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5 Things to Ask About During a Home Inspection


Are you feeling uncertain about what to expect during your upcoming home inspection? Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer embarking on this exciting journey or a seasoned homeowner seeking a new property, understanding the intricacies of a home inspection is important.


At Texas Professional Inspections, we’re dedicated to equipping you with the knowledge you need to make a well-informed decision about your current or future home. Let’s explore five inquiries to make during a home inspection, ensuring a seamless and confident homebuying 

experience.


  1. What is the most urgent and/or the most expensive issue? Any potential home will have a few minor issues that may need addressing in the future. Even newer homes may require tweaks or adjustments. After our walkthrough is completed, you should inquire about the most urgent repairs that need attention, potentially before finalizing the deal or as soon as the home is vacant, depending on the negotiation. Additionally, you may want to know about the most expensive issues you might encounter in the next few years of living in the home, allowing you to plan accordingly or negotiate differently.

  2. Are there any age-related issues?

Older homes may have materials or products that require replacement or mitigation. Asbestos, lead paint, certain types of wiring or plumbing, and other materials might be present in homes built some time ago. These issues can lead to health problems or compromise the overall integrity of the property. It’s essential to address these concerns before introducing potential risks to your family and plan for replacement or abatement accordingly.


3. How are the essentials of the home?

You will want to gather more information about the HVAC system, roof, siding, foundation, and structural integrity of the home. While cosmetic updates like paint and fixtures are relatively easy to fix, these essential components can be extremely costly to repair and disrupt your family’s life for an extended period if not properly addressed.


4. What about the outside?

A home inspection with Texas Professional Inspections will also include an assessment of the outside of your property. Key elements we evaluate are grading and drainage to ensure water is flowing away from your home, preventing potential flooding or rising water issues. We also provide a quick overview of any tree limbs or roots that may impact the structure of your home.


5. Does everything work?

Our inspection covers every aspect, quite literally. We test every light, plug, and included appliance to ensure there are no surprises after you move in. Reliable functioning of your appliances and outlets is crucial when settling into your new home. Moreover, if a few outlets or lights aren’t working, it might indicate larger electrical issues that need to be investigated.


At Texas Professional Inspections, we recognize that each client’s concerns are shaped by their unique past experiences. If you’ve previously dealt with foundation issues, we understand that you may be particularly interested in hearing the inspector’s opinion on the current foundation performance, allowing you to focus on other aspects of the home evaluation.


Similarly, if you’ve experienced a house fire caused by electrical problems, we know that you might prioritize learning about the electrical system’s condition. Our team of experts is dedicated to addressing your specific worries and providing you with a comprehensive report. We strive to equip you with all the information you need to make the best decision for your future property.


With our guidance, you can navigate the next steps of the purchasing process with confidence, ensuring your new home meets all your expectations and brings you peace of mind. To learn more and schedule an inspection, contact us today. Let’s work together to ensure a thorough and tailored inspection that suits your needs perfectly.

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