BY JOE CLINE
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Affinity Properties, Inc 509937
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If you are buying a home in Texas, it is important that you learn what the Texas home inspection process entails. Home inspectors check the basic features of a home, including the structure, plumbing, electricity, roof, and basement or crawlspace. Home inspectors in Texas are certified by the state real estate commission, and they are required to follow inspection protocols that are determined by law.
Home inspectors do not have to check areas in the house that are dangerous to access or inconvenient. Although the inspector is required to use a ladder if necessary to check the attic and roof, other areas that would require a ladder to access can go without inspection. Texas home inspectors also do not have to report regular wear and tear, repairs that appear to be adequate, as well as any aesthetic issues. They are also not responsible for any property features that are buried or hidden. Although home inspectors are required to check the basement or crawl space, they do not need to inspect the crawl space if the headroom is less than eighteen inches. The entry to the crawlspace must be at least twenty-four inches by eighteen inches. Otherwise, the inspector is not required to enter the crawlspace. After the home inspection is completed, you should contact the inspector and ask if there were any home features that could not be inspected for any reason. Additionally, in Texas home inspectors are not required to check the property for signs of pest infestation. If you are concerned about pests, you might want to contact a pest control specialist and have them evaluate the property.
Home inspectors in Texas will carefully evaluate the structure of the home. They will report any obvious cracks or settling in the foundation. They will also report if the structural materials appear to have deteriorated. They will prepare a written report regarding the overall condition of the foundation. During the basement or crawlspace inspection, the inspector will also look for water damage. They will consider the property deficient if there is obvious water leakage or pooling of water. The inspector will also check the roof, and will note any damage or deficiencies. They will also estimate how long the roof will continue to be usable.
Inside the home, the inspector will check the plumbing system, making certain that it is fully operational. The electrical systems must be up to state code. Each home is required to have a disconnection point. If it does not, the inspector will mark the electrical system as deficient. Inspectors will check the heating and cooling system as well. In Texas, it is especially important that the home inspector carefully check out the air conditioning system. If there is a problem with the home's cooling system, you do not want to discover this on one of Texas' many one-hundred degree summer days. Finally, the Texas home inspector will inspect all the appliances in the home, making certain that they function properly and that they lack any obvious defects, such as rust.
Joe Cline writes articles for West Lake Hills homes. Other articles written by the author related to Rollingwood homes and Austin Texas real estate can be found on the net.