Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspections
Why do I need a home inspection?
When you invest in a major purchase, it is important to know as much as possible about what you are getting for your money. If you buy a stock you want the broker to evaluate the company, a used car, you ask your mechanic to check its condition. Purchasing a home is probably the largest single investment you will make in your life time, you should know exactly what you are getting for your money. Nobody likes surprises, especially the ones that cost you significant dollars you could have avoided.
What is a home inspection and what is inspected?
A home inspection is an evaluation of the visible and accessible components of a home. This would include basic functionality of the structural components and operating systems using normal controls and does not require dismantling. A Home Inspection Check List style report created by the Texas Real Estate Commission helps you determine the condition of the home.
Major areas that would be included in the Inspection:
|Exterior||Living Areas||Non-Living Areas||Systems|
|Foundation/Grading||Ceilings, Floors, Walls||Attic||Electrical|
|Gutters & Drainage||Doors & Windows||Insulation||Plumbing|
|Siding, Trim, Brick Veneer||Major Appliances||Ventilation||Air Conditioning|
|Roof & Flashings||Fireplaces||Crawl Space||Heating|
Arrangements can be made for optional system inspections (additional charge) such as swimming pool & equipment, septic sewer systems and water wells.
Does TREC require all Professional Home Inspectors to use a standard reporting format/form?
Yes. This insures the minimum level inspection by the home inspector. PHI uses a more advanced software that provides an expanded report including, a list of recommended repairs.
How long does it take to complete a home inspection?
Normally, it takes about 1 hour per 1,000 square foot with a minimum of about 2 hours. This time varies based on the size, age, components and condition of the home.
When will I get the inspection report?
The results of the inspection will be reviewed with the buyer at the completion of the inspection, if they are present. The full report will be completed the day of the inspection with an electronic copy sent via e-mail at the end of the day under normal conditions.
Should I be there for the inspection?
Yes! In reference to the question above, you are welcome to be there for the complete inspection, but at least you should be there at the end for a review of the findings.
What if I have additional questions after the inspection and onsite review?
You are my customer and I will be available to answer any of your questions anytime during and after the inspection.