◊ Why should I have a home inspection?
The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect --- both indoors and out -- in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint might be hiding serious structural concerns. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage condition or may be simply the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.
As a seller, if you have owned your building for a period of time, an inspection can identify potential concerns in the sale of your building and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs.
If your Realtor recommended a home inspection, it is because your realtor wants you to be a totally informed purchaser, they can only disclose what has been made known to them. They are looking out for your best interest by suggesting that a qualified home inspector evaluate the property you are about to purchase.
◊ What is a home inspection?
An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.
◊ What gets inspected when I have a professional home inspection?
An At-Ease Professional Home Inspection includes evaluation of:
- Proper Drainage
- Crawl Space & Ventilation
- Complete Exterior
- Complete Interior
- Air Conditioning
- Heat Pumps
Additional Services Include...
- Termite Inspections
- Swimming Pool & Spa
- Sprinkler System
◊ When do I request an Inspector?
The best time to consult an inspector is right after you have made an offer on your new building. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building.
◊ Who should I call?
A professionally trained home inspector who has been certified by TREC, preferably one with many years experience.
◊ Should the inspector be licensed?
Yes. All At-Ease Home Inspectors are professionally licensed Home Inspectors.
◊ How is the industry regulated?
In Texas all inspections should be performed to the standards adopted by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). To become a member, your inspector must pass a written examination to prove their competency. TREC requires all inspectors to participate in continuing education courses to maintain their certifications and/or memberships. TREC inspectors adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice.
Once I find a qualified inspector, what specific questions should I ask?
◊ How long to complete the inspection?
A typical inspection will take approximately one hour per 1,000 square foot of the home. It is preferable for you, as a client, to be there the entire time, but is not required. Our inspectors will go over the report and answer all of your questions at the end of the inspections.
◊ What kind of report will I receive?
Many reports are hand written on a few pages, they look very unprofessional, and are hard to read. However, with At-Ease Home Inspections, our reports are computer generated with a one page summary sheet at the back of the report.
◊ What happens if the inspector honestly misses something?
Unfortunately, everybody is human, and sometimes mistakes do happen. At-Ease Home Inspections is committed to resolving every issue to the satisfaction of everyone involved. You, the consumer, have other rights and remedies under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protective Act which is in addition to any remedies which may be available under any contract. For more information concerning your rights, contact the consumer protection division of the Attorney General's Office, your local district or county attorney, or the attorney of your choice.
◊ How much does a home inspection cost?
This is sometimes the first question asked but tells the least about the inspector. Fees are generally based according to size, age and various other components of the home. Inspection fees from a certified professional home inspector generally start around $200. A quality inspection backed by a company who's been in business a long time with a reputation for standing behind their work sometimes requires a higher investment but it's worth it. You'll avoid headaches later on down the line.
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