What is a Home Inspection?

It is a good idea to have a home inspector inspect your new house before you buy it. They will thoroughly inspect the property and provide an objective opinion on its technical condition. Home inspections usually take between 2 and 4 hours depending on the property. Home inspections can save you money and prevent costly repairs down the road. A professional home inspector can inspect your home to determine the true structural condition. The inspector will only inspect the structure and property.

Preliminaries

Normal home inspections take between 2 to 4 hours. Before inspecting a home, the inspector will offer a contract. This agreement is then signed and paid for. After that, the inspector provides a brief overview of the inspection to the client and then visits the site with him.

Items covered

The inspector will inspect the following items visually, but not always in that order.

  • Interiors (non-aesthetic)
  • Foundation and basement
  • Roof and attic
  • Framing structure
  • Air conditioner
  • Electric systems
  • Chimney
  • Plumbing system
  • Heating system
  • Bathrooms, kitchen, laundry area
  • Garage

Extra services

Additional inspections such as pools, barns, or any other outer structures, spas. docks. sea walls. Wood annihilating insects, well flow, lawn sprinkler systems, gates, fences, and EIFS (Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems) may be performed at an additional cost. An environment-related inspection can be conducted by the inspection agency.

  • Water testing
  • Lead testing
  • Radon testing
  • Formaldehyde testing
  • Asbestos testing
  • Septic inspection
  • Tests for carbon monoxide

Completion

The inspector will give a summary of his findings after the operation is completed. Clients may ask questions and receive a signed report detailing the inspection. This report is the client’s exclusive right.

Ethics

The inspector must inform the client about the condition of the home. He can point out defects and offer possible reasons. He may also suggest ways to fix them. The inspector is not expected to recommend any contractor or provide an assessment of the likely expenses for repairs/modifications unless he happens to be a contractor himself. The inspector should not decide if the client should purchase the property. He also should not comment on the property’s market value. He should not be able to profit from any repairs the house might need.

Disclaimer

The inspection is visual and will only be done for the current state of the house at the time it was inspected. Inspection should not be taken as a warranty. The inspector will only spend 2,3 hours inspecting the house. This is not enough time to examine all components and elements that make up a house. During that time, he must use his knowledge to inspect the most important factors. Two inspectors inspecting the same property will produce a different report.

The customer should thoroughly inspect the home and inquire about the qualifications and experience of any potential inspector. It is not cheap to hire a qualified, experienced home inspector. Don’t be fooled by low-priced inspectors who may not have the experience and qualifications necessary to conduct an inspection effectively.

Hiring a professional inspector is always advisable. The cost of hiring a professional home inspector to inspect to do home inspection San Antonio TX is justified by any repairs or defects that are found.

Lone Star Inspections
32882 Interstate 10 West Suite 203, Boerne, TX 78006
210-643-4588

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