Select an inspector with training and qualifications.
All Home Inspectors in Texas must be licensed by the State. Ask the Inspector if he or she is licensed. Try to find a Licensed Inspector who is a member of a professional society, for example TAREI, the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors.
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The Association of Realtors says, “Buying a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. In doing so, you should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you purchase.”
At Eagle Home Inspections, we want to help you protect your single largest investment, your home. Our service area covers the towns of Victoria, Port Lavaca, Port O'Connor, Seadrift, Palacios, Edna, Rockport, Bay City, El Campo and Port Alto, Texas.
Home inspections and home inspectors are regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). TREC defines the “Standards Of Practice” (SOP), which is basically a home inspection checklist, as well as the Texas Occupation Rules governing Inspectors.
All inspectors are guided by the SOP and the TREC rules during their inspection.
A real estate inspection is the same as a home inspection, just different names for the same thing. Most real estate agents encourage their clients to seek a thorough real estate inspection. They're interested in client satisfaction. However, in a few situations, a desire to move the property as soon as possible may be formost in the real estate agent's mind. That's why you may get as good, or better, referrals from friends or co-workers who have gone through the home purchase process which includes a professional home inspection.
Don't select just on price.
The fee for a home inspection depends on the geographic area as well as the size and age of the house. A quality home inspection usually takes a minimum of two hours up to four or more hours and prices average around $300, depending on the size of the home and other factors. Concrete slab foundation homes will cost less and homes with pier and beam foundations will cost a little more. Also older homes will cost a little more. The old saying "you get what you pay for" is very true in the real estate business. The cheapest inspection usually is not the best inspection.
Don't confuse an appraisal with an inspection.
An appraisal is requested by the buyer’s lender and is designed to determine the market value of the property at that point in time. It is not a replacement for a home inspection, which provides an in-depth look at such basic home systems as plumbing, heating, air conditioning and roofing.
Understand the limits of a home inspection.
The most thorough home inspector can still miss some items. Some problems are slow to develop, while others are hidden from view. That's why it's best to choose a home inspector who is a licensed inspector, has several years of experience and is willing to answer all your questions. Each licensed home inspector in Texas has many hours of training which is mandated by the State of Texas.