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San Antonio Home Inspector - FAQs About Home Inspections
San Antonio Home Inspector Here are some common questions posed to our representatives. If your question is not covered, please contact us and we'll get back to you with an answer.
  1. What is a Certified home inspection?
  2. What does a home inspection include?
  3. Why do I need a home inspection?
  4. Can't I do the inspection myself?
  5. Can a house fail a home inspection?
  6. How long will the inspection take?
  7. Do I have to be present for the inspection?
  8. What if the home inspection report reveals problems?
  9. What if I have questions after the inspection?
  10. Do you have written Standards of Practice?
  11. What kind of report will I get following the actual inspection process?
  12. Are pictures included in the report?
  13. How do I pay for your services?
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San Antonio Texas Home Inspector What is a Certified home inspection?
A Certified Inspection is a comprehensive, unbiased analysis of the condition of the home's major components, systems, and construction by a certified, experienced professional inspector. A written report detailing the inspector's findings is delivered at the site. We help our clients become familiar with their new home, educating them about the type of construction, maintenance, and operation of the various components.

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What does a home inspection include?
A Certified Inspection is a complete visual inspection of the home including:
  • Foundation, including Pier and Beam
  • Structural (Framing)
  • Roofing/vents
  • Exterior, walls, siding etc...
  • Porches and decks
  • Attic
  • Electrical Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Interior
  • Doors and windows
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
  • Ventilation
  • Insulation
  • Fireplaces
  • Appliances
  • Sprinkler Systems
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Why do I need a home inspection?
A Certified Inspection summarizes the condition of a property, points out the need for repairs and identifies areas that may need attention in the near future. Buyers and sellers depend on an accurate home inspection to provide them with the information they need to make informed decisions. We help to limit your risk, eliminate surprises, and provide you peace of mind.

A Certified Inspection points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After an inspection, both parties have a much clearer understanding of the value and needs of the property. For homeowners, a Certified Inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn about preventive measures, which might avoid costly future repairs. We can alert you to potential hazards. If you are planning to sell your home, an inspection prior to placing your home on the market provides a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector and gives you an opportunity to make repairs. We can facilitate the sales process by helping you remove obstacles and make your home more desirable to prospective buyers.

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Can't I do the inspection myself?
It has been said that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. This may also pertain to home inspections. A Certified Inspection home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property. Our inspectors are familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. They understand how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. They have both training and experience in recognizing potential problems and are uniquely suited to interpret what their findings reveal about the condition of the property. The results are documented in a report that will be easily understood by all concerned parties. Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.

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Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A Certified Inspection is an examination of the current condition of your home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes and standards. Our inspectors will not pass or fail a house. Our inspectors describe the physical condition of a property and indicate what may need repair or replacement.

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How long will the inspection take?
Most Certified Inspections take about two to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age, and condition of the home. Once our inspector knows specifics on your home, he can provide a more accurate time estimate.

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Do I have to be present for the inspection?
While it is not necessary for you to be present, we highly encourage you to join the inspector for at least a portion of the time. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with the inspector, you will find the written report easier to understand.

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What if the home inspection report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. His findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.

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What if I have questions after the inspection?
Please feel free to call us and discuss any questions you might have. At Inspector Clouseau Home Inspections we aim to provide you with excellent customer service, before, during and after the inspection.

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Do you have written Standards of Practice?
Inspector Clouseau Home Inspections conforms to the Standards of Practice in the Texas Administrative Code in the following sections:
  • 535.227 Standards of Practice: General Provisions
  • 535.228 Standards of Practice: Inspection Guidelines for Structural Systems
  • 535.229 Standards of Practice: Inspection Guidelines for Mechanical Systems: Appliances, Cooling Systems, Heating Systems, Ducts, Vents and Flues, and Plumbing Systems
  • 535.230 Standards of Practice: Inspection Guidelines for Electrical Systems
  • 535.231 Standards of Practice: Optional Systems
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What kind of report will I get following the actual inspection process?
A written report will be available within 24 hours on-line behind a password protected area on our web site. The format of the report has been approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission. (See a Sample Report.) A copy of the report can be mailed, if requested, and can also be left with a client at time of inspection with advanced notice.

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Are pictures included in the report?
Yes. You've heard the saying "a picture is worth a 1000 words"... Pictures are an intricate part of the inspection documentation. They are digital photographs taken during the inspection, downloaded to a laptop computer and available for display at the inspection location upon request. These digital pictures will be supplied to the client along with the written report. (See a Sample Report.)

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How do I pay for your services?
You may use a credit card or automatic transfer through PayPal at our "Pay My Bill On-line!" service or you may pay by check at the time of the inspection.

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