Episode 4: Home Inspections with Chris Amador
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Chris said the home inspection process is an information gathering source for somebody looking to buy or sell a home. The inspector doesn't provide an opinion on whether to buy the house or not, but they provide accurate information for the buyers to make their own decision.
Inspectors are licensed professionals in the state of Texas. They look at five major areas of the house - foundation, roofing, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC - to understand how the rest of the house is functioning. Sometimes the inspector’s findings will involve having a professional in that specific category, such as an electrician or a plumber, come to evaluate the issue and render their opinion.
Chris recommended getting inspections on any property you’re looking to buy, including new construction. He said those are typically done in three phases: before the foundation is poured, before the drywall is installed, and once the home is completed. Many builders offer a one-two-ten warranty to cover their homes and an inspection after ten or eleven months of living there can catch developing issues while the builder is still responsible for fixing them.
For buyers, Chris suggested coming towards the end of the inspection so that the inspector can do a thorough inspection, then sit down to review the report and answer their questions. He also suggested sellers consider having a pre-sale inspection done before listing their home, so they'll have a better idea of what needs to be serviced or repaired.
Chris can be reached at 817-437-2405 or ckahomeinspections.com.
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