About Home Inspections

INFORMATION FOR CONSUMERS WHO ARE PURCHASING A TEXAS HOME
(updated 03242016)

A home inspection may not be mandatory to close on your new or pre-owned home, but it is HIGHLY recommended. Think of it as “Lemon Busters” for home buying.  Lemon Busters find the flaws in used vehicles.  Home Inspectors find flaws and code violations in new and pre-owned homes.  (YES… New Construction Homes, too!)

WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTOR INSPECT?

A good Certified Home Inspector will spend about two hours “kicking the tires,” depending on square footage and special requests. From the doorbell to the back door and everything in between, inspectors will inspect everything they have access to.

CAN I BE PRESENT DURING THE HOME INSPECTION?

Absolutely! It’s recommended that you be present. For a smooth inspection, it’s suggested that buyers allow the inspector to complete their inspection before interrupting them with questions. At the end of the inspection, the inspector will gladly review all of his/her findings with you and answer all of your questions. If the inspector finds something serious during the inspection, he or she will point it out to you immediately.

CAN I TAKE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO THE INSPECTION?

Technically, yes. Just keep in mind that the Inspector wants to be thorough for your sake and to avoid any liabilities. It’s best if children are not present during a home inspection. The fewer distractions an Inspector has, the more thorough and accurate the inspection will be.

WHAT INSPECTORS TYPICALLY INSPECT (if applicable and/or accessible):

  • Roof
  • Attic
  • Foundation
  • Crawlspace
  • Windows
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
  • Electrical (e.g., outlets, fixtures, breakers)
  • Plumbing (e.g., fixtures, commodes)
  • Appliances (e.g., dishwasher, Stove/Range, Water Heater)
  • Cosmetic flaws (e.g., water damage, cracks)
  • Code Violations

TEXAS REAL ESTATE CONSUMER NOTICE CONCERNING HAZARDS OR DEFICIENCIES: Just because something is written on an inspection report as “deficient” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s in need of repair. Sometimes a known “deficiency” is a code violation according to TODAY’S building standards. It’s very likely that the item in question was built to code at the time of construction and/or installation. If you have questions or concerns, ask your inspector.

WHAT DO I NEED BEFORE SHOPPING FOR INSPECTORS?

Have the MLS sheet of the home you are inspecting. In order for an Inspector to offer a quote, he or she may ask you for the following information about the home:

  • Address
  • Square footage
  • Age of the home
  • Roof type
  • Foundation type
  • Heating/Cooling type (e.g., central air or window units)
  • Are there additional features you’d like to have inspected? (Sprinkler system, pool, septic system, etc…)
  • Do you want a Termite Inspection? (If there are trees/shrubs close to the house or if there is a wood deck/fence close to (or touching) the house, a termite inspection could be a good idea). TERMITE INSPECTIONS ARE MANDATORY FOR VA LOANS.

Many Inspectors will include photos with their findings.  When shopping for a home inspector, here are some important questions to ask…

TEN IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HOME INSPECTOR

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE INSPECTORS- Member List

If you are obtaining an FHA or VA Government Loan, here’s a disclosure you MUST read: CAUTION!  FOR YOUR PROTECTION: GET A HOME INSPECTION

CAN I BACK OUT OF THE CONTRACT IF THE HOME INSPECTION REVEALS TOO MANY REPAIRS FOR ME TO HANDLE?

In the state of Texas, there is a contract clause that will allow you to have an “Option Period.” An Option Period is a window of time when a Buyer can cancel/terminate a contract for ANY REASON.  Most Buyers will use the Option Period to have a home inspection and to negotiate repairs with a Seller.  If repairs are too much and/or if a Seller refuses to take care of repairs before closing, a Buyer can walk away from the deal with a refund of the Earnest Money.  The only expense not refunded to the buyer is the cost of the Inspection and the Option Fee spent for the Option Period.

Consult your REALTOR® and/or Attorney for advice pertaining to your transaction.

[Option Fees and time frames vary depending on a buyer’s needs.  Ask your REALTOR® what would be fair for your offer.]


“Valet Real Estate Services Around the Clock!”  If you have general real estate questions, I’m always on-call.  Whether you’re a Home Buyer, Home Seller or a Tenant, I’ll gladly tailor my service to suit your needs.”  ~Agent Val, Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor~ 

METRO REALTY | Val J Aranda, REALTOR®

4007 McCullough Ave, Suite #477
San Antonio, TX 78212 |
Call/Text Val: 210-378-5987

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