Why should a home inspection be done?
I think all homes, whether it’s new or used, should have an inspection. People get a misconcept[ion]about new homes—it’s new and everything’s going to work and everything’s right, which is not the case a lot of the time. The quality of the product sometimes suffers because the contractors skirt certain things. If you’re buying a used house, traditionally the inspection is done in the seven- to 10-day grace period. It’s a walkaway with no cost for no reason [period if]you decide you don’t want to buy [the home]… Inspections for new homes [should be]done [in]generally three phases: the foundation, pre-sheetrock and then the whole home inspection. [That way,] I get to see what is under the concrete, how the frame and electrical, plumbing and vent[ilation]looks. Once the walls are up, I’m not a superhero; I don’t have X-ray vision.
Why is a home inspection important?
The biggest reason home inspections are important is because in this world today, unfortunately, not everybody is honest. The state of Texas has a disclosure clause. You, the seller, are required to disclose anything that you know is wrong with the house. Not everybody does what they’re supposed to do. The big tickets [to inspect]are [the]foundation, the electrical system, the plumbing system and the roof. On new homes, [there is sometimes]a lack of quality control and poor craftsmanship.
What should a buyer look out for when considering a home?
When you’re looking at a home, walk outside, look at the condition of the outside of the house. If it’s brick, look at the brick. See if you see any cracks in the mortar. Houses are like people. They’ll tell you what’s going on if you take the time to look and listen. Houses will tell on themselves.
What are some common problems found in a home during an inspection?
[In the Tomball/Magnolia area] right now as a home inspector, I’m almost always recommending that [homebuyers]have [a roof inspection]. We’ve had three major hailstorms come in this area in the last 18 months, so consequently, unless it’s just brand spanking new, I’m recommending that [homebuyers]get a certified roofer to come out and look at it. Hail damage is a hard thing to see. [Hailstorms] bruise the shingles; they’ll put an indentation, and it’s actually like a bruise up under the skin. It may take a while for [hail bruises]to show up sometimes.