. Through the home inspection process, our clients will have a better understanding about their prospective house, which will allow them to make decisions with confidence. If a homeowner is planning to sell their home, a home inspection can give them the opportunity to make repairs that will put them in a better position to make top dollar for their property.
DO THE HOME BUYERS HAVE TO BE THERE?
It is not required for the homebuyer to be present for the inspection. However, best practices recommends that the client attends in order to receive the most value from their inspection. Observing the inspector and asking questions throughout the process also helps when referencing the report later. Many clients appreciate being able to have a conversation during the inspection to gain insight and a different perception about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
CAN A HOME FAIL AN INSPECTION?
A professional home inspection is an objective assessment of the current condition of a property. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need repair or replacement. A home inspection does not determine the home's market value nor does it verify local code compliance.
WHAT IF MY INSPECTION REPORT REVEALS MY HOME HAS PROBLEMS?
It is important I point out that no house is perfect. The home inspection will identify problems with the property and they will be communicated with you. The severity of the issues found will be explained in detail. Our mission is to leave our clients with a deeper understanding of their prospective home. Our value to the client is contributing to their ability to make informed decisions during their home buying process. Our clients will be fully aware of any issues, risks, or health concerns that may impact a decision. Our role is not to tell the client if they should buy the house or not, but to help the clients understand the full cost of the purchase. If major problems are found, there is potential to negotiate with the seller to make repairs or cover those costs.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THE INSPECTOR OR THE HOME INSPECTION REPORT?
In some cases, the client may be displeased with the service that was provided. This usually means a crucial defect or detail was missed during the inspection process or left out of the inspection report. We recommend contacting the home inspector to resolve the concerns with the home inspection report.
It may turn out to be a simple misunderstanding, with the inspector providing further explanation clarifying the issue. In the State of Texas, home inspectors are licensed and follow the regulations put forth by the Texas Real Estate Commission. If the issue can not be resolved with the home inspector directly, they are encouraged to contact TREC for information on how to proceed.
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*It is important to note that any enforcement or sanctioning is specifically reserved by TREC.