Written By: Vikki Head
Whether you are purchasing your first home or your fifth, it is important to remember how valuable a detailed home inspection can be. A competent home inspector will work with your buyers (or sellers) to educate them on all of the major systems and possible scenarios that those can present if an issue is detected. Wondering what those major systems are? They are as follows: HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Foundations, and Roofing. There are many other smaller issues that your inspector should be looking for, testing, and detailing in an inspection report, however, those five major systems are going to be the focus because they are typically what costs the consumer the most money to repair.
When your inspector arrives, they should briefly walk you through their process and what to expect from them for the next 2-3 hours (which is how long a typical residential inspection can take). It is very important for the sellers to have all the utilities left on (even in a vacant house) so that the inspector is able to check everything that is required of the by TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission). Another helpful tip is to make sure that all areas of the home are easily accessible (nothing blocking the way into the attic for example.) And it is recommended that whoever is paying for the inspection is present and can ask the inspector questions or tell them of any concerns they may have. The value of an inspection is to provide the buyer as much insight into the property condition as possible. This is a benefit to both the buyer and a possible protection for the seller.
At the end, normally within 24-48 hours, your inspector creates and sends you and your Realtor a report that you can go over together and ask your real estate expert and the inspector questions if there is anything you are not sure about or would like more information on.
Inspections should be helpful, not scary! And Realtors and Inspectors alike are licensed by TREC to make sure they are competent advisors in the home-buying process and that they have the consumer’s best interest at heart.