What is a “Home Inspection?”
A home inspection is a comprehensive, real time analysis of the current conditions of a home.
How long does it take to do a home inspection?
The average home inspection takes approximately 3 hours. This does vary relating to the size and age of the home.
Why do I need a home inspection?
You need a home inspection to identify hidden defects, potential hazards, and general maintenance requirements.
Can I do it myself?
It is not recommended to perform a home inspection for yourself, a Licensed Home Inspector with the state of Texas has an educated knowledgeable eye, which will identify hidden defects, potential hazards, and general maintenance requirements.
When do I call in the home inspector?
You generally call to schedule inspections following the acceptance of your contract.
Can a house fail inspection?
This is not a pass or fail evaluation; most defects can be remediated with proper negotiations.
What if the report reveals problems?
If the report reveals problems, we would recommend further evaluation by a licensed contractor for repairs. A realtor then would negotiate with the seller to reach a resolution.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
A clean inspection report is a good inspection. The inspection process is designed to educate the client on proper maintenance and characteristics of the home being purchased.
Do I have to attend the inspection?
It is always recommended that the buyer attend the inspection. This will enable you to clearly understand what is in the written report, and to answer any questions as we go through the house together. We do understand that there are times that clients cannot attend, but we do make sure our inspector is available to go over the report with the client.
Do new homes need an inspection?
Absolutely! New homes should be inspected. There are often defects identified due to incomplete installation. A third-party review of a new home is invaluable to the buyer and highly recommended.
How do I pay for my inspection?
You can pay for your inspection with cash, check, or all major credit cards at the time of the inspection or we can email and invoice for you to pay online with Square.
What if I have questions after the inspection takes place?
The inspector is always accessible through phone or email for any questions you may have regarding the inspection.
What if I need the inspector to come back and inspect repairs that have been made?
A re-inspection of any repairs made to the property is available for an additional charge.
Does a home inspection include an appraisal?
A home inspection does not include an appraisal – that is performed by a licensed appraiser.
Does a home inspection include checking for termites?
A termite inspection is an added service for an additional charge. We will coordinate this with one of our vendors who are experts the field, to do this portion of the inspection for you during the home inspection.
Does a home inspection include checking the septic system?
Septic systems are an added service for an addition charge. We do offer this service and are certified to inspect the septic system by NAWT.
Do home inspections expire?
Home inspections don’t expire but conditions in the home change daily. An inspection is recommended with every transaction. We even recommend a building inspection following a prior inspection due to the deal falling through.
Why should I choose The Duggan Team at Pillar To Post?
The Duggan Team at Pillar To Post is a team-based on extensive, hands-on, practical experience. We believe that a good inspector has spent time in the field, learning all aspects of building construction. What makes this team unique is that experience is shared with every one of our clients during the inspection process. Practical experience is one of the most important characteristics of a good home inspector.