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What is a Home Inspection?

In the State of Texas, a home inspection “is a limited visual survey and basic performance evaluation of the systems and components of a building using normal controls that provides information regarding the general condition of a residence at the time of inspection.” So what does this mean?

Purchasing a new home also means buying that home’s problems. With a home inspection, you can see exactly what you’re buying. Problems discovered during the inspection could allow you to renegotiate to offset the costs of repairs — potentially saving you thousands of dollars.

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Why do you need a home inspection?

A home inspection is still incredibly helpful because we are trained to notice things that most people simply are not aware of. As your inspector, I bring the necessary training and expertise to assess any problems I encounter. In addition, it’s easy to become attached to a home before you’ve committed to purchasing it. This makes it difficult to see hidden problems. That is why it’s advisable to have an inspector assess the condition of the home.

A home inspection doesn’t just save you money, it also helps to protect your family. Safety issues can arise from dangerous handyman work, outdated electrical systems, lead pipes, and more. We’ll check the home for potential safety issues such as fire hazards, electrical hazards, structural problems, and hazardous materials.

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Benefit from my experience and expertise

I highly encourage you to attend the inspection — especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. We’ll show you around and help you get familiar with the mechanics of the home, as well as the location of any water or gas shut off valves. Feel free to ask questions along the way. We’ll even give you home maintenance tips — especially useful if you’ve never owned a house before.

The Inspection Includes the following:
Plumbing

Check faucets and showers, looking for visible leaks as well as testing water pressure. Identify the types of pipes used, if visible. Identify the location of the main water shutoff valve.

Fire Safety

Test smoke detectors and ensure that the garage wall, if present, has the proper fire rating and is undamaged. Also check the fireplace for proper installation and maintenance.

Electrical

Identify the type of wiring, test all outlets and make sure there are GFCIs installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. Inspect the electrical panel for safety issues and fire hazards.

Water Heater

Determine the age of the water heater and check for proper installation. We can also determine the condition and possibly give an estimated remaining life span of the unit.

HVAC

Determine the age of the furnace and air conditioner, whether or not they function properly, and possibly recommend repairs or maintenance.

Bathrooms

Check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, proper ventilation to prevent moisture related issues, and more.

Laundry Room

Check for proper ventilation. A poorly ventilated dryer exhaust can be a serious fire hazard.

Attic

If possible, check for structural damage and proper ventilation. Also check insulation and ensure that nothing is ventilated directly into the attic, such as the bathroom.

Roof

If accessible and visible, check for roof damage or poor installation that may allow for water penetration as well as checking the condition of the gutters.

Garage

Test the garage door for proper functionality, check for proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and check for risks of explosion from ignition sources too close to the floor.

Foundation & Grade

Check for possible foundation failure, indicated by cracks or settling. Check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation.

Exterior Walls

Check for damaged or missing siding, cracks, and excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests.

POPULAR QUESTIONS

An inspection typically takes between 2.5 and 4 hours, but could take more depending on the size of the home and number of issues discovered.

When you request your inspection, I can give you a better idea as to how long the process may take.

Yes. I encourage you to attend. While your presence is not required, I encourage you to come along for the inspection. I will give you a much better idea of the condition of the home when you can see any issues first-hand.

You’ll be able to benefit a lot more from my experience and expertise if you are present at the inspection. You can ask questions and receive home maintenance tips. This will be especially helpful for first-time home buyers.

Absolutely. You’re more likely to speed up the sales process if the house has already been properly inspected. This gives you the opportunity to address any issues before listing the house for sale.

Major problems discovered during the inspection process may result in serious delays in selling your home. Being aware of these problems ahead of time will put you in a better position for a smooth transaction.

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