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FAQ

Why do I need home inspection?

For many people, purchasing or selling a home will be the biggest financial decision they will ever make. Many are unfamiliar with the buying and selling process which can be very stressful to say the least. Most home buyers concentrate on the cosmetic condition of home and often overlook any underlying problems or deficiencies which are not always readily apparent. Our role is to give your home a detailed, objective inspection in order to turn up and discover any latent defects that are not always apparent to the untrained eye.

How long does the home inspection take?

Homesmith Home Inspectors follow the same procedure for every home inspection no matter how large or small. Following the same procedure helps us avoid missing any deficiencies or items in need of repair or replacement. This procedure usually takes anywhere between 2 ½ – 4 hours to complete. Variables such as home size, condition and age may cause these time frames to vary. Every home is different so it is sometimes difficult to tell how long a home inspection can take until we are actually on-site.

Should I be present during the home inspection?

We welcome the Client attend the inspection at any time. However, it is preferably toward the end of the inspection. Our inspection process is very detailed so it is important that the Home Inspectors are not distracted. At the same time it is important that our Clients are kept fully informed and involved in the process and given the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Our inspectors will gladly spend the time necessary to answer any and all questions you may have regarding the inspection process and any findings he may have. You will receive a written, detailed home inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection and in most cases later the same day. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have after you have received the report.

How many home inspections do you perform per day?

No Homesmith Home Inspector performs more than two inspections per day. The home inspection process is very detailed. We feel it is too easy to miss important items if the home inspection process is rushed or if the Home Inspector does not feel he or she has the adequate time to perform a thorough home inspection.

We take home inspection process very seriously.

We feel very strongly that we have a commitment to perform a good job for our Clients when they are making a very big financial decision. Many Home Inspection companies will do 3 or more home inspections per inspector per day. Quite simply, we do not feel this is providing good service to their Clients.

Are all home inspection companies required to use the same report form?

Yes, in the State of Texas, all Home Inspectors must be licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). According to the Texas administrative code all Home Inspectors must use form REI 7 – 3 (the most current form). The purpose of this is to make home inspection reports easier to understand and for continuity and conformance purposes.

I am building a new home. Why should I have it inspected?

Many new home builders discourage new home owners from getting inspections (some even try and get you to sign a waiver agreeing not to). There is a reason for this. Many construction deficiencies and issues are more evident prior to the foundation pour and/or in the framing stage prior to the installation of gypsum board and exterior cladding and when the electrical and plumbing rough in work is still visible. It is much easier to address and remedy deficiencies at this relatively early stage of construction than after it has been concealed during a later stage in the construction process.

Are you fully insured and do you have the proper kinds of insurance?

We are fully insured in accordance with Texas Real Estate Commission requirements.

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