How do I find out the condition of a home?

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We recommend you hire a licensed professional home inspector to inspect the home. Home Sellers can find defects and malfunctions in the Sellers Disclosure. This is helpful information but we do not rely on the home Seller to analyze the home condition.

A professional home inspection is a visual inspection of the condition of a home. Inspectors look for items not functioning within the guideline of the “Standards of Practice” established by the Texas Real Estate Commission. Inspectors report findings and can recommend further evaluation by a specific trade ( a structural engineering report). Keep in mind they cannot see through walls, ceilings, and floors. It is a visual inspection and testing is not done.  Hire trade professionals to test roofs, electrical, foundation, plumbing, appliances, windows, and other systems.

The home inspection report reveals the condition of  a home’s components including:

Inspection of Structural Systems
House Foundation
Grading and Drainage
Roof Covering
Roof Structure & Attic insulation
Ceilings and Floors
Porches, Decks, and Carports

Inspection of Electrical Systems
Service Entrance and Panels
Branch Circuits-Connected Devices and Fixtures
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Heating Equipment
Cooling Equipment
Ducts and Vents

Inspection of Plumbing System
Water Supply System & Fixtures
Drains, Wastes, Vents
Water Heating Equipment
Hydro-Therapy Equipment

Inspection of Appliances
Food Waste Disposal
Range Hood
Microwave Cooking Equipment
Trash Compactor
Bathroom Exhaust Fans and/or Heaters
Whole House Vacuum Systems
Garage Door Operators
Door Bell & Chime
Dryer Vents
Other Built-In Appliances

Inspection of Optional Systems
Lawn Sprinkler
Swimming Pools & Equipment
Outdoor Cooking Equipment
Gas Lines
Water Wells
Septic Systems
Fire Protection Equipment

A home inspection is not a warranty and is not a code inspection. A home inspector will not “pass or fail” a house. Armed with the information provided by the inspector you can decide to end the contract and receive the return of your earnest money or negotiate repairs and compensation.

We ask you to take part in the home inspection and review the report with the inspector at the end of the physical inspection. He will share with you his opinion about the details of the report and he will not put his opinion in the report. 

Notice: This website contains general information about legal and financial matters. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to legal or financial advice from your attorney, accountant or other professional services provider. If you have any specific questions about any legal and financial matter you should consult your attorney, accountant or other professional services provider.