SHOULD I BE PRESENT DURING THE INSPECTION? We welcome the customer to be on location at the time of inspection. You will learn so much more by explanation in person as compared to a sheet of paper. Some clients are present for the entire length of the inspection, while others choose to come once the inspection is completed so that they can walk around with the inspector and see his findings. This is usually the last half-hour of the scheduled time for the inspection. DO NEWER HOMES NEED AN INSPECTION? Did you know that in the state of Texas house builders and handymen carpenters don’t need a license to build or work on houses? It is for this reason that even brand new homes can have serious issues the average customer may not even be aware of. WHAT IF THE INSPECTOR FINDS PROBLEMS? No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs. These items should be discussed with your real estate agent in the negotiation phase after the home inspection. DO ALL OF THE UTILITIES NEED TO BE ON? Yes. Many components of an inspection may require electricity , water, and gas. The inspection cannot be completed without utilities being on. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOME INSPECTION AND A CODE INSPECTION? Every home inspection is based on some version of building code. The differences, as Home Inspectors, we don't have enforcement powers and we are not limited by the local code. The local housing authority or building department is inspecting for the protection of the community and has virtually no liability to the individual buyer whereas the Home Inspector is there to provide a service to his client to help him make an informed decision before purchasing a property. These are two different types of inspections. WHAT IS COVERED IN A HOME INSPECTION? See WHAT’S INCLUDED? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INSPECTING HOUSES? The way you can tell how long a home inspector has been in business is by his or her TREC # which should be on every promotional material advertising the inspector. My number is #4216. This means when I got my license there were only 4,216 inspectors in the state of Texas. When shopping other inspectors you will find TREC #’s over 20,000. HOW LONG WILL A TYPICAL INSPECTION TAKE? The general answer is anywhere between 2 1/2 to 4 hours . There are two parts to an inspection. There is the onsite visual inspection and the written report, and the length of time it takes to complete both depend on several factors. First, the size of the home. It makes sense that a 1500 square foot house would take much less time than a 4500 square foot home with a pool, septic system and outbuilding. Secondly, the condition of the home is also a huge factor.We have inspected homes that were built in the same year and almost identical in size, but one was well maintained while the other one had been neglected and let go. The more things wrong with a home, the longer the onsite inspection and the more things to write up on a written inspection report.