Home inspections are a vital part of selling and buying a home. They provide you with details to see a house for its real worth and make quick purchase or cancellation decisions. However, when it comes to home inspections, there are a ton of questions clients have but often find answers difficult to come by.
At B & J Real Estate Inspection, we want to arm you with the most accurate information available to help you take advantage of a thorough home inspection and to help you do this, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about getting a home inspection.
1. Do I need to get a home inspected before purchasing?
The short answer is a resounding yes! A home inspection by an experienced and knowledgeable home inspector, can not only save you thousands of dollars in unexpected repair expenses, but it may even put more money in your pocket during negotiations with the seller. At the very least if the home is being sold “as is,” the potential buyer will know exactly what the issues are with the house and can make an educated decision on whether or not to proceed to close or terminate the contract altogether. Also, in case you are searching for the cheapest inspector, please be aware that you may actually be losing more money, than if you hired an experienced and thorough inspector. The latter will find every detail and deficiency with a property, and in turn, put more of your hard earned money back in your pocket through repair negotiations with the seller.
2. How much does a home inspection cost?
Typically a home inspection ranges from $350 and up. It depends on the square footage, the age of the home, optional systems such as swimming pools and irrigation systems, and optional services such as infrared thermal imaging inspections.
3. Should I get a presale home inspection before listing my property on the market?
It is always a great idea to know what the issues are with the home you are about to sell, and what might come up on a potential buyer’s inspection report. It not only puts sellers ahead of the game, but it also gives them an opportunity to use the tradesmen of their choice. This means that they can perform “do it yourself repairs” or hire a family member to do some of the repairs which can save a lot of money in the long run.
4. How long does a home inspection take, and how long will it take to receive the detailed inspection report with photographs?
A typical home inspection these days takes at least three hours at the property, and when you get it done with B & J Real Estate Inspection, we guarantee the inspection report will be emailed to all applicable parties within twenty-four hours.
5. Should I attend the home inspection?
If you can, it is always a good idea to attend at least some part of the inspection. Preferably the latter half of the inspection if not the entire thing. That way, you can shake hands with the inspector, and also ask as many questions as you can think of. Also, the inspector will be able to physically point out and discuss any deficiencies, clarify any confusion, and answer any questions you might have about their findings.
6. Are home inspectors insured?
In the state of Texas, all licensed home inspectors are required to carry a minimum of $100,000 in errors and omissions insurance to be able to perform inspections.
7. Are there standards of practice that all home inspectors must follow?
Yes, there are minimum standards of practice set forth by the Texas Real Estate Commission for all home inspections. Although, at B & J Real Estate Inspection, we strive to exceed the minimum standards of practice, to provide the greatest value and service quality to our clients.
If you have any more questions about getting a home inspection, reach out to the experts at B & J Real Estate Inspection. When it comes to a home and commercial inspection in Sugar Land, TX, we provide the very best. We offer thorough, detailed, and personalized real estate inspections at affordable prices. We also specialize in a variety of inspections like structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing inspections for clients purchasing a home or commercial building. We offer the same services for clients interested in the current issues of a property that they are trying to sell or simply maintain and improve.
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