Perhaps you don’t know what a home inspection is; you may have read about it somewhere, or you may have had a home inspection done before. You’ve probably heard of someone getting an inspection or know solid facts about the benefits a home inspection brings to the home buying or the selling process. Whatever you may know about the home inspection, one thing is for sure – our home inspections in San Antonio, TX, while not mandated, are NECESSARY.
But first, let’s talk about what it is so later you’ll understand what it isn’t. Below are the items usually inspected during the home inspection.
- Heating system
- Central air conditioning system (temperature permitting)
- Interior plumbing and electrical systems
- Attic, including visible insulation
- Windows and doors
- Structural components
What It Is
A home inspection is a non-invasive examination of the physical conditions of a home. Typically, the inspection can last 2 to 5 hours, depending on the age, condition, and size of the home. Weather conditions can affect the inspection and in some parts of the region, the inspection may have to be rescheduled or parts of the inspection scheduled, ie, especially the roof.
A general home inspection typically covers the following components of the home:
- Foundation – Our licensed San Antonio, TX home inspector will examine and look for cracks or settling. Any damage to the foundation can impact the structural integrity of the home. The licensed home inspector examines this area to ensure that there are no leaks or water accumulation in or around the foundation/basement.
- Driveway and sidewalk – the inspection takes into account the exterior, including the driveway and sidewalk looking for settling, cracks, and proper grading for drainage.
- Roof – one of the most essential parts of a home is the roof. It is the first to make contact with weather conditions, so any damage to the roof can affect the whole house. The home inspector will examine the overall integrity of the roof to determine an ideal of the age, the condition of the roof, number of layers of shingles, and that there are no faulty flashing, broken shingles, or other issues that could undermine the roof.
- Exterior – the exterior includes the siding, doors, windows, decks, porches, and garage. The inspector is looking for evidence of wood rot, mold, structural and safety issues, as termite infestation, moisture issues, anything that can affect the exterior of the home.
- Attic – The attic will be examined to ensure proper insulation and ventilation as well as looking for moisture, pest, or animal intrusion.
- Interiors – this includes outlets, fixtures, walls, doors, and other components inside the home.
Basement – like the attic, the basement is one of the least maintained parts of the home. Water leaks, termite infestations, and mold growth can be pretty common in this area.
- Utilities – the inspector will examine the electrical systems to ensure that there are no faulty wiring and poorly installed electrical systems that can pose a health or safety risk.
- Plumbing – water is made available in almost every part of the home. The inspector checks the plumbing systems, including water pressure, hot and cold, sinks, bathroom tubs and showers, lines and pipes, and other areas that where water runs.
- Appliance – testing and confirming the working conditions of appliances.
HVAC or Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning – the HVAC is a required industry standard as it provides heating and cooling to the home or building. The HVAC is also one of the most significant parts of the inspection.
In general, our home inspection in San Antonio, TX, will give you information about the property so you can make your most informed real estate decision. The home inspector will provide a comprehensive, detailed, narrative report that highlights both positive and negative parts of the property. Choosing to have it performed, whether you are buying or are the one selling the home, is a good recommendation.
What A Home Inspection Isn’t
The home inspection industry has been running for more than decades already. However, there still exist myths that surround the idea of a home inspection. Often, those who wonder if it’s even worth it are the ones who would likely skip and regret down the road.
Here at Lone Star State Inspection Service, we have listed some of the common misconceptions about home inspection and why they are considered myths.
It’s The Same As A Municipal Building Inspection.
No, it is not. A municipal building inspection assesses the building’s compliance with standard codes, which is the minimum required standard. A home inspection goes beyond that. As mentioned above, all components of the property, including the exterior, are inspected. Besides, a home inspector focuses on a single home every day, unlike a municipal inspection, which could inspect up to 20 to 40 properties in a day, compromising quality control.
A Home Inspection Is A Pass/Fail Examination.
No, it’s never a pass/fail but it is a valuable inspection of the readily available components of the home. A home inspection will always reveal problems, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world either. Whatever the results are, Lone Star State Inspection Service will only help you move forward on what to do next.
Newly Constructed Homes Don’t Need A Home Inspection.
A big YES THEY DO! Most new construction issues, unless inspected and addressed, can go unnoticed for years and some problems may lead to serious issues, while others can end up being costly, or beyond repair.
A Home Inspection Is A Deal Killer.
Is a home inspection a deal killer? Of course not! A home inspection will always reveal problems whether it’s a new home or many years old. The good thing about choosing our home inspection services in San Antonio, and having the home inspected is that it provides you with the information on the home which can help you decide how you want to move forward with the sale.
For the seller, any issues found on the inspection can be fixed in advance without being rushed and paying too much. This way, buyers are more confident about the home, seeing the due diligence on the seller’s side. For buyers, knowledge is power, and knowing the home has been inspected is a positive point.
We all know that buying a home is not always a smooth journey, it’s not like purchasing a piece of clothing and then returning it just because it doesn’t fit. Most people who thought of skipping the home inspection either ended up regretting by losing thousands of dollars, time, and heartbreak down the road. If you skip the inspection, you could miss out on the most significant things you need to know about the home. Big decisions should not be decided on face value, all the more if it’s an expensive investment and a big opportunity like buying a home. The overall look of the home you plan to purchase definitely matters, but that’s cosmetic. However, once you get inside and realize you are stuck with unpleasant surprises, the beauty outside will no longer be so attractive.