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Why Have Your Home Inspected
Dated: August 8 2016
Any good real estate professional will always allow at least a 10 day option period so that their buyer can have the home inspected by a licensed home inspector. You would not buy a car without test driving it first, so why would you buy a home without knowing exactly what you are paying for? A good home inspector can point out hidden and not so hidden features of the home. All licensed home inspectors in the state of Texas use the same regulated form.
A typical, under 2000 square, foot home should take about 3 hours to inspect. The home inspector will check the foundation, roof, attic, the plumbing system, the electrical system, the HVAC systems, all appliances except the fridge, the windows, doors and flooring. Remember, no home is perfect and the home inspector is paid to find any and all flaws. The inspector will inform you even of the smallest details such as a light switch plate is cracked. But they are invaluable when they find defects such as an exterior wall not having brick ties.
Just because an issue is noted on the inspection report does not necessarily mean that there is a problem or that it needs to be fixed. This is especially true when purchasing an older home. Inspectors must report anything that does not meet current city building codes. These codes change continuously. For an example, it is now code in Galveston County when building to install hurricane rated double paned windows, but homes built before this code will normally still have single paned windows. This does not mean that the seller needs to replace all the windows.
After the home is inspected, get with your Real Estate professional to discuss which, if any, items need to be addressed with the seller.
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