It's In Your Interest to read these sections.
reveal all of the home's secrets and all inspections and inspectors are
definitely not alike. Compare for yourself. Like
other professions there are good professionals and others who are not as
Buyers have many tools at
their disposal to help them in their decision to buy a home. Ultimately, the
final decision is the buyers to make. The inspection help clear up matters
related to the conditions of the property.
of the most important aspects of a Building Inspection is how efficient the
individual inspector is organized for expediting the physical inspection of
buildings. A well developed plan for the day's work helps building
inspectors permit us to make more complete in the inspection work. Providing
more complete inspections will improve code compliance and decrease the
number of mistakes, resulting in a drop of problems.
building departments will issue building permits to the owner of property
who desires to construct or alter a structure. The owner ordinarily has no
special qualifications and in most cases is one who does not realize the
hazards connected with construction. He will perform and be responsible for
an important job without adequate credentials. The desire to make additional
profit or the misunderstanding on the part of a contractor or builder may
lead to the existence of hazardous conditions on the job. Quality field
inspection is the only means available for discovering and remedying these
hazardous conditions. The best engineering design and the most competent
plans check is made useless unless a competent inspector makes a thorough
of techniques in this area
gives inspectors an approach to the daily work load and an efficient
solution to problems.
- Why Every Homebuyer Should
Have An Inspection.
Your home is
usually your biggest investment. A home inspection helps to assure your
investment is a wise and happy one. Becoming aware of exactly what you are
buying can help ease the anxiety associated with purchasing a home. Inspection
by an experienced professional will bring you peace of mind. Even if no
problems are found, a home inspection gives you the chance to talk to a
knowledgeable professional about your new home. You'll have the opportunity to
ask questions you may have about the operation and maintenance of the house.
As a general rule any purchase of a home or
other building should be contingent upon an inspection and the Buyer's
satisfaction as to the condition of the property. Unless the Buyer is
very experienced and knowledgeable he won't be able to identify defects, some
of which are easily fixed but which can cause significant damage if left
unattended. Additionally, most Buyers do not want to crawl around under
a house poking at the wood, checking the foundation, and looking for leaky
pipes. I will do a thorough check inside and outside and give you a
detailed written report. Meet me at the property, watch what I do and
ask questions. Consider doing a pre-inspection tour yourself and take
notes about things that you see. then, ask me about those specific
To help sell the property it may be helpful to
have an inspection prior to putting it on the market. That way you
minimize the risk of unpleasant surprises which might cause a lost sale.
It is important that a property not have significant defects when a Buyer
comes to look. Finally, a good inspector might give you hints and tips
to make your property more attractive. Inspectors look at lots of homes
and they see which ones sell and they know why.
Ask to look at the type of report you will
receive and see how complete and detailed it is. Ask about the nature
and extent of the inspection that is going to be done. You need someone
who is going to be impartial, Diligent and thorough.
Home inspection services are normally
contracted by a potential purchaser of a residential property with the purpose
of determining the current condition of that property. Inspections on homes is
a relatively new service that has become standard practice in only the last 8
to 10 years. Prior to the existence and use of home inspectors, most home
inspection services were provided in a minimal way by contractors in specific
fields, such as air conditioning contractors, plumbers, electricians, and
general contractors. The problem with having inspections performed by such
contractors was that they were not in the normal business of providing
documentation as to the condition of an asset. In many cases, a foundation,
roof, or mechanical system may, in fact, function and may not require
significant repair but may be in a poor condition or display a need for
increased maintenance that is not reflected in the information provided by a
specific trade inspection. In addition, there is a significant benefit to
hiring a single individual who can provide information on many different
systems. As a result of this need, property inspection professionals began
providing inspection services. In the state of Texas, home inspection services
are primarily performed by real estate inspectors licensed under the Texas
Real Estate Commission (TREC) and licensed professional engineers, with most
of the home inspections performed in Texas by licensed real estate inspectors.
Description Of Typical
TREC licensed inspectors are required to follow
a minimum scope in their inspection. Although this scope can be increased by
the inspector, many average inspectors provide inspections of a similar
minimum scope. The significant systems considered in a typical inspection are
the foundation, roof, structure, maintenance items, mechanical systems,
plumbing systems, and electrical systems. A client will most often find the
differences between inspection services in the level of detail, the quality of
the written report, and the quality of the customer service.
Services provided by most home inspection
companies licensed by the TREC are limited to pre-purchase inspections. Items
required to be included in a typical inspection report include information and
an opinion regarding the condition of the foundation, structure, roof, general
maintenance items, built-in appliances, air conditioning and heating, and
electrical systems. The scope of a typical home inspection includes items
which are readily visible without moving items or performing significant
disassembly of equipment or structure inspected. In some cases, inspectors are
not allowed to significantly disassemble equipment due to the lack of state
licenses, such is the case with electrical or air conditioning equipment. This
also prevents the possibility of damage to the property being inspected. The
purpose of such an inspection is to provide information as to the overall
condition of the property being evaluated. It should be understood by clients
that this does not necessarily include recommendations for any repairs to a
property unless that was specifically contracted for.
Engineering firms which provide home inspection
services are not required to follow the TREC standards of practice, although
in some cases they do. Such firms often have a very wide variety of additional
inspection services in addition to standard pre-purchase home inspections.
The services provided by real estate inspectors
are priceless and, in a significant number of cases, provide information on
the condition of property that more than justify even the highest of
There is more to buying to a house than signing
papers at the closing. This is only a brief summary of some of the things to
look for when buying or in some cases not buying a house. Some of the sections
that must be looked at are the yard, electrical system, foundation, basement,
roof, kitchen, attic and plumbing.
When looking at a potential home there are many
things to consider before walking in the door. What kind of neighborhood is the
house located in? You should find out if the house is in an industrial area, has
heavy traffic, or crime.
You may now agree that buying a new home may be
the biggest investment you�ll ever make. Although the process is exciting
it quickly becomes overwhelming. While the home you have selected may appear
to be just what you�re looking for, how can you be sure there aren�t
potentially serious unknown defects which can make your investment in your
future a costly one. This is especially true when others are working against
your best interests. You need to have confidence in everyone in the process.
Having your new home professionally inspected by our company as early as
possible in the buying process can save you thousands of dollars on items
which you may be able to have the seller or builder correct. My company is
dedicated to providing you with valuable information about your new home. I
thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose
unknown defects and advise you about future maintenance about your home once
the purchase is complete. My company will give you the information you require
to make an informed decision. I have tried to
make all comments positive, but more importantly the statements are true and
accurate although based on personal viewpoints that are based on experience.
The comments are given as educational in nature and are not intended as
unprofessional in nature.
|As a home inspector, I know the basics
of construction as presented in this guide. Because structural
problems can be severe and expensive, the home buyer is highly interested
in your findings. Serious problems can have a huge impact on the
negotiations and closing of the sale. The customer depends on you
for help in providing a fair and accurate reporting on the home's
|People wanting to buy a home
depend on me as their home inspector to pay attention to all the many
details involved in the inspection of the exterior of that
home. It involves a lot more than knowing what you're doing in
respect to the siding. I have to know about all those other
things to watch for. My customers trust that you have that
|The home inspection customer is
always concerned about the condition of the roof and depends on the
home inspector to give it a good inspection. To the customer, the
roof is an intimidating mystery, but he or she knows just enough to be
worried. Your customer depends on you to have the knowledge
necessary to bring facts and findings about the roof to light.
|Plumbing systems have
undergone a number of changes in the past 90 years, and I as a home
inspector see them all. The home inspector not only looks for
defects such as seepage, leaks, and drips in the system. it helps to be
able to inform the customer how the entire system is affected, what
repairs are needed, and when actions should be taken. You need to be
well prepared to perform a good inspection.
|As a home inspector, I am
familiar with basic wiring practices, NEC requirements, and the
details of the electrical inspection. I am knowledgeable and
cautious when performing the inspection, always aware of safety hazards to
report to my customers..
|Central heating and air
conditioning are big ticket items that cause customers a great deal of
concern when buying a home. The home inspector plays an important
role in inspecting these systems, giving the customer the needed
information and checking systems, especially heating, for
As a home inspector, I pay attention to the
details involved in the interior inspection, no matter how small.
They're just as important to the home inspection as the major home
systems like heating and electrical. Customers appreciate it.
Finding Your Home
What should I look for when deciding on a
Select a community that will allow you to best
live your daily life. Many people choose communities based on schools. Do you
want access to shopping and public transportation? Is access to local facilities
like libraries and museums important to you? Or do you prefer the peace and
quiet of a rural community? When you find places that you like, talk to people
that live there. They know the most about the area and will be your future
neighbors. More than anything, you want a neighborhood where you feel
What should I do if I'm feeling excluded from
Immediately contact the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) if you ever feel excluded from a
neighborhood or particular house. Also, contact HUD if you believe you are being
discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, nationality,
familial status, or disability. HUD's Office of Fair Housing has a hotline for
reporting incidents of discrimination: 1-800-669-9777 (and 1-800-927-9275 for
the hearing impaired).
How can I find out about local schools?
You can get information about school systems by
contacting the city or county school board or the local schools. Your real
estate agent may also be knowledgeable about schools in the area.
How can I find out about community resources?
Contact the local chamber of commerce for
promotional literature or talk to your real estate agent about welcome kits,
maps, and other information. You may also want to visit the local library. it
can be an excellent source for information on local events and resources, and
the librarians will probably be able to answer many of the questions you have.
How can I find out how much homes are selling
for in certain communities and neighborhoods?
Your real estate agent can give you a ballpark
figure by showing you comparable listings. If you are working with a REALTOR,
they may have access to comparable sales maintained on a database.
How can I find information on the property tax
The total amount of the previous year's property
taxes is usually included in the listing information. If it's not, ask the
seller for a tax receipt or contact the local assessor's off ice. Tax rates can
change from year to year, so these figures may-be approximate.
What other tax issues should I take into
Keep in mind that your mortgage interest and real
estate taxes will be deductible. A qualified real estate professional can give
you more details on other tax benefits and liabilities,
Is an older home a better value than a new
There isn't a definitive answer to this question.
You should look at each home for its individual characteristics. Generally,
older homes may be in more established neighborhoods, offer more ambiance, and
have lower property tax rates. People who buy older homes, however, shouldn't
mind maintaining their home and making some repairs. Newer homes tend to use
more modern architecture and systems, are usually easier to maintain, and may be
more energy-efficient. People who buy new homes often don't want to worry
initially about upkeep and repairs.
Tips for Buying a
What's the future
vitality of the Area?
- When considering a
property try not to focus on the past economic growth. This growth is very
important, but also look into the future potential or downfalls of the
- Will this city and
neighborhood have the opportunities available in the future that will
allow your investment in your home grow?
- What type of
transportation is available? Will the current growth be more than the
near by freeways are prepared to handle?
- What schools are
now available. Are there plans to close down the schools, or build more?
- Will this area
continue to prosper to have the job opportunities necessary to support
- What other
structures, airport traffic, or freeways are planed in the area? How
would this effect your property value like noise pollution or the bright
hot pink hotel they will build across the street?
- Will the local
park be converted into a housing development in the future, or
maintained without graffiti and garbage?
Do keep in mind it's
impossible to predict the future, but by taking the time to ask the right
questions, you will have the necessary information available to make the best
decision for you and your family giving the current market. It does pay to leave
as little to chance as you can.
What should I look for when walking through a
- Is there enough room for both the present and
- Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms?
- Is the house structurally sound?
- Do the mechanical systems and appliances work?
- Is the yard big enough?
- Do you like the floor plan?
- Will your furniture fit in the space? Is there
enough storage space? (Bring a tape measure to better answer these questions.)
- Does anything need to repaired or replaced?
Will the seller repair or replace the items?
- Imagine the house in good weather and bad, and
in each season. Will you be happy with it year round?
Take your time and think carefully about each
house you see. Ask your real estate agent to point out the pros and cons of each
home from a professional standpoint.
What questions should I ask when looking at
Many of your questions should focus on potential
problems and maintenance issues. Does anything need to be replaced? What things
require ongoing maintenance (e.g., paint, roof, HVAC, appliances, carpet)? Also
ask about the house and neighborhood, focusing on quality of life issues. Be
sure the seller's or real estate agent's answers are clear and complete. Ask
questions until you understand all of the information they've given. Making a
list of questions ahead of time will help you organize your thoughts and arrange
all of the information you receive. The Home Scorecard can help you develop your
How can I keep track of all the homes I see?
If possible, take photographs of each house: the
outside, the major rooms, the yard, and extra features that you like or ones you
see as potential problems. And don't hesitate to return for a second look. Use a
scorecard to organize your digital photos and notes for each house.
How many homes should I consider before
There isn't a set number of houses you should see
before you decide. Visit as many as it takes to find the one(s) you are
interested in. Don't be in a hurry, even if you get pressure from a real estate
agent. If they do pressure you just walk away from them and find another that
will represent your interests. On average,
homebuyers see 15 houses before choosing one. Just be sure to communicate often
with your "exclusive buyer's" real estate agent about everything you're looking
for. It will help avoid wasting your time.
Have An Inspection.
If you are putting your home up for sale, should you
consider having your own building inspection? Should this be part of
your "pre-sale home improvement" process?
The answer is "Yes."
Once a buyer makes an offer and you accept it, you have a
contract. One of the most common conditions of that contract is,
"offer contingent upon satisfactory building inspection." The
buyer is going to have a professional home inspector go through your house
to make sure there are not any hidden problems.
The last thing that you want is to have your deal fall
through because of an unknown problem uncovered by the buyer�s building
inspector. This is especially true if it is a minor problem and
could easily have been repaired ahead of time -- if only you had known
Many a transaction has fallen apart because of building
Preparing for Sale
When preparing your house for sale, you are going to do
lots of things to make it more appealing to potential buyers. You are
going to clean up the yard, apply a fresh coat of paint where needed, get
rid of all clutter in and around the house, have the kitchen and all
bathrooms at their sparkling best, get the rugs cleaned, clean all
Why not spend the relatively few dollars and also have a
building inspection? Find out the hidden problems with your home and
correct them in advance. If you don�t, you can be assured that the
buyer�s inspector will find them. When the buyer�s inspector finds a
problem, it can throw a monkey wrench into the works.
The buyer will ask you to fix the problems found by their
inspector � or no deal. If you do not want to fix the problems, they
will ask for a reduction in price or a cash credit at closing � or no
deal. In some cases, they buyer may even cancel the purchase entirely, not
giving you a chance to make any corrections.
If the buyer cancels the purchase, where does that leave
you? It leaves you with a house that you will have to put back on the
market � a house that has been stigmatized. Future potential buyers and
their agent will always wonder, "What happened with that first
An Item of
If you hire your own home inspector and find problems but
elect not to repair them, be sure to tell your agent. They should be
disclosed to all potential buyers. In some states this is mandatory. Home
sellers and their agent who have known of problems but not disclosed them
have successfully been taken to court for damages.
Think of yourself. Isn�t it easier to identify and
handle problems in advance rather than finding out about them later? If
there is a problem that you decide not to repair, disclose it up front and
indicate that the estimated buyer�s cost to fix it has been reflected in
the offer price of your home.
As a result, neither the buyers, or the seller should be
very surprised by unknown problems if a sellers inspection occurs
properly. For every sale, that made the process of getting to the final
closing a lot easier.