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Buyer’s Pre-purchase / Pre-existing Home Inspection

The most common of all the Austin inspections that we are asked to complete, a buyer’s Pre-purchase / Pre-existing home inspection is performed as part of a real estate purchase.  It is conducted adhering to standards published by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). The goal of the inspection is to provide a report of all observable issues found in a home. This inspection is intended to provide status information so that the buyer can make a more informed decision.

The second purpose of an inspection is education. Most everything that you purchase comes with an owner’s manual, except your house.  A Professional Austin Home Inspector with years of experience can inform and educate like no one else.  You will have a whole new level of understanding of your home by the time this inspection is completed.


New Construction / Final Walk-Through Inspection

Just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s perfect, I can assure you it’s not. Most if not all homes fit this category. As a buyer of a new home you should have it carefully inspected for defects. Shoddy workmanship is rampant as most builders cut construction costs to the bone in order to increase their profit and/or they are simple unable to find qualified tradesmen to perform the multiple task that goes into the construction of a new home. A New Construction Home Inspection/ Final Walk-through Inspection covers all the structural components & mechanical systems typically evaluated in a pre-purchase / pre-existing home inspection with the emphasis on known building standards.


End of Builder (1) Year Warranty Inspection

If you are living in a new construction home, you need to know how the home is performing. This is particularly critical when a builder’s first year of warranty coverage is about to expire.  You lose a lot of traction with a builder at the 12 month mark. We will inspect all of the items normally evaluated during a residential home inspection with emphasis on known building standards.  Even if you had the home inspected before you moved in, consider the first year the “break in period” and have it checked between the 10th and 12th month.


Seller’s/Pre-Listing Home Inspection

If you are thinking about listing your home, it is important to understand that, eventually a buyer’s inspector will be examining your house.  You can either let the buyer take control after their inspector provides his report or you can take control now.

  • It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a neutral third-party.
  • It helps you to price your home realistically.
  • It helps validate your mandatory disclosure, decreases your liability and can relieve a prospect’s concerns and suspicions.
  • It allows you to make repairs ahead of time so that items requiring attention won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks or deal breakers later, and you will have the time to get reasonably priced & competent contractors.
  • It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as a life / safety or active termite infestation.

 


Termite/Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) Inspection

What are wood destroying insects? In the Austin area there are various wood destroying insects, some examples include termites, carpenter ants, and wood boring beetles. In the Austin area, termites and carpenter ants are the wood destroying insects that cause most of the damage.

Wood destroying insects, such as termites and carpenter ants, can go undetected for years, silently and invisibly destroying the structural integrity of your home without your knowledge. Treatments and structural repairs can cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

That’s why you should consider having a termite/wood destroying insect (WDI) inspection when buying or selling a home.

 

These are common areas covered during a home inspection, as well as, common issues I find in homes.

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Inspections Cover

  • foundation
  • grading and drainage
  • guttering
  • roof covering materials and structures
  • attics
  • walls
  • ceilings
  • floors
  • doors
  • windows
  • stairways
  • railings
  • chimneys
  • fireplaces
  • porches
  • balconies
  • patios
  • decks
  • carports
  • garages
  • driveways
  • walkways
  • electrical systems panels
  • outlets
  • fixtures
  • heating, cooling, and ventilation systems
  • plumbing systems
  • plumbing fixtures
  • water heaters
  • gas lines
  • dishwashers
  • disposers
  • range hoods
  • ranges
  • ovens & cook-tops
  • microwave ovens
  • trash compactors
  • bath exhaust fans & heaters
  • central vacuum systems
  • garage door operators
  • door bells
  • dryer vents
  • lawn irrigation and/or sprinkler systems
  • swimming pools, spas & outdoor kitchens