Inspections- What is the expectation?

As a buyer a home inspection is one of the most important steps to the buying process. It allows the buyer to know exactly what they are buying and if issues should arise, gives the buyer a opportunity to ask for repairs or other remedies to solve any issues. Minimally if issues do need attention and the seller will not remedy the problems. The buyer can make an educated decision whether to back out of the deal or repair the issues themselves. Now you might be asking yourself, “so where do I find a home inspector I can trust”? You real estate agent can typically give you 2 or 3 names of reliable inspectors. Typically the buyer will call, ask questions and then decide which one to use. With most good inspectors, the expectation will be that the buyer would be there for some or the whole process. Most buyers like to be there so they can get any answers questioned and see anything serious that stands out. With that said, usualy the seller is not there so the inspector and buyer are free to discuss anything that should arise. Below is a video over the process but keep in mind it is general information. This video is from a inspector up north but the process is still the same. Also in the North Texas area inspections can range from 250.00 to 450.00 depending on the size of the home and features such as sprinkler systems or pools.

Depending on what financing the buyer is using, the lender might also ask for a copy of the inspection so they are aware of the condition before passing through final underwriting. Also if the buyer is asking for repairs from the sellers, it is customary for the seller to get a copy to make sure everyone is on the same page on the repair expectation.

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