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Frequently Asked Questions

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Of course you have questions, most people do. To give you a head start, we’ve gathered together a few of those that we hear most often. Click on a question below to reveal the answer. Also, don’t hesitate to contact us at (832) 447-4444 or email at office@premierhomeinspections.biz; we’re happy to help.

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The purchase of a home is the most costly investment most people make. The home is visually inspected inside and outside for defects which could be costly if not discovered in time. The inspection is a limited visual inspection and not technically exhaustive.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What is covered in a typical inspection?”][vc_column_text]Our complete visual home inspection includes the following:

STRUCTURAL: Foundation • Roof Structure • Interior Structural Conditions • Exterior Structural Conditions • Water Damage • Roofing • Attic Area Exterior & Interior Doors • Insulation • Ventilation • Fireplace • Windows

MECHANICAL: AC & Heating Systems • Ducts • Kitchen Equipment • Plumbing Fixtures • Bathrooms • Utility Room • Electrical Service Box Receptacles & Light Switches • Water Heating Equipment • Sprinkler Systems • Swimming Pools/Hot Tubs[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What aspects of the home can you inspect?”][vc_column_text]

Premier Home Inspections is one of the few inspection companies qualified to assess everything. Since we’re a one-stop shop, we save you time, stress, and money. From complete residential home inspections, pool inspections to septic inspections, we can evaluate every important system in the home. Call (832) 447-4444 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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No. The Texas Real Estate Commission has established a standardized inspection form for all inspectors to follow. This form establishes minimum standards. Our report includes additional information such as an easy to read Repair Summary Page. This information is not provided by many inspectors.

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Yes. In fact, we are one of the few home inspection companies that actually take digital measurements of the foundation to ensure everything is right. Texas law mandates that inspectors visually inspect the foundation. However, since foundation flaws can be covered up with paint or siding, a visual examination isn’t dependable. Our digital measurements are much better at detecting any defects.

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Yes. Home warranties do not cover many components of your home and may include severe restrictions which could void the warranty. These restrictions may include pre-existing conditions. An inspection may prevent this from occurring and may reveal defects that would not fall under the umbrella of a home warranty.

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No. Depending on the terms of the sales contract, repair items are either accepted “as-is” or may be negotiated between the buyer and seller. Remember, the report is primarily an information tool.

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While it is not required, we urge you to be present to observe the process. Furthermore, the report is much easier to understand if you have actually seen the problems firsthand.

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The inspection time varies depending on many factors. These include accessibility of components, size of structure, and number of defects.

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Yes! You will receive your report within 24 hours of the inspection.

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No. Those costs should be quoted by qualified contractors, professionally licensed technicians, or companies that are in the repair business. The inspector may offer cost assumptions based on experience, but you should still seek quotes from professional contractors.

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Yes! All utilities must be on prior to the inspector’s arrival. The inspection cannot be thoroughly completed if the utilities are not on. This will result in an additional return visit fee. Your agent can arrange for the utilities to be turned on.

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The fee is usually paid by the buyer at the time of inspection.

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You don’t have to take notes during the inspection. We will document everything in a written report. It’s much better to follow the inspector through, listening to his comments to make sure you understand. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that confuses you.

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No. My goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. Ultimately, it is your decision as to whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Only you know all of the factors at play.

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Definitely! You may want to bring some questions that you have regarding the home. You should also feel free to stop the inspector and ask questions as you go. If the inspector’s comments or explanations are not clear, please ask for further explanation.

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