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 Most FAQ home inspectors are asked

Never underestimate the negotiating power of a home inspection report to reduce the cost of the home or have expensive defective items replaced or repaired.

What are home buyers most FAQ about home inspections?


The top question is always, how much does the home inspection cost?
I get it. it’s essential to know how much the home inspection service will cost you. As far as importance, it falls way down the totem pole as a top priority for hiring a home inspector. Home inspectors have a different skill level that will show up in the quality of the Report. Some inspectors may have just started getting there feet wet. Some may have many years of experience providing you with vast knowledge and produce a outstanding service and impressive Report. You may even find an inspector that includes additional service that are included along with years of experience. That’s what I offer years of experience along with extra services included, and you would think I would be the most expensive. Well, that’s just not true; my pricing is very reasonable and provides an excellent benefit for any home buyer in need of my services.
What happens if the home fails the inspection?
A misconception by home buyers. A home inspection doesn’t fail a home or pass a home. It gives information to a home buyer of the condition of the property so the buyer can make the smartest buying decision. I provide and arm you with the information so you can determine if the home is a good deal. After the inspection, you may find that you may need to negotiate due to unknown issues that require repair or replacement. When your home inspector just saves you a lot of money, and you know the real value of the home inspection. What’s inspected during a home inspection well, I’ve covered this above under what’s inspected. Basically, the structural and mechanical parts of the home are inspected.
Does the home inspector take apart mechanical equipment?
No besides removing covers on electrical panels, heating units, water heaters, Plumbing access panels, Hydro-massage therapy tubs, etc. The inspector only evaluates the home visually and is not allowed to do any type of destructive inspection. The inspector may have advanced inspection tools to help perform his or her job at a higher level but won’t be taking apart your HVAC systems. Your inspector has regulations that must be followed set in place by the Texas Real Estate Commission.
What's inspected?
Structural Mechanical
Do you perform termite inspections for free?
No, I have a third party performed the termite inspection. That way, I can focus my investigation on the home. I believe you will find that my inspection cost to be less expensive than those providing free termite inspections. The question becomes are they already priced into the competitions price. By the time you add up everything, you will find that with the services I provide, you end up saving money.
Do you inspect pools?
No, once again, I have a third party do the pool inspection, usually, Texas sun pools when the home is in there service area. They do an outstanding pool inspection. They also provide cost estimates for defective items they find, which is very handy.
Can I attend the home inspection?
Heck yeah! I encourage you to attend your home inspection. If I were a home buyer, I would be concerned if the home inspector wouldn’t allow me to be present at the inspection. This is your chance to learn about the home your buying first hand. If you follow me, I will point out the issues uncovered as I go through the house.

Can I attend the home inspection?
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Heck yeah! I encourage you to attend your home inspection. If I were a home buyer, I would be concerned if the home inspector wouldn’t allow me to be present at the inspection. This is your chance to learn about the home your buying first hand. If you follow me, I will point out the issues uncovered as I go through the house.

Can I attend the home inspection?
Heck yeah! I encourage you to attend your home inspection. If I were a home buyer, I would be concerned if the home inspector wouldn’t allow me to be present at the inspection. This is your chance to learn about the home your buying first hand. If you follow me, I will point out the issues uncovered as I go through the house.
Why don't you produce a report on-site?
I focus all my attention on the home at the inspection. After that, I write any custom comments that are needed providing each home with a custom report. No home is the same, and specific commits are necessary to enhance any home inspection report. All the work is in the customized home commits, producing a unique, informative report for each home inspection.
Do you inspect sprinkler systems and how much do you charge?
Yes, I do inspect the sprinkler system. I test the system as long as the sprinkler shut-off valve is on. If not, then the sprinklers are not Checked, I will not operate any shut off valves due to the risk of leaking after operating. The cost is included in your general home inspection, so theirs no additional fee’s involved.
Do you walk the roof?
Yes, when it can safely be walked. I’m a big believer in walking the roof, but there are times when it’s not safe to do so. If,in the home inspector's opinion, the roof is too steep. Then it's evaluated from the ground or ladder. I also only walk a two-story roof when it can be accessed from one story area. Coming soon, I will be optimizing the use of a drone when it is within the FAA guidelines to do so.
Does a zip level help when evaluating the foundation?
Yes, any extra information on the foundation is a help. The added measurements help me evaluate my opinion on the homes that appear to be borderline. The service is performed at the end of the inspection. At that point, I have already pretty much determined my opinion about how the foundation is functioning. It’s like an added layer to back up my opinion.
Should I forfeit the home inspection if the sale is as is?
No, the inspection could uncover a costly item that, if you knew about, you would not have purchased the house. Don’t be stuck with a home with repairs that you were unaware of costing you thousands of dollars. It’s an excellent idea always to have an inspection done on a property your purchasing no matter the circumstances. Please don’t be one of those horror stories we hear about wishing you had a home inspection performed.
Who pays for the home inspection?
The home buyer pays unless there has been something special worked out. I have any received payments from home buyers. It’s also up to the buyer to schedule the inspection service.

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How long does a home inspection take?
Usually figure about an 1hr per 1,000 sqft. This number is not set in stone; many factors can either cause the time to go over or under the expected time. Like new construction home my go quicker and a home built in the 1970's will usually take longer. Another big factor that effects the time it takes to inspect a home is condition of the house.
When should the home inspection be scheduled?
When there is an executed contract on the home by the buyer, it’s a good idea if you know you're getting ready to submit an offer to start to evaluate inspectors so you can determine whom you're going to hire. Good home inspectors are busy most of the year, so getting on their schedule in advance is a must since the option period is short. You never know what may turn up in the home inspection Report, so having time to have it investigated by other professionals and obtain estimates will give you real negotiating value.
Why are home inspections so expensive?
Not true if you take into account how much money a home inspection can save you. If a defect is discovered at just one major, area it can save the home buyer money justifying the price of the home inspection. Most home inspections easily pay the amount off. They are making a home inspection a bargain.
Does a home inspection include mold testing?
No, Unless the inspector includes mold testing as part of there inspection services. If your home inspector includes this as their home inspection services, then they need to be certified and licensed to test for mold. A home inspector may recommend testing if a mold like stains are present, mold smells, or conditions conducive for mold growth. I have a third party mold inspector to perform a mold inspection if the client request.
Should I have a newly constructed home inspected?
Yes, Newly constructed homes will probably have fewer defects, but it is not uncommon to find many issues at a home that was just built. In some instances, major flaws will be uncovered and safety issues. I recommend a home inspection on any type of house you buy.
How long have you been inspecting homes?

I have been a licensed home inspector in Texas since 2009 inspection homes for the last ten years as a full-time home inspector. My licensed # is 10393 Professional home inspector John Junior Fish.

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