What to Expect From a Home Inspection in Dallas – Fort Worth
The TEC team is always receiving questions from first time home buyers who aren’t sure what to expect from a professional home inspection. Buying your first home can be stressful! Don’t worry, we are here to help.
Frequently asked questions and answers about getting a Home Inspection:
Should I get a home inspection before I list my house?
Generally, home inspections are scheduled (at the expense of the buyer) before closing on the sale of a property. However, some sellers choose to do a “pre-listing inspection” prior to putting their home on the market. By working proactively to identify defects, the seller has sufficient time to schedule repairs and can control costs easily.
Is getting a home inspection required by the bank?
Not necessarily, but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. More than 95% of buyers opt for a professional home inspection. A good home inspector can help identify major deficiencies, helping you make an informed decision about your investment.
What does getting a Home Inspection involve?
A typical home inspection takes anywhere from two to four hours, depending on the size and age of the home.
Here is a short checklist of items that you can expect your home inspector to examine:
Exterior of the home:
• Brick and mortar
• Siding, flashings, and trim
• The roof, eaves, and fascias
• Exterior doors
• Landscaping, grading, drainage and retaining walls
• Decks, patios, balconies, and any steps, stoops porches or railing
• Garages and carports
• Walkways, patios, and driveways
Interior of the home:
• Doors and windows
• Ceilings, floors, and walls
• Any steps, stairways or railings within the home
• Countertops and cabinetry
• Garage doors
• Installed appliances
• Fireplaces, vent systems, exhaust systems, chimneys and flues
• Smoke detectors
• Water pressure
• Attic insulation and vapor retarders
• Electrical wiring, switches, and fixtures
• Heating and cooling equipment, access panels and thermostats
Some home inspectors will also include floor level surveying to identify if there are any foundation concerns with the home. Other inspections that you might want to consider are irrigation inspections, termite inspections, and pool/spa inspections. Check with your inspector to see if their company offers these additional services.
Remember that a good home inspector should always be objective! They should take photos of defects and take the time to explain their findings to you. We always recommend that homeowners are present for the inspection to ask questions and make observations.
It is TEC’s mission to help homeowners make informed decisions about their biggest investment, their home. Call today to schedule your Professional Home Inspection with Thomas Engineering Consultants. (817) 576-1973
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