Why do I need a home inspected?
Buying a home is a major expense, you want to get the most for your dollar and you want to be safe. Having your home inspected is a great way to uncover potentially expensive repairs prior to purchasing the home. Save yourself some agony and hire a home inspector to evaluate a home’s condition before you buy. The inspector will evaluate any health or safety issues as well as general condition of the structure.
A licensed inspector will evaluate the roof, doors, foundation, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, windows, walls, and attic. This is not an all-inclusive list as every house in every neighborhood is different. Always ask the inspector what they will inspect because there are no stupid questions!
Often when hiring a home inspector this allows you to focus on the other things in the house and it allows a second set of trained eyes to assist you. Remember the home inspector works for you.
In every city, the housing codes are constantly being updated and I’m guessing your not the expert in this area. A home inspector has the experience and will seek out the five big expensive items; HVAC, Plumbing, Roof, Foundation and Electrical. These are the items that can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. A great inspector will help you understand the cause of cracks in the wall or why shingles on the roof don’t lay flat. A little education from the inspector will ease the home buyer in making the right decision.
Over the past few years, Texas has attracted busnesses, contractors, and inspectors from other states so do your due diligence when selecting an inspector. Not all inspectors do the same quality of work so it’s important check the better business bureau to verify a good report. Ask the inspector to see the license, make sure it’s valid and not expired, look at the business card to see if the license number is listed on the card. The State of Texas requires all licensed inspectors to carry insurance so validate it.
A home inspection is not a warranty or guarantee of future performance. Once the inspection is completed, the buyer will receive a comprehensive report identifying all issues discovered during the inspection period. This report is ofen used as leverage to have repairs made or potentially lower the price of the offering. You the buyer control the transaction and it will make all the difference having the peace of mind about the house. It is also very wise to have the seller pay for a Home Warranty Plan.
Enjoy your new home,