In almost every case, an inspection is recommended. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding getting your home inspected.
Who pays for it?
In short, the buyer. You choose the inspector, pay him directly for his services, and the inspection report he generates is yours.
What does an inspector do?
An inspector will conduct an “objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation,” according to the American Society of Home Inspectors. The inspection will likely last between 2 to 5 hours and will cover all the major systems of a home. Keep in mind that inspectors don’t have a crystal ball or x-ray vision.
When should you get an inspection?
In Texas, most contracts have option periods. During this time, a buyer may elect to terminate the contract for any reason. This is the time in which you should have the inspection performed.
Where should you be during the inspection?
We recommend that you attend the end of the inspection. This allows the inspector to focus on his work and go over all of his findings with you in person. If a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing it in person is obviously better. During this time, you can ask any questions you may have.
Why should you have an inspection?
Your home purchase is likely the largest investment you will ever make. An inspector will be able to identify problems and recommend needed maintenance. After your inspection, we can determine if there are any issues that you want to address with the seller prior to moving forward. Our agents will make recommendations that are right for you and your situation.