Home Inspections in Texas and Why They’re Important

Home Inspection in Texas

Your home may very well be your biggest asset and the largest investment you’ll ever make in your lifetime. There can be numerous costs that rack up with this purchase on top of your already hefty down payment, like lawyer fees, insurance, and appraisals. Seeing all these fees may make you question whether you really want to add yet another expense, like a home inspection, on top of it all. Is it really worth the extra money? Let’s dive deep into home inspections and whether or not it’s a good idea for you.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is completed by a professional, who is hired to go through every nook, cranny, and crevice of your home to determine if there are any underlying faults or issues that may contribute to large, costly problems in the future. They basically have a crystal ball foreseeing whether any home-related issues are likely to arrive that may cause a financial dent in your future. A home inspection will typically include the inspection of the foundation, roof, structural components (indoor and outdoor, such as walls, beams, stairs, etc.), HVAC system, plumbing, insulation, fireplace, chimneys, attics, windows, and all electrical wiring. 

How much does a home inspection cost?

You can opt for different levels of home inspection, such as ones that are more in-depth and specialized (such as checking for mold or termites) versus one that is more generic covering all the base areas of the home mentioned above. Also, the cost of a home inspection will vary based on the type and square-footage of your home. On average, in Texas, you can expect to pay $400 and up for a home inspection. You may pay more if your property is in a more distant or rural area or if the company you decide to go with has considerably more expertise than other companies or inspectors.

Areas to Keep an Eye On

Although you may fall in love at first sight, a home inspection can be very revealing of a property’s true colors and what truly lies beneath (and within). Some issues that you’ll definitely want an inspector to look out for include: 

Structural Issues: 

The foundation and roof of the home are areas that are hugely essential to keeping a home safe, and any damage or repairs needed on these areas are likely to cost you an arm and a leg. 

Electrical Wiring: 

If a home has updated and modern appliances, it may look like it’s moving with the times, but if the electrical wiring is old and outdated, these new appliances will not be able to use energy efficiently, leading to significant energy loss, higher energy consumption, and inevitably, a consistently high energy bill. 

Why a Home Inspection Is Essential  

A home inspection can identify any serious underlying or potential issues with a home that you’re interested in purchasing. This could come in the form of poor or inadequate insulation, faulty wiring, leaks in the windows, cracks in the foundation, and a host of other problems. These problems can slowly empty out your pockets without you even noticing, as they will all lead to energy loss and as a result, higher energy consumption within the home. Fixing these problems proactively will save you money every month on your energy bill. This is why it’s essential to do a home inspection prior to your home closing. If it uncovers anything of concern, you have the liberty to back out of the purchase. Alternatively, you can set a condition for the seller to have it repaired (on their dime!) prior to handing it over to you.

If you’re buying a home and need some advice on what to look out for to ensure your future home is in good shape, contact an Arrow Energy representative today. We’re here to help.