Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspections
As a buyer or seller, you need assurance that the property your purchasing or selling is a worthy investment and can be functional in the long run. For that reason, a home inspection is needed.
However, while trying to find out more information, you may have a ton of questions about home inspection but find answers challenging to come by. To ensure you have all your doubts cleared and are armed with the most accurate information, Randy Farrar Inspection Services, LLC has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about home inspections.
1. What does a home inspection cover?
A home inspection covers all of the systems of the house. This includes the foundation, grade and drainage, roof covering, roof structure and attic, walls (interior and exterior), ceilings and floors, doors (interior and exterior), stairways (interior and exterior), fireplaces and chimneys, porches, balconies, decks and carports, electric panels and branch circuits, heating and A/C systems, plumbing, water heating equipment, appliances, garage door operators and optional systems such as sprinkler systems, pools and hot tubs, outbuildings, water wells, and septic systems.
2. What standards are used for the inspection?
The Standards of Practice were written by the Inspector Committee, which is under the Texas Real Estate Commission and addresses each and every one of the items listed above. These standards can be found on the internet and are often referred to as the SOP. These standards dictate the minimum inspection that an inspector must follow. Systems that do not meet these standards are given a Deficient rating. It should be noted that the standards clearly show that inspectors do not do cosmetic inspections.
3. Are the sellers required to fix all of the deficient items?
No, the repairs/replacements are subject to negotiation between the buyer and seller.
4. How can I be assured that the deficiencies were repaired properly?
One way would be to rehire the inspector to inspect the repairs, or you could ask for paid receipts from qualified contractors that did the repairs. Once the inspection is done, the seller can no longer fix items on their own but instead, hire a qualified contractor to complete the work.
5. How long does it usually take to get the written report?
The report is usually emailed the evening of the inspection or at the latest the next morning. The report will be produced on the form required by the Texas Real Estate Commission and will contain digital photos to help understand and visualize the issues.
6. To whom do you send the written report?
We are required to only send the report to the one that hired and paid us to do the inspection. However, with your permission, we can send it to other persons, such as your realtor, which is typically done.
7. Can I send a copy of the report to the seller?
Yes, the report belongs to you, and you can send it to anyone you like.
If you have any more questions about home inspections, get in touch with the professionals at Randy Farrar Inspection Services, LLC. Our licensed home/property inspectors in Corpus Christi, Texas, provide quality commercial and residential inspections to clients in Portland, Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, Rockport, Lamar, Mathis, Sinton, Odem, Orange Grove, Alice, and Kingsville, Texas.