1. What is home inspection
A standard home inspection in Texas is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home in connection with the sale
of that home. In Texas, home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the license, training and certifications to perform such inspections. It needs to comply with or even exceed the Standard of practices and Code of Ethics regulated by Texas real Estate Commission (TREC).
The inspector prepares and deliver written report to the client with findings of defects for repairs or recommendations of evaluation by specialist(s). The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection. It's not an inspection to verify code compliance and not to guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
2. Shall I need my home inspected ?
Buying a home is one of the most costly investment in life. Buyer may not know potential problems in the house which seller does not reveal. Most home buyers only notice cosmetic problems, but the structural issues and/or safety hazards of the home are what the most important and what the inspector is looking for. This can save you thousands of dollars of expensive repairs. Having your home inspected will answer most of the significant questions that you may have.
3. What do you inspect ?
We inspect the foundation, structure, roof, attic structure, electrical system, plumbing system, heating and air conditioning system, and appliances. You will also receive a thermal image inspection which means that we will detect the critical locations in the house such as: hot circuit breakers, hidden plumbing leaks, insufficient insulation, not seen by the naked eye.
4. Most of homes in Houston area have problems with the foundation. Do you assess the foundation during home inspections ?
Yes. Texas HomeSpection Inc is one of the few home inspection companies that actually take measurements of the foundation elevation reading to ensure there is no potential issues. Texas law mandates that inspectors visually inspect the foundation. However, any defects resulting from foundation flaws can be hided with paint or siding, a visual examination isn’t dependable. Our smart measurement tool is able to detect unacceptable range of differential settlement.
5. What if the inspection indicates that there are major problems with the home ?
Our detailed report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs. There is no perfect home. Each house will have defects more or less. It is up to you to decide which ones you feel are important to you. If major problems are found, you may want to try and negotiate with the seller to have the defects repaired before closing the deal. In some cases the seller will lower their price, or you may choose not to proceed with the purchase.
6. Should I be present at the inspection ?
While it is not required, we encourage you to be present so it will be easier to understand the inspection report and the problems we point out.
7. How long does an inspection take ?
The time depends on many factors, including size, age and conditions of house. Basically it takes from 2 to 3.5 hours.