“Love where you live.”
The purchase of your new home will be the most costly investment that your family will ever make. We know that buying a new house is very stressful. Buyers have so many valid questions and concerns about potential homes. To the untrained eye, many things go unnoticed. Some homebuyers notice cosmetic concerns, but the structural integrity of the home is what is most important and that’s what the inspector is looking for. Having your home inspected will answer most of the important questions that you may have.
All home inspectors in the state of Texas are required by law to be licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission. Due to the exhaustive education requirements, Texas is considered the most difficult state to obtain a professional home inspector's license.
While they are not legally required, it is highly recommended. Homes are typically a person's most expensive investment, and most people do not have the training or experience needed to see major problems that can easily be found by a licensed home inspector.
The typical inspection fee for a single family home will vary depending on the size of the house, certain features of the house, the sale price, its age, location and possible additional services. Generally, the larger and/or older the home, the more the inspection is going to cost. However, the average fee for a standard home inspection is typically at least $350.
I'm here to observe and report what I see by strictly following the Standards of Practice established by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). A basic home Inspection will include the five major components of a home (Structure, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, and Appliances). You will also receive a free Thermal Image Inspection which could potentially uncover such things as hidden plumbing leaks, insufficient insulation, hot circuit breakers and many other things not seen by the naked eye. I'm not here to tell you whether or not you should buy the home, but I'll provide you valuable information to help you make a more educated decision.
Our inspections are very detailed and will take approximately three to four hours to complete, excluding the time it takes to prepare the report. These times may very due to the size, age and condition of the house.
Though residential building code is a foundation of my professional education, I'm not a code inspector while inspecting a residential home. If I reference code once it doesn't mean I'm going to reference throughout the entirety of the house. I'll mainly reference building code only when the safety of human life is concerned.
I'm here to observe and report what I see. That being said, it doesn't mean that I can see through walls and it doesn't mean the condition of your home will not change from one day to the next. But I'm very good at what I do and I'll do my absolute best to provide you with the best home inspection your money can buy.
My report will tell you the condition of the house. There is NO perfect home, each will have defects. 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 sellers will lower their price, or you may choose not to proceed with the purchase.
There is no pass or fail. Though I'm licensed by the state, I do not represent the state, I represent YOU. If I mark something as “deficient” (check the “D” box) on a section of the report it does not mean the house fails an inspection. There are always item(s) marked deficient in nearly every home, old and new. Some deficiency's are more costly than others, but I'll do my best to let you know which those are.
Unfortunately I can't answer that question for you, but remember that just because something isn't wrong with the house today it doesn't mean that something will not be wrong tomorrow. A home is constantly moving, expanding and contracting throughout it's life cycle. As a homeowner you are taking a risk with any home purchase that you make. A home is an investment. Just make sure you love the home and the neighborhood that it's in. Love where you live.
I will be available to answer any questions you may have before or after you receive your inspection report.
Call me up and I'll give you $25 off your next home inspection on top of any other promotion that I'm running. I'm going to help you as much as I can.