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Who Needs a Home Inspection?

If you are buying a home, selling a home, listing a home or own a home, a professional home inspection is for you!

A Little History

In the 1970's, home inspections were not very thorough in the industry and were not very well defined. Due to the need for standards in the industry, a group of inspectors formed a professional organization, The American Society of Home Inspectors, or ASHI. Over time, ASHI defined the home inspection process and developed Standards of Practice and a code of ethics for it's members*. What started out as a 'Contractor's Inspection', which covered the basics of a home based on construction knowledge eventually turned into what we have now, the home inspection. Home buyers wanted more information given that purchasing a home is a very large investment, they wanted to know the condition of roofs, plumbing, electrical systems, appliances, heating and air conditioning and ventilation, structure and foundation. Real estate agents and brokers could advise buyers about material defects, but they weren't required to. In 1985, Texas became the first state to regulate home inspectors. Soon afterward, national home inspection associations were formed*. Although you can still purchase a home without a home inspection, it is not recommended. Would you buy a car without test driving it? Asking about it's history? Would you trust the word of the salesman? I'm guessing not, that's why we are here for you!

The Buyer Inspection

The home buyer in a real estate transaction, generally after making an offer on a property, orders the home inspection to be performed. The home buyer is looking for an honest and impartial report of the home's condition, to be informed of any problems and upcoming repairs, and to avoid unpleasant surprises after the sale. This inspection is bought and paid for by the home buyer and can be added to closing costs in some situations. The buyer inspection covers an exterior as well as interior visual inspection of the home, it's foundation, appliances, and HVAC systems. The inspector will then review the report with the home buyer to go over the condition of the property in detail.

The Seller/Listing Inspection

The seller inspection is generally done before the property is shown. This inspection type is performed for the seller to be able to comply with full disclosure laws, to be informed of problems and repair them before showing the home, and to avoid lawsuits after a sale. Sometimes used by brokers to increase listings and attract buyers. Regardless of the purchaser, the seller/listing inspection is an important step in the selling process.

Home Maintenance Inspection

A home owner, not involved in a real estate transaction, will purchase a home maintenance inspection for the purpose of learning what to do in the interest of keeping the home in optimum condition, to be informed of any repairs needed, and to learn how to avoid problems in the future. This type of inspection can be compared to vehicle maintenance. You wouldn't neglect an oil change and tune up on your car because you know these things need to be maintained in order for your vehicle to stay in good working condition or risk a breakdown on the side of the road. Your home is a bigger investment than your vehicle, (unless you own a Tesla). Keeping up with home repairs is vital to your home's health and a home maintenance inspection can help you do just that. Click here for information about our Home Preservation Maintenance Plan!

What's Next?

Now that you know how home inspections started, who purchases a home inspection, and the importance of having your home inspected whether you are buying, selling, or staying, give us a call today. We can help you keep your home safe for you and your family, and help you avoid costly repairs.

*American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT)


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