A home inspection is a roller coaster of emotions, ranging from excitement to anxiety. The length of a home inspection will vary by each property, too. No matter if you’re a buyer or seller, you want to know that your property is safe and passes with flying colors. So we’re going to prepare you for what happens during a home inspection.
The home inspector’s job is to make sure the house doesn’t have any hidden problems before buying or selling. The inspector will identify any issues with the house. Concerns can range from a leaky roof to faulty plumbing.
Before The Home Inspection
Before the inspection happens, the inspector may review the seller’s property disclosure statement. In Texas, it is the seller’s responsibility to list all issues that they’re aware of that could negatively impact the home. It covers many topics, including (but not limited to) mold, pest infestation, roof leaks, foundation damage, etc.
During The Home Inspection
During the inspection, the inspector has three tasks to complete.
- Identify problems with the house they can see
- Suggest solutions and fixes
- Prepare a written report with photos, observing any defects, usually within 24-48 hours of the inspection
The inspection report is used by the buyer to identify and negotiate repairs with the seller.
Inspectors can only inspect what is seen with the naked eye. Inspectors will review not everything, so if there’s termite damage in the walls, the inspector or anyone really wouldn’t know until the wall is taken down.
A home inspection won’t cover an evaluation of the following:
- Swimming pools
- Septic systems
- Structural engineering work
- The ground beneath a home
- Fireplace and chimneys
Remember too that the inspector gives an estimate for how long items will last and when to replace them. An inspector is not a psychic that knows the future and the longevity of home items.
If you need a home inspection or need help analyzing a home before an inspection, call us today to help you on your homeowner journey.