Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a home inspection?
When you invest in a major purchase, it is important to know as much as possible about what you are getting for your money. If you buy a stock you want the broker to evaluate the company, a used car, you ask your mechanic to check its condition. Purchasing a home is probably the largest single investment you will make in your life time, you should know exactly what you are getting for your money. Nobody likes surprises, especially the ones that cost you significant dollars you could have avoided.
What is a home inspection and what is inspected?
A home inspection is an evaluation of the visible and accessible components of a home. This would include basic functionality of the structural components and operating systems using normal controls and does not require dismantling or the use of specialized tools or procedures.
Major areas that will be included in the Inspection:
Exterior: Living Areas: Non-Living Areas: Systems:
Foundation/Grading Ceilings, floors, walls Attic Electrical
Sidewalks & Driveways Doors & windows Insulation Plumbing
Siding, trim, brick veneer Major appliances Ventilation Air conditioning
Roof & flashings Fireplaces Crawl space Heating
Chimneys Basements Garages Sprinklers (isual only) A complete inspection is available for an additional fee.
Swimming Pools (visual only) A complete inspection is available for an additional fee.
If you would like to review a comprehensive list of what is included and not included by the InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors, InterNACHI, you can click on the SOP button.
Does TREC require all Professional Home Inspectors to use a standard reporting format/form?
Yes. This insures the minimum level inspection by the home inspector.
How long does it take to complete a home inspection?
Normally, it takes between 2 to 3 hours. This time varies based on the size, age, components and condition of the home.
When will I get the inspection report?
When your time and circumstances allow, the report will be printed on site at the time of the inspection. This provides an opportunity for an onsite, visual review of the findings in the report. This will be followed by an electronic copy sent via e-mail at the end of the day.
Should I be there for the inspection?
Yes! In reference to the question above, you are welcome to be there for the complete inspection, but I would ask that you take notes and we will discuss at the end. Inspections require full concentration. At least you should be there at the end for a review of the findings.
What, if I have additional questions after the inspection and onsite review?
You are my client and I will be available to answer any of your questions anytime during and after the inspection.