Buying a home can be an exciting, but stressful process. No matter how many homes you’ve looked at it’s likely that you will make an offer and enter into a contract. However, signing the sales contract is far from the final step. It’s time to find a home inspector.
One of the most important factors in the home buying process is the home inspection. This will give you a clearer picture of the condition of your new home and provide valuable information to keep in mind. Below are some of the most common questions associated with a home inspection.
1. What does a home inspection cover?
Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) inspections will include the structural and mechanical aspects of the home. Structural will include the roof, foundation type and building materials. The mechanical aspects include the electrical, HVAC, plumbing and appliances. If the home has optional systems such as sprinkler systems they will be inspected as well.
2. Will my home pass the home inspection?
First, it’s important to know that a home inspection is not pass/fail. A home inspector can tell you the condition of the property on the day it is inspected, but the resulting report is informational, not enforceable.
There may be important items listed as “deficient” but a home cannot “fail” a home inspection, regardless of its condition. The inspector provides the information they find, and you and your realtor take it from there.
3. What if I don’t understand some items in my inspection report?
Our inspection reports should be easy to read and contain photos and diagrams to help you understand what the inspector has found. If there is an item in your report that you don’t understand please call or email to ask. If possible we invite all of our clients to be present during the inspection, because a face to face meeting to help understand the home in always preferred. We are here to help you!
4. I have my home inspection report. What now?
Once your report is complete and you know what your concerns are it is important to get with your realtor and write an amendment. This is the document that details the repairs you are requesting from the seller.
Technically, the seller is not required to fix anything, but most people are reasonable and will understand that the “big ticket items” such as the roof, foundation, plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems should be in safe, working order. However, it is important to keep in mind that this is a negotiation and each party will likely have their own definition of what is reasonable.
While these tips address the more common concerns of homebuyers they won’t cover everything. It is important that you take the reins in making sure that you understand all the information you’ve paid for.