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2012-08-15 09:53:57
Buying Tips - Home Inspection


A home inspection is well  worth the cost.
When buying  a home, how  do you know  what you’re getting?

Most people  probably only think of one or two questions to ask a home inspector:  “How much is your fee?” and “When can you be there?” But these only scratch  the surface. 

Here’s a list of suggested questions you might  ask:

•    What types of licenses  do you hold?
•    What kind of training do you have?
•    Do you belong to a professional  inspectors’  association?
•    How long have you been licensed  in Texas?
•    Are you a full-time home inspector?
•    How much do you charge?
•    Do you also perform repairs?  (If the answer is yes, that may indicate a conflict of interest)
•    What will the inspection  include?  (Get specifics. It should include the electrical, heating, and central air-conditioning systems;  interior plumbing; visible insulation; roof; walls; ceilings; floors; windows; doors; foundation; basement; and the visible structure  of the house.)
•     Do you inspect  gas lines, swimming pools, spas,  septic  systems,  and wells? (You can identify other atypical systems  or items.) Do you charge extra for these?
•    Do you charge  extra based on the size of the home?  Multiple AC units?  Other items?
•    How much would you charge  if I ask for a reinspection  after repairs are completed?
•    Will you supply a written report?  (The inspector  should.)
•    Can I attend  the inspection? (The home inspection  is an opportunity for you to learn about your new home and ask questions. If the inspector  says no, find another inspector.)
•    Do you go up on the roof to inspect  it?
•    How long will the inspection  typically take? (Anything less than two hours is not long enough  for a thorough inspection.)
•    Can I call you with questions that come up later?
•    Can you give me names and phone numbers  of three people  for whom you’ve inspected homes recently?

The inspector  may not inspect  swimming pools, wells, septic  tanks, and other systems  and items, and many inspectors will not conduct environmental tests or wood-destroying  insect inspections. You will likely need to arrange for these inspections separately.

You can find a blank copy of the standard  inspector  report form at www.trec.state.tx.us  to give you an idea of what may or may not be covered  in the inspection.


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