Reality Check – Why Home Inspections Matter

Reality Check – Why Home Inspections Matter Buyers Inspection Services February 6, 2024

Reality Check – Why Home Inspections Matter

why home inspections matterWhy Houston Home Inspections Matter: Reality Check: Call Buyers Inspection Service in Houston, and all nearby areas. Call (713) 377-0111. Buying a dream home in Houston? Don’t let love blind you to potential problems. A home inspection is your safety net, uncovering hidden issues before you’re stuck with the bill (and the headache). Ordering a home inspection is essential when buying a house, whether you’re a first-time buyer or experienced. Additionally, the inspection report offers negotiation leverage for addressing issues with the seller before finalizing the sale. By conducting a home inspection, you can have a clear understanding of what you’re buying and if it’s truly the ideal home for you.

Here's the reality:

1) You might miss crucial details: Cracks in the foundation? Termites lurking in the shadows? A home inspector with a trained eye sees what you don’t.
2) Peace of mind is priceless: Invest a few hundred dollars now to avoid thousands in unexpected repairs later.
3) Negotiation leverage: The inspection report is your bargaining chip to get the seller to fix issues before closing.
Don’t let emotions cloud your judgment. A home inspection is an essential step in the buying process, ensuring you get a safe, sound, and valuable home.
A certified home inspector can impartially identify structural, electrical, and plumbing problems, providing insight into the safety and value of the property. While you may be blinded by the charming features of a house, inspectors can uncover hidden issues like termite damage, chimney nests, or foundation cracks. It is recommended to consult with your real estate agent who can recommend reliable inspectors for a thorough examination of the property. While inspections may cost several hundred dollars, the investment is worth ensuring the home's worthiness.

Finding a Home Inspector:

  1. How do I find a qualified home inspector in Houston?
  2. What are the benefits of using a certified inspector?
  3. What should I ask potential inspectors before hiring one?
  4. What are the typical costs of a home inspection in Houston?

The Inspection Process:

  1. What does a standard home inspection include?
  2. What additional inspections might be necessary (e.g., pool, foundation, etc.)?
  3. When should I schedule a home inspection?
  4. What can I expect during the inspection?
  5. What happens after the inspection?

Understanding the Report:

  1. How do I read and understand a home inspection report?
  2. What should I do if the report identifies problems with the house?
  3. Can a home inspector negotiate repairs with the seller?

Additional Resources:

  1. Texas Real Estate Commission:
  2. International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI):
  3. Angie’s List:
  4. Feel free to ask me any specific questions you have about home inspections in Houston, Texas. I’m here to help!

Additional Resources:

Our inspections adhere to the TREC Standards of Practice and cover a wide range of components in the property. This includes checking the various structural systems such as the foundation, grading & drainage, roof materials, roof structure & attic, walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, stairways, fireplaces & chimneys, porches, balconies, decks, and carports.

How quickly can I book an inspection?

To secure a timely inspection, it is recommended that you schedule it as soon as your option period begins. Our company has a team of multiple inspectors, allowing us to accommodate most inspections within a 7-day option period.

How will I get the report? Will you email it to me, or do I need to pick it up?

All reports are delivered electronically by email within 24 hours of the completion time of your inspection.

How long will the inspection take and can I be present during it?

The duration of the inspection typically ranges from 1 to 1.5 hours per 1000 square feet. However, this timeframe can vary depending on various factors. It is important to note that every property is unique, and the inspection may require less or more time depending on its structure.
We highly encourage you to attend your inspection, preferably towards the end when the inspector has completed the physical examination of the property. This allows us to provide you with a comprehensive overview of everything we have observed during the inspection and address any questions you may have.

How much will the inspection cost?

The cost of the inspection varies depending on the size of the structure and the optional systems that will be inspected. Our base inspection starts at several hundred dollars which includes a FREE Wood Destroying Insect report with a standalone value. This base fee is for structures that are 2000 sq ft. or less and do not include optional system inspections. The cost will increase based on the additional square footage of the property and the optional systems that will be inspected. Optional systems that can be inspected include septic systems, sprinkler systems, pools, spas, hot tubs, outbuildings, detached garages, wells and well water testing, piers, boathouses, and others that are available.