Home inspections: Are they worth the money?

A home inspection could be the best investment you make. An inspection can save you hundreds of dollars in maintenance and repairs after you move in. While it is true that most homes have some maintenance or repair issues, this does not mean they should not be inspected. The home inspection is a great way to find out what maintenance problems or repairs are occurring and to make these known to potential buyers. This information can be taken by the buyer and used as part of his decision-making process.

A certified home inspector will inspect every component of the home. He will inspect:

1. You should inspect the site for hazards, water drainage, and vegetation that could adversely affect the structure. Also, look out for signs of soil instability and other hard surfaces.

2. Examine the foundation, floor framing, and roof framing for any possible support structures.

3. Exterior inspections should include inspections of wall coverings, coatings, and sealants around walls penetrations, stairs and decks, handrails, and soffits.

4. You may inspect the roof from the ground, ladder, or wherever it is dangerous to walk on the roof because of its slope or slippery conditions. Roof inspections include roof materials, flashings gutters, and downspouts as well as any roof penetrations.

5. The plumbing components include the visible water supply and waste lines as well as vent lines, fixtures, faucets, and water heating equipment.

6. For safety hazards and proper operation, the electrical system panel, wiring, and circuit breakers will all be closely inspected.

7. The HVAC system components are examined including the furnace, fuel source, flue pipes, and chimney. Venting controls, such as thermostats, are also checked. If the ambient temperature is below 60 degrees F for at least 24 hours, the air conditioner may not be tested.

8. For safety and condition, the interior walls, ceilings, and floors as well as windows and doors are checked. The fireplace dampers are checked, the fireboxes are inspected, and the gas logs are operated.

9. When safe, type, and quantity of insulation are checked, the roof structure is inspected and exhaust vents for exhausting outside are checked.

10. When possible, crawlspaces and basements should be accessed. Proper ventilation is ensured by checking the support posts, footings, and intermediate wall support as well as cracked foundations. The conditions conducive to wood-destroying organisms are examined, including standing water, earth/wood contact, wood and cellulose debris, as well as plumbing leaks. Finally, damage caused by WDO’s and Wood Destroying Organisms is inspected. WDO’s are termites, Carpenter and moisture ants, Anobiid Beetles and rot-fungus, which is commonly referred to as dry rot.

Yes, I believe a home inspection san antonio fee can be well worth the cost. Home purchases are often the biggest investment that a family makes. Surprises aren’t welcome.

Lone Star Inspections
32882 Interstate 10 West Suite 203, Boerne, TX 78006

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