Frequently Asked Questions
Why get a home inspection?
Buying or selling a home is one of the most important transactions you will make. A professional El Paso home inspection can help you optimize your investment. At Integrity Property Inspections we believe in the importance of a fair, accurate, and unbiased inspection, to help you understand the condition of the home you are buying or selling.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. The client then uses the knowledge gained from the inspection report to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
Why is a home inspection important?
Home Buyers: Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. To obtain the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always get an impartial third-party opinion from an expert in the field of home inspection.Home Sellers: Why wait for a buyer’s home inspection to uncover hidden problems after you have already accepted an offer? This could cost you thousands in a lower negotiated selling price. More often sellers are choosing to have a thorough home inspection when listing their home to help identify critical areas of concern up front. This will help you to decide whether to perform repairs or disclose the concerns during negotiations.
What does the home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.Your inspection from Integrity Property Inspections will be performed according to the Texas Standards of Practice which outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. The findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. If your budget is tight or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection.If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Yes. Now you can complete your home purchase or sale with confidence about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. From the inspection you will have learned many things about the home. You will want to keep that information for future reference or to share with a buyer, when selling.
Can’t I do the inspection myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. An inspector understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. He knows what to look for and is uniquely suited to interpret what his findings reveal about the condition of the property.
Should I attend the home inspection?
We encourage our clients to accompany us during the inspection. You should feel free to ask any questions you may have during the inspection process. The inspector will point out problems and explain them to you. Plus, we will provide routine maintenance tips needed to keep the house in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the best understanding of the systems that make up your home and how to maintain it.