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  • I'm a first time home buyer. How does this work?
    Here is a general outline of how the home inspection process works: - Once you've entered into a contract to purchase a home, you will typically have an Option Period in which you can have the home inspected. The earlier you can secure an inspection within this option period, the better. This can be helpful if subsequent inspections are needed. For example, the inspection may reveal that the air conditioner is not performing as intended. An HVAC contractor may need to be enlisted to determine the cause and cost to repair or replace the system. - When the inspection is booked, you and your agent will receive confirmation emails, which will outline the details of the inspection and contain a link to our pre-inspection agreement. This agreement should be signed by the buyer prior to the inspection. - I will perform the inspection at the agreed-upon time. Afterwards, we can have a conversation (in person or over the phone) to discuss any pressing concerns. - Later that day I will send an email with a link for you to submit payment and access the report. - Based on the findings in the report, you and your agent can determine how to proceed.
  • When are you available?
    I typically schedule inspections to start at 9:00AM or 1:00PM, Monday through Friday. You can check specific availability in the Online Scheduling tool. You can also call or text me at (512) 633-9488 to discuss any special requests.
  • What is included in the General Inspection?
    The short answer is: Structural Systems, Electrical Systems, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems, Plumbing Systems and installed Appliances. All inspectors licensed in the State of Texas must follow the Texas Real Estate Commission's Standards of Practice and use the current Property Inspection Report Form. This sample inspection report can give you an idea what to expect.
  • Do I need a WDI (termite) inspection?
    If you're using a VA (Veterans Affairs) loan, you will most likely need a WDI report. Other loans may also have this requirement. Ask your lender if a WDI is required for your loan. Beyond that, it really depends on the condition of the home and your personal preference. The purpose of the WDI is not only to look for signs of current or previous wood-destroying insect activity, but also to identify conditions that are conducive for such activity. You can view a sample WDI here.
  • How long does the inspection take?
    The average home takes about 2 hours to inspect. Larger and/or older homes may take more time. A small condominium may take less. I can provide a more accurate estimate once I've had an opportunity to preview the details about the specific home.
  • Do I need to be present for the inspection?
    Ideally, buyers and/or agents would arrive at the end of the inspection to have a candid conversation about any pressing concerns. When meeting in person isn't feasible, this conversation can take place over the phone or via a FaceTime/Zoom call.
  • Can I watch you?
    Performing a home inspection requires focus and careful observation. Time is spent making notes, taking pictures and temperature readings, etc. Distractions can cause deficiencies to be overlooked. For these reasons, I prefer to perform the inspection by myself. I'm happy to spend as much time as needed discussing the condition of the home and answering any questions once the inspection is complete.
  • When will I receive the inspection report?
    All reports are made available the day of the inspection. Clients and agents will be able to access the report once the pre-inspection agreement has been signed and payment has been submitted.
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    Payment can be made by check, cash, credit/debit card, PayPal and Venmo. Payment is due on the day of the inspection.
  • Do you provide pre-listing inspections?
    Yes! A pre-listing inspection is performed on behalf of the seller. This is an opportunity to identify any issues with the home so that they can be addressed or disclosed before the home is listed for sale. The process and pricing for a pre-listing inspection is the same as an inspection performed on behalf of the buyer.
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