We strongly recommend an inspection for every transaction.
The home inspection checks the condition of the major systems of the house including the structure's exterior, windows, foundation, roof, garage, electrical, plumbing, heating/air conditioner, attic and basement or crawlspace. A pest or dry rot inspection is usually available at an additional charge. We highly recommend a termite inspection due to the moist conditions of our native soils. If you're considering buying an older home in one of Houston's closer in neighborhoods you should definitely get a structural inspection. Only those inspectors with a P.E. (Professional Engineer) designation should be considered.
If any major problems with the structure or systems of the house are uncovered, you will then have the right to void the sales agreement or to renegotiate the terms of the purchase as long as you're still within the option period. If necessary, an extension can usually be obtained but must be done so in writing and prior to the expiration of the option period
It is highly recommend that the buyer attend the home inspection. It usually lasts between 2 and 3 hours. This will allow you to ask questions about repairs and maintenance of the home. Usually within 48 hours you will receive a written report. Certain inspectors now send out a written report via e-mail or by a password protected link on their web-site and those who use this technology normally receive their written report the same day or within 24 hours.
A home inspection(s) usually costs between $200 and $600 and is the best money you will ever spend.
Rick has the experience with the inspection community to recommend a list of accredited inspectors. Rick also believes in attending all inspections to help his clients ask the right questions. Rick also recommends that his buyer clients check with family members and immediate friends and acquaintances for inspector referrals.