At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty, we know that buying Austin real estate is one of the most important decisions of your life. We are here to guide you every step of the way! This is why we wanted to take a few moments to discuss how crucial Austin home inspections are to the buying process. Home inspectors are an impartial part of the buying experience, providing you with honest and trustworthy answers to questions you have about the condition of the home you are interested in purchasing.
Why do I need a home inspection?
A home inspection offers buyers a behind-the-scenes view of the house they have just fallen in love with. Most home inspections start around $300 (depending on home specifications), which is a small price to pay for peace of mind. Home buyers are paying for that objective eye and professional opinion on the “bones” of the property. More often than not, home buyers are so taken with the idea of living in a space that they neglect the structural details. This being said, some of the most common issues that a home inspection will uncover include:
- Foundation shifting
- Drainage issues due to the slope of the yard
- Stucco issues causing water seepage into the home
- Poor quality roofing materials
Keep in mind that some home sellers are simply not aware of major issues with the home. They themselves may not have experienced these problems in the time they owned it. This is why it is crucial to hire a home inspector and get a detailed understanding of the house that you are buying. It will save you time, money, and energy in the long run!
What do home inspectors look for when examining a home?
Home inspectors are trained to review a home and look for issues that are not obvious to the average home buyer. They spend an hour or two scouring the property for anything that will cause a major headache down the road for the buyer. They will not focus on the aesthetics of the home and will not be concerned with the odd scratch on the walls. These are things that every home buyer can see, and, therefore, is not the primary concern for a home inspector. Home inspectors are focused on details such as:
- Structural components
- Exterior issues with the home
- Roofing problems
- Plumbing and electrical issues
- Heating and cooling systems
- Insulation and ventilation
Home inspectors will fill out a complete report based on their findings and review it with you in detail within a day or so of the inspection itself. This report should have comments about every aspect of the home. It should answer all of your questions about the structure of the property. The home inspection report can often come back positive. This is a good thing! It means the house was fully inspected and you are buying a solid property. Take the time to review the report. The home inspection will point out the age of the roof, the condition of the water heater, and so on. These items need to be factored into your home buying decision. Knowing the age and condition of the home will allow you time to budget for replacement items down the road.
How do I know I can trust the home inspector I hired?
At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty, our REALTORS® only work with the best of the best! We know that our reputation is on the line when it comes to all aspects of our clients buying and selling requirements. We will find you the best home inspectors in the area. We also know a few home inspectors to avoid, so contact our team to guide you through this process.
If you do have a home inspector friend, or trusted referral to a home inspector, we would still suggest calling us to give your our perspective on their reputation in the area. Also, remember that home inspectors are professionals and most are extremely good at what they do. To ensure you are dealing with the best, keep these red flags in mind when dealing with your home inspector:
The home inspection is too quick (should be an hour or more - depending on the size and complexity of the property)
The report is produced for you immediately after the inspection
The price they charge is much lower than other inspectors you called
The company, or individual, is not from a reputable company
Hopefully, these ideas have been helpful for you when searching for Austin homes for sale. A home inspection is not required, but we strongly advise that our clients have an inspection done on any property they want to buy. It will save you from a buyer’s nightmare. Let Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty support you through your Austin real estate journey!
Need some help getting your Austin home search started? Please contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas online or call (512) 483-6000 today - we'd be more than happy to recommend a great home inspector, along with many other great, local vendors.