Frequently Asked Questions
1. Should I have a Home Inspection before buying?
It is to your advantage to learn as much about the condition of the house and be educated on the home you are buying. A professional home inspector licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission is trained to assess the overall condition of the house and provide you with a detailed report about the defects and maintenance items that need to be addressed.
2. Would it benefit a seller to have a home inspection?
A professional home inspection is valuable to home sellers as well. By getting an inspection done before a seller puts their home on the market, the seller can be better prepared to address and correct items that could bring more profit to the sale of their home.
3. What does a Home Inspector do?
As an inspector, I provide my customers with a detailed, unbiased evaluation of the house from the foundation to the roof. It is very easy for you, the buyer, to overlook a potentially expensive problem during the excitement of buying and making plans to move in.
Thus the need for a qualified inspector to evaluate the structure, electrical and mechanical systems. Items that need replacement or repair will be noted. The estimated life of mechanical systems will be noted as well as the estimated average replacement cost. I also note the good features of the house . I give my customers tips on maintenance that can increase the life of the items in the house.
4. Do I get a written report on the condition of the house?
I provide you with a PDF file emailed to you that has approximately 120 to 200 pictures in the report along with the written information about you potential home.
Remember, the inspector is working for you, the buyer, so don’t hesitate to ask questions. A good inspector will be happy to address them.
5. Should I accompany the Inspector during the Inspection process?
As a professional home inspector, I encourage my customers to accompany me throughout the inspection. Of course, you may not choose to go through the attic or enter the crawl space under the house. Accompanying the inspector provides a great opportunity to address questions. It also affords me the opportunity to cover items not in the report. For example, how to re-finish hardwood floors.
6. How long does the Inspection take?
The average inspection generally requires from 2-1/2 to 4 hours. The time required depends, in part, on the size of the house. Larger homes and older homes take more time to inspect and require more attention to do a quality inspection. Another factor are the questions asked by the customer. I always attempt to answer any and all questions.
7. How much does the inspection cost?
The cost for a home inspection is based on the size and age of the home. Homes between 2,000 and 3,000 square feet can range from $350 to $400 on average. Please call or email to get an exact quote. Payment is required at the end of the inspection. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.
9. Is a Home Inspection and an Appraisal the same thing?
No, a home inspection evaluates the condition of the structure and systems within that structure. An appraisal determines the fair market value of the structure based on size, location, and recent sales of like structures in a geographical area.
10. How do I get started?
With the help of your real estate agent, select a date and time. Confirm that water and electric will be on. Call and schedule an appointment. Allow two to four hours for the inspection. Make and bring a list of any specific items and/or questions you would like the inspector to address. Accompany the inspector during the inspection process and take note of the items checked. Ask questions!! You are encouraged to telephone the inspector to further address any questions regarding the report.