Why is Getting a Home Inspection Important

construction adviceGetting a home inspection is an absolute must before purchasing a new home.  It is usually required by the lending company.  A home inspector will spend 2-4 hours in the home and inspect everything from: the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.  Here in San Antonio, Texas, home inspectors charge between $300-400 for their inspection, but can vary depending on where you live in the country.  When the home inspector finishes his inspection and generates his home inspection report, this can be a valuable negotiating tool when making your offer to the seller.  If the home required significant cosmetic repairs these are typically an easy fix (light switches or outlets not working, water heater not heating to correct temperature, shingle repair, rotted fascia, etc.)  If the home requires major structural or foundation repair, the real question is going to be whether or not it will be worth purchasing the home without a significant discount on the purchase price.  Contact licensed, local and reputable contractors in your area and get at least 3 competitive bids for the items that need to repaired or fixed.  General Contractors or Home Remodeling Contractors can usually do everything on the home repair list ie: foundation leveling, drywall repair, roof repair/replacement, plumbing, electrical, hvac, etc.   Make sure that the proper building permits are pulled for the type of construction work being done to the home.  You can certainly contact all these different trades and coordinate them yourself, but unless you have experience in the construction business, managing these crews can prove to be a challenge.  If you already a homeowner and planning on selling your home, home inspection can let you know ahead of time what will need to be fixed in order to get top dollar on your asking price.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. This is usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.  The home inspector prepares a written report, often using home inspection software, and delivers it to a client, typically the home buyer. The client then uses this inspection report to make the best decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.


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