Questions and Answers

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a complete visual, unbiased examination of all the systems and physical structural elements of a home.  Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect the buying decision.

Why do I need a Home Inspection?

A home is the largest purchase most people will make.  It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy.  This way you can avoid costly repairs and problems with your home.  A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the systems and structural elements that make up the property.  The report will advise you of problems or repairs that is needed and what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition.    If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer’s inspector.  Finding problems early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.

What does a Home Inspection include?

Our standard inspection report covers the major systems and structural elements of the house.  This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.

Do I need to be there during the inspection?

No, you are not required to be there for the inspection.  But we highly recommend that you be present. It is a valuable learning experience for most people and will  allow you to obtain the greatest benefit from the inspection.  By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas.  You will be able to better understand and get the most benefit from the finished report by attending the inspection.

How long will the inspection take?

The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home.  For most homes, 2-4 hours is typical.  For larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

Does a newly constructed home need an inspection?

Absolutely!  A professional inspection of a new home is important.  We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct.  It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished.  As building professionals, we may find problem areas where quality work was not performed by the builder.

Why can’t I do the inspection myself?

Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you do not have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional home inspector.  We have inspected many of homes and are familiar with all the systems, how they work and need to be maintained.  We know what signs or symptoms to look for that tells us a item is  getting ready to fail.  It is important to remember a professional inspector has the technical expertise and remains an impartial third party.  It is impossible to remain completely unemotional about the home, and this may cloud your judgment.  The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.

What if the inspection uncovers problems?

An inspection report will tell you the condition of the house including needed repairs.  No house is going to be perfect.  Needed repairs found by the inspector may affect your decision on purchasing the home.  You may want to negotiate with the seller to have major problems repaired before closing the deal.  The final decision rest with you. Knowing about potential problems before you buy gives you the power and tools to negotiate and make the best decision.

Will you fix the problems you find during the inspection?

No.  The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) prohibits inspectors from doing repair work on properties we inspect.   This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector.  Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.

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