Get a home inspection for all homes, even new ones. They give the buyers & sellers head’s up on the problem areas. In the long run, it could save the buyer thousands of dollars. The buyer can also use this report to negotiate on the purchase price.
Just like a builder or realtor, the buyer will want to select the inspector carefully. Ask your realtor or builder for a list. Call for references. As always, make sure the inspector is licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission.
What is a home inspection? It is a visual and testing of the major components of the home. This test should usually take 2-4 hours. The basic inspection includes: exterior, roof, crawl spaces, attic, foundations, structure, plumbing, electrical outlets and breakers, heating elements, air conditioning, chimneys, siding and trim, gutters, steps and walk ways, decks, retaining walls, driveways, grading, interior, well equipment, laundry, baths, kitchens, fans, insulation, etc. You can get additional things inspected; like swimming pools, hot tubs, yard sprinklers, water wells, septic systems, and termite/pest.
Upon completion of the inspection, you should get a detailed report. Some inspectors provide pictures to go with the report. Some buyers like to attend the inspection to see things pointed out as the inspector goes through. This is normally fine; just ask the inspector if you can attend.
An inspection can cost between $250 - $1000, averaging about $400, depending on the square footage, age of the house, type of foundation, location of the home, and additional items. But this money is well worth spending, if it can save you thousands of dollars on your purchase.
Some information for this article was taken from San Antonio News.
Always look at the Texas Residential Commission Construction site for registered builders (http://www.trcc.state.tx.us or Call 877-651-TRCC).
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