Buyers Inspections / Existing Homes Buyers inspections make up the majority of all home inspections. More homes are inspected every year as customers are realizing the importance of a professional inspection. The buyer will usually have 3 - 10 days to have one performed before proceeding with the home purchase. As with all types of inspections, the home's components and systems from the roof down to the foundation are inspected, as well as any extra components such as pools, sprinkler systems and outbuildings that the buyer may wish to include. An inspector must follow a minimum standards of practice set forth by the Texas Real Estate Commission. My inspections always go beyond these minimum standards to give my customers the best inspection for their money. Click here to see all the items are inspected in a home.
Seller Inspections / Pre-listing Inspections I have seen home deals fall through simply because the seller did not take time to find out the condition of their what they are going to find by getting there first. The advantages of a pre-listing inspection are numerous. Consider the following:
It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
It helps you to price your home realistically.
It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later, there is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit and you have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified. it may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as CO gas or active termite infestation.
It may relieve prospect's concerns and suspicions.
It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
It may alert you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
New Home Inspections Yes, new homes need inspecting! Many people assume that just because a house is new that it does not need to be inspected. With the rapid rate that homes are being built, many items in homes are being overlooked by builders and contractors. While many cities have their own code inspectors that visit these homes, they only look for code compliance and nothing else. A professional inspector averages two inspections per day while city code inspectors may visit 20 homes in a day. A professional inspector can perform a much more thorough inspection than the buyer, especially in areas such as the attic.
One Year Warranty Inspections If you purchased a new home, your builder will usually place a one year warranty on the home. Before the one year warranty expires, it is a great idea to have the home professionally inspected to take advantage of any problems or defects that the builder is responsible for. Homeowners are not going to get on a roof or enter the attic area and know what to look for that a professional inspector will. After the warranty expires, a homeowner could face repair bills that may have been avoided. The best time to get one of these inspections is around the eleventh month of ownership.
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