Frequently Asked Questions about Home Inspections
A home inspection consists of a visual examination of all physical structures and systems in a house, from the foundation to the roof and everything in between.
An inspector’s standard home report covers the condition of a home’s
- Doors and windows
- Heating system
- Air conditioning system
- Electrical systems
- Interior plumbing
- Attic and insulation
- All kitchen appliances
- Sprinkler system
- Pool & spa (Additional cost)
- Pier and beam inspection (Additional cost)
- Fireplace and chimneys
- Drains & Vents
- Water heater
- Exhaust vents
- Smoke Detectors
- Basement and all additional structural components (Additional cost)
- And many more…
You can find further information through the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) website. TREC publishes a list of items that are required to be checked so you know what to expect covered when you hire a home inspector.
One of the largest investments you will make is the purchasing of a home. Before you make the actual purchase, you should learn everything about the home whether it is newly constructed or old. This prevents unpleasant surprises or unexpected difficulties.
Home inspections identify major repairs and any builder oversights as well as any needed maintenance. After an inspection, you will know how to keep your home in tip-top shape and/or that you can purchase the house with confidence.
Costs do vary by company or inspector. It also depends upon size, location, age, foundation type and any other needed testing.
You should consider several factors in addition to cost when choosing a home inspector. Instead of choosing the cheapest option, do your research and choose the inspector that has the best
- Compliance with state regulations
No, you should always hire a professional to inspect your home. Home inspectors are specifically trained and certified. If you choose to inspect your home on your own, you will likely miss something costly and possibly hazardous.
No. A home inspection simply informs you of the property’s condition and highlights the repairs or replacements needed.
No, but clients often like to observe and ask questions at the end. The home inspector likes to do a final walk-thru with you to show you all deficiencies and go over any of the system operations. That way, you are not only getting a quality home inspection but a quick lesson on home system components.
Now that you are aware of any preexisting problems, you can decide what kind of action to take and whose responsibility it is.
Yes. A home inspection is like a yearly physical or a car tune-up. It allows you to take preventative measures and have peace of mind.