Property Inspections In College Station
Reasons You Should Have Your Property Inspected
If you travel up and down Wellborn Rd, you see how quickly south College Station is growing. New neighborhoods off Green Prarie Rd were only fields just a few years ago. Castlegate II, Creek Meadows, Saddle Creek, The Villages at Indian Lakes, and Williams Creek, all growing! In fact, College Station was ranked a Top 20 fastest growing city in 2016.
For you the homeowner, this represents your largest personal investment. No matter the length of the mortgage or the interest rate, the fact is: home ownership is a substantial investment of money. Most people like to know what they’re getting for their hard earned dollars and they like to know what kind of expenses they’re likely to incur in the first few years of owning a property. Knowing about needed repairs prior to closing also provides the new owner peace of mind and a chance to share those expenses with the seller.
In the United States, most home inspections run between $400 – $800 — a tiny sum in relationship to any major issues. A small expenditure on the front end can pay off rather quickly! Many buyers are shocked to discover the “true” condition of a home in an inspection report and avoid making costly mistakes — that report can tell a buyer to RUN AWAY or provide assurance that the property is in top condition.
So what does a home inspection cover? Almost everything: The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) suggests that qualified inspectors will check the following areas:
- Foundation and basement
- Any additional structural components
- Interior plumbing systems
- Interior electrical systems
- Heating and cooling systems
- Condition of windows
- Condition of doors and door frames
- Condition of floors, walls, and ceilings
- The attic and any visible insulation
The typical inspections doesn’t cover the interior of spaces not easily accessible. For instance, an inspection isn’t going to be able to tell you much about the interior of walls unless something is obviously wrong to an observer. They most often don’t address interiors of chimneys or interiors of septic systems or wells unless specifically requested. Aside from these special cases, the inspection report will provide a buyer a robust guide to the true condition of the property. We often “fall in love” with a house, but because we don’t live in the space, we rarely notice those issues that would drive us crazy or drain our bank accounts if not detected by a trained professional.
So, the last bit of advice we can offer is to request a formal written inspection report (often pictures are available as well) and ask for receipts/warranties for any work the seller has done to satisfy repair requirements prior to the closing date. Using a licensed home inspector is time and money well-spent; you will be glad you did!