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Finding the Right Home Inspector for You

Fortunately, in Texas, all Home Inspectors must be licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). TREC has established minimum standards by which all home inspections must be performed, as well as the report format in which findings are to be presented. These are documented in the TREC Standards Of Practice for real estate inspections. Even so, it’s important to know, not all inspection companies — and certainly not all inspection reports — are created equal. Here are a few pointers to assist you in selecting the inspection company that best suits your needs (also see our guide on 10 Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Home Inspection Company):.

Ask to see a sample home inspection report

Inspection reports range from handwritten, checkbox style (often delivered on-site) to extensive computer-generated narratives that include photographs.

Review the home inspection agreement

Many inspectors use contracts, known as inspection agreements that define the scope of the inspection. Ask to see the agreement before the scheduled inspection date to ensure that it is fair and not one-sided against you.

Ask about optional home inspection services/add-ons

Make sure you know of any additional fees you might incur for crawl spaces, septic systems, sprinkler systems, etc.

Do you want to attend your home inspection?

Most inspectors encourage clients to be on-site during the inspection. If you want to attend, make sure that your inspector is willing to accommodate you.