A Home Inspection is Well Worth the Cost
When buying a home, how do you know what you’re getting?
Most people probably only think of one or two questions to ask a home
inspector: "How much is your fee?" and "When can you be there?" But these only scratch the surface.
Here's a list of suggested questions you might ask:
- What types of licenses do you hold
- What kind of training do you have?
- Do you belong to a professional inspectors’ association?
- How long have you been licensed in Texas?
- Are you a full-time home inspector?
- How much do you charge?
- Do you also perform repairs? (If the answer is yes, that may indicate a conflict of interest)
- What will the inspection include? (Get specifics. It should include the electrical, heating, and central air-conditioning systems; interior plumbing; visible insulation; roof; walls; ceilings; floors; windows; doors; foundation; basement; and the visible structure of the house.)
- Do you inspect gas lines, swimming pools, spas, septic systems, and wells? (You can identify other atypical systems or items.) Do you charge extra for these?
- Do you charge extra based on the size of the home? Multiple AC units? Other items?
- How much would you charge if I ask for a reinspection after repairs are completed?
- Will you supply a written report? (The inspector should.)
- Can I attend the inspection? (The home inspection is an opportunity for you to learn about your new home and ask questions. If the inspector says no, find another inspector.)
- Do you go up on the roof to inspect it?
- How long will the inspection typically take? (Anything less than two hours is not long enough for a thorough inspection.)
- Can I call you with questions that come up later?
- Can you give me names and phone numbers of three people for whom you’ve inspected homes recently?