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The Home Inspection Process

The Home Inspection Process

Seller Accepts Offer / Option Period

• Once the home is in the option period you will need to get the inspection scheduled ASAP.
• Most inspectors are booked a couple days out or even up to two weeks out depending on the time of year.
• Houston's strong housing market has kept the home inspection industry fairly consistent in terms of price, so don't waste too much of your limited time on getting tons of quotes.
• My advice is to trust your gut and go with the inspector that seems to care the most.
• All home inspectors will have you sign a pre-inspection agreement contract prior to the home inspection so don't be alarmed.

The Home Inspection

• The home inspection will last at least 3 hours.
• Be present if you can, but it's not required.
• Be prepared to take some time off work if you are there.
• If you are there try to give the inspector space while he or she works.
• The inspector will talk with you at the end about the inspection results.
• Remember the inspector will not tell you everything, that's what the report is for.
• The inspector will strictly follow the Standards of Practice established by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) when performing a home inspection.

The Inspection Report

• The inspector's product in his report, not his words.
• Don't get too hung up on something an inspector tells you, wait for the report before reacting.
• Sometimes verbal tones or gestures can be misinterpreted if you are unfamiliar with the inspector.
• The report is usually delivered to clients via email within 24 hours.
• You can always call the inspector if you have questions.

Example Report

• Pay attention to the meaning of “I, NI, NP, D”.
Example Report
• Notice the Foundation has been marked “D” for “Deficient” but the foundation is still performing and doing it what it is suppose do at the time of the inspection.
• The inspector is required to give his or her opinion in regards to the performance of the foundation.

What are Deficiencies?

• You're going to see deficiencies on every home you buy, old and new.
• Your inspector will help you understand your deficiencies and what they mean.
• Inspectors use different font colors. Ignore the colors and read what the report says.
• Some reports will have summary pages and others will not. Don't only read the summary, read the entirety of the report.


• Your Realtor will help you negotiate repairs or a price adjustment if so you see fit, but it's better to not expect price reductions for every deficiency you see.

Make an appointment today by phone, filling out the form below, or by using our scheduler and get one step closer to loving where you live.