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Understanding the Inspection Report

FAQs about Home Inspection


What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. On average, a single-family home inspection usually takes 2-4 hours to complete, though this is heavily dependent on the of the size and condition of the home. After the inspection process, the inspector will send the client an inspection report (often within 24-48 hours) that covers their findings, complete with pictures, analysis and recommendations.


What does a home inspection include?

The standard home inspector's report will cover the condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing system; electrical system; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; and the foundation, basement and structural components. Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) publishes a Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what to expect to be covered in the home inspection report.

It is important to note that there may be some exceptions. If certain areas are inaccessible (locked door, tenant's belongings in the way) or unsafe conditions (severely steep roofs, poor structural integrity) the inspector will explain the situation and note that they were not able to assess that specific area or system.


Why do homebuyers need a home inspection?

Buying a home could be the largest single investment the homebuyer will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, homebuyers should strive to learn as much as they can about the house before they buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. Through the home inspection process, homebuyers will have a better understanding about their prospective house, which will allow them to make decisions with confidence. If a homeowner is planning to sell their home, a home inspection can give them the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.


Do the homebuyers have to be there?

It is not required for the homebuyer to be present for the inspection. However, ASHI recommends attending so the homebuyer can receive the most value from their inspection. This allows homebuyers to observe the inspector and ask questions throughout the process. Many homebuyers find that talking with their inspectors gives them a better understanding the condition of the home and how to maintain it.


Can a house fail a home inspection?

A professional home inspection is an examination and objective assessment of the current condition of a house. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement. A home inspection is not an appraisal and will not determine the home's market value. It is also not a municipal inspection and does not verify local code compliance.


What if the inspection report reveals problems?

It is important to note that no house is perfect. Every home inspection will identify issues with the property and the inspector will communicate the severity of the issues found. The home inspector's goal is to leave their clients with a deeper understanding of their prospective home, so the client can make a sound decision as they continue their home buying process. The client should be fully aware of any issues, risks, or health concerns that may impact the client's decision. The inspector's role is not to tell the clients if they should buy the house or not, but to help the clients understand the full cost of ownership. If major problems are found, homebuyers may wish to negotiate with the seller to make repairs or cover their costs.


What if an issue arises with the home inspection or report?

In some cases, the homebuyer may be displeased with the service the home inspector provided. Often in these situations, the homebuyer is left feeling that crucial defects or details were missed during the inspection process or left out of the inspection report.   TREC always suggests that the homebuyer should contact their home inspector and explain the concerns they have with the home inspection report.

Sometimes, it may turn out to be a simple misunderstanding, with the inspector providing further explanation clarifying the issue. In many states, home inspectors are licensed and follow the regulations put forth by their state. If the homebuyer is not able to resolve their dissatisfaction with the home inspector directly, they are encouraged to contact their state governing body for information on how to proceed.


For the Buyer:

A home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make, so it is important to understand the condition of your investment.  I will provide a non-invasive examination of the home's accessible structure, systems and components.  While a home inspection is not a prediction of future conditions and cannot reveal every concern that exist (or ever could exist), it will significantly reduce your anxiety by arming you with the knowledge you need to make an informed home-buying decision.



For the Seller:

Let me inspect your home before you even list it.  A Move-in Certified seller inspection informs you of any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them.  You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates.  Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith.  Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays, and justify your full asking price by having your home pre-inspected now.


For the Real Estate Professional:

Your clients rely on you to guide them through a complicated and often stressful process of buying or selling a home.  Realtors can demonstrate to the clients that their trust is earned and justified, by referring them to a state and nationally certified home inspector (Wolf Home Inspections).  My experience, training and professionalism will deliver information that your clients need to make an informed decision.  Your reputation hinges on your decision to refer the best home inspectors to compile a complete report that will assist your clients in selling or buying a home.  Wolf Home Inspections is a valuable resource that is available to meet all your home inspection needs.

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What I Inspect:


Structural Systems, Foundation, Grading and Drainage, Roof Covering Materials, Roof Structures & Attics, Walls (Exterior and Interior), Ceilings and Floors, Doors, Windows, Stairways, Fireplaces and Chimneys', Porches, Balconies, decks and Carports, Electrical Systems, Service Entrance and Panels, Branch Circuits, connected devices and fixtures, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Heating Equipment, Cooling Equipment, Duct System, Chases, vents, Plumbing Systems, Plumbing Supply, Distribution Systems, Fixtures, Drains, Wastes, Vents, Water Heating Equipment, Hydro Massage Therapy, Appliances, Dishwasher, 

Food Waste Disposers, Range Hood, Exhaust Systems, Ranges, Cooktops, Ovens, Microwave Ovens, Mechanical Exhaust Vents, Bathroom Heaters, Garage Door Operators, Dryer Exhaust Systems


Home Inspection done from the roof to the foundation: