The Importance of Home Inspections

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland


What is a Home Inspection?

There are numerous types of property inspections. An inspection is meant to evaluate, at minimum, the structural and mechanical condition of a property. It is not the same as an appraisal which evaluates the market value of a property. Talk with your agent about the types of inspections available.


When purchasing a home, it is highly recommended that you get a Structural and Pest Control inspections. Even if you are purchasing the home “AS IS,” it is still recommended to have an inspection.

If there is a swimming pool and/or well and septic you will want to have these items inspected. These reports will give you good insight of what you're buying. Once the inspections are complete you could negotiate the seller to make repairs or give you an allowance to fix some items after closing. If a professional home inspector states that certain repairs need to be made, the seller is more likely to agree to make them if you have a report. If the seller agrees to make repairs, you could have the inspector verify the completed work prior to closing. At the very least you would need to get paid invoice for the work complete and need to do a final walk thru to check the items before closing.  Do not assume that everything will be done as promised. When it comes to selling a home the sellers are very busy too and may forget an item.

Here is a checklist to help you navigate the home inspection.


Finding a qualified Inspector

·         Referrals from satisfied customers

·         Referral from a local Realtors or Mortgage Company

·         Yellow Pages under "Building Inspection Services"

What the inspection, at minimum, includes
Every inspection should include, but not be limited to, an evaluation of at least the following:Home inspector

·         Foundation

·         Grading and Draining around the structure

·         Roof Structure and Attic

·         Walls (Interior & Exterior)

·         Ceilings & Flooring

·         Doors (Interior & Exterior)

·         Windows

·         Stairways

·         Fireplace/Chimney

·         Wood around the exterior

·         Plumbing and Electrical systems

·         Doors

·         Ceiling, walls and floors

·         Roof

·         Hazardous materials concerns

·         Heating and Air conditioning systems

·         Insulation and Air Ducts

·         Hot Water Heater

·         Whirlpool Tub (if applicable)

·         Dishwasher

·         Food Disposer

·         Range Exhaust

·         Oven and Range

·         Microwave

·         Garage Door Opener

·         Door Bell

·         Dryer Vent

·         Sprinkler System (if applicable)

·         Swimming Pool & Equipment

·         Built-In Outdoor cooking Equipment

·         Gas Supply System

·         Private Water Well & Septic (if applicable)

·         Termite Inspection also recommended






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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Different parts of the country dictate other testing radon testing is common...and termites get frozen sure that when you have an inspection you know what the area may have in the way of hazards to the homeowner.

Oct 05, 2011 12:44 AM #1
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Homes inspections are a MUST before buying a home. For most people, their home is their biggest asset, and they need to know all the faults of this asset before they commit to it.

Oct 05, 2011 12:47 AM #2
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

maggie, pool, well and septic and sprinkler systems are not part of a normal standard inspection but are performed for an extra cost. All great things to have checked out, but since many homes don't have those items, it's not in the base price of most fees so many buyers trying to save a buck will decline.

Oct 05, 2011 12:52 AM #3
Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

Very good point Sally & David.

I think so too Donald.

Very true Scott.  Here in Pearland, there are several homes with well, septic and/or pools.  Some inspectors do not test for those things.  In that case I advise the buyer to hire someone that can. There are Home Inspection companies that have put teams together. Under one company they will have termite, pool, well, septic, sprinkler system, alarm system and the general inspection completed for the buyer.


Oct 05, 2011 01:05 AM #4
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Maggie, its important to make the consumer aware of the available options. Nice overview!

Oct 05, 2011 01:37 AM #5
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Thanks for the post Maggie. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what the home inspector does, this helps clear things up.

Oct 05, 2011 01:59 AM #6
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

I'm not sure how anybody (except maybe a seasoned investor or contractor) could buy a home and not get a home inspection.  Such cheap insurance.

Oct 05, 2011 02:44 AM #7
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Great post on why buyer needs to hire an inspector. Thanks for the post.

Oct 05, 2011 02:56 AM #8
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A lot of the power that comes from being an inspector is the fact that they are 3rd party players and not connected to the transaction. Another pair of eyes to make sure everyone knows what is going on..It's the only fair way to go

Oct 05, 2011 03:03 AM #9
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Hi Maggie! Great featured post! I see I hang with some good company, smile.  It boggles my mind when people don't get a home inspected; would they buy a car without having a mecahnic look under the hood?  One scary thing is that some inspectors think they should rip the house apart to find things, it's a power trip. Fortunately I work with seasoned pros who have a healthy perspetive. All homes have problems, but are they problems that require attention?  Yes, the inspectors have regulations to follow, but it's all a matter of presentation.  Congratulations on being featured.

Oct 05, 2011 03:20 AM #10
Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572
CRB-CCSS-ASD-HBS-RSD-Denver Short Sale Agents - Monument, CO
Angel Realty, LLC

Home inspections are a must have and using an inspector that you trust to be honest and who has a excellent track record will be the best thing you can do for your buyers and sellers. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 05, 2011 04:21 AM #11
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Maggie,  Excellent advice and helpful info.  Also, buyers of new construction need an inspection every bit as much as any other buyer !

Oct 05, 2011 04:26 AM #12
Kevin Vitali
EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales - Tewksbury, MA
Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

I always tell buyers to choose their home inspector before finding a property!!  The home inspection is a buyer last defense in finding a safe and sound home.  Don't price shop a home inspector either.... With median house prices over 300K in my area whats an extra 100 or 150 dollars spent on the best of the best.

Oct 05, 2011 04:34 AM #13
Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

Thank you Michael

You are welcome Tom.  I agree about the confusion.  All good reasons why the inspectors and we as Realtors will need to educate the home buyers.

I could not agree more Rob. 

You are welcome Mike.  I am glad you liked the post. 

Very true Richie!

Hi cathy;  I recently had a buyer that was purchasing a property “AS IS” and really did not want to do inspections prior to closing.  After much persuasion they did have the inspection.  When it was over they were very happy they went thru with the inspection before closing.  The home had some electrical issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent a fire. I agree with you about “All homes have problems, but are they problems that require attention?” Not always but, it does give the buyer awareness. 

 I agree Angel about the inspector being honest and having an excellent track record.

Very true Bill although some builders may disagree.  I hear from them “there has been inspections done thru the entire process of building.” Also, that the home will be under warranty”  With that being said when my buyers have had the inspection on a new home prior to closing they are happy to find out any potential problems that can b fixed prior to them closing.

Thank you for the Great advice Kevin.  This is something that I have not done in the past.  I usually wait until the buyer is ready to submit an offer.  But, will take your advice and implement this in the future.


Oct 05, 2011 05:51 AM #14
Jill Kipnis
Move, Inc. - Westlake Village, CA

Maggie, a pre-inspection is also a great idea for sellers as well. This arms them with more information about what needs to be disclosed, and prevents any surprises when the buyer gets an inspection on the property.

Oct 05, 2011 05:58 AM #15
Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

Thank you Jill for sharing the link to the video.  Great information!

Oct 05, 2011 06:10 AM #16
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

We follow these ideas as well, we had a new home where the builder had used cracked trusses one time. Their side said it was a none issue but it was for the buyer.

Oct 17, 2011 12:21 AM #17
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