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8/17/2016
A Home Inspection Is a Feel Good Moment To Encourage You To Buy A House


A Home Inspection in Texas is Nothing More Than  A Feel Good Moment So You Will Buy the Home

Okay, so you picked out the house you both want and you signed the One to Four Family Residential Contract.  You paid your earnest money and now it's time for an inspection which will hopefully affirm your decision, but if not, will save you from a terrible choice that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars, if not more. 

So you depend on your realtor to provide you names of home inspectors.  A list she readily hands to you because you only have ten days during your option period.  You could have asked for more time for your option period, but your realtor told you that ten days was the standard amount of time and you naturally trust her to be looking out for your best interest.  And some realtors do.  But for most, the hoe inspection is nothing more than a perfunctory act that reinforces your decision.  And your realtor, good or bad, knows they don't get paid if the inspector flunks the house. 

So, that list of inspectors in your hand was no haphazard collection.  It was carefully chosen to include inspectors that wouldn't make waves but would make lengthy impressive reports for the home buyers. So that is what you get.  A lengthy, multipage document that has a few scant facts that are unique to the house you are buying.  The rest is usually boilerplate CYA dicta.  But in the end, there is very little useful information.  

A home inspection report is little more than an inventory of the items in the house.  And in Texas, the inspector has no obligation to report anymore than what is visible.  The report does not include any opinions or suspicions.  So the inspector is merely marking down what you could see with your own eyes.  And while some things might possibly require experience, training and education, realistically, the visible items described would have been so obvious that even a laymen would recognize it. 

So, the report is of little value to you.  You won't get an opinion about the life expectancy of the roof. Or how long the air conditioner will last. Or if the foundation is or may be moving later on. Which is why I say it is little more than a feel good moment in the buying process. 

 





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