Please take advantage of referrals. Talk to friends or co-workers who have gone through the real estate inspection process. If they had a good experience then you may want to use the same inspector.
Don't select just on price. The fee for a home inspection depends on many factors and usually starts at $200.00 and increases depending on the size of the house. Remember the tried and true adage, “You get what you pay for”. Do not go with the cheapest Home Inspector based solely on price. It is best to go with the inspector who will do the best job for you.
Is an appraisal the same as an inspection?
No, an appraisal is requested by the buyer’s lender and is designed to determine the market value of the property. 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.
What will be inspected during the inspection?
A complete inspection will cover the house from top to bottom! A list of the items that will be inspected follows:
Grading & Drainage
Roof Covering & Structure
Walls - Interior & Exterior
Ceilings & Floors
Doors - Interior & Exterior
Windows & Screens
Fireplace & Chimney
Porches, Decks & Carports
Electrical System & Lighting
Heating & Cooling System/s
- Food Disposer
- Range Hood
- Bathroom Fans
- Garage Door & Opener
How long does an inspection take?
You can generally expect your inspection to take between 2 and 4 hours, and on some occasions longer. The time will vary depending on the size and condition of the house as well as the optional items that need to be inspected.
When is payment due?
Payment is due immediately following the completion of the home inspection. Cash and checks are very acceptable.
When will I receive my report?
Your report will usually be delivered to you within 48 hours of the completion of the inspection. We do not provide on-site reports because we feel that we can provide you with a better quality product by taking the report to the office and giving our full attention to the preparation of your inspection and report. Normally we will email the inspection report to you, however, we can fax the report to you or mail the report to you if you wish. And yes, we do include digital pictures in the report for enhanced clarity and understanding.
Should I attend the inspection?
Yes, if you can be at the inspection, that is the best approach. It is your inspection and you should learn all you can about the house before you buy. Ask questions, and look around. You should take advantage of the time that the Inspector has scheduled with the realtor and/or owner in order to get a good thorough look at the home. We welcome our clients to be present during the inspection.
- Water Supply & Fixtures
- Drains & Vents
- Water Heater
- Hydro-Therapy Equipment
Optional Systems as agreed
- Lawn Sprinklers
- Swimming Pools
- Storage Buildings
- Outdoor Cooking
- Decks & Docks
- Water well flow & coliform testing
- Homes more than 25 years old
- Homes more than 50 years old
- Pier and beam foundation
- Additional items as requested
Let us put an eagle eye on your property!
How do I select a Home Inspector?
Select an inspector with training and experience. Ask the inspector if he or she is licensed in the state of Texas. Try to find a licensed inspector who is a member of a professional society like TAREI or ASHI; they provide continuing education for their members and keep the Home Inspector up to date on the latest knowledge and techniques for home inspections.
Our service area covers the towns of Victoria, Port Lavaca, Port O'Connor, Seadrift, Palacios, Port Alto, Bay City, El Campo, Rockport and Edna, Texas.