Ask a Home Inspector

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Michael Hoff
A OK Simplex Inspections


Local home inspectors answer questions about trends and offer tips to homebuyers and sellers considering buying or selling a home in or around The Woodlands.



What are the top things a client should ask their house inspector about to make smart decisions as a homebuyer?


Attend the inspection, ask questions and listen. Take part in the process, and you’ll be that much closer to buying the right home for your future.


Examples of questions you should ask [are]: “Where is the main water shut-off valve to the house?;” “What’s the typical life span of a roof like what’s on this particular home?;” and “Is there any special maintenance that needs to be done to it?”



What are the main things a house inspector should examine in a house?


An inspector will check the roof, foundation, heating and air conditioning system, structure, water heater, plumbing, electrical and many other aspects of buildings. [An inspector is] looking for improper building practices, items that require extensive repairs, general maintenance issues as well as fire and safety issues.



What are the benefits of hiring a house inspector?


The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the
property and the need for any major repairs before you buy so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterward. A home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape.


After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase and will be able to make a confident buying decision.


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