Home Inspection FAQ

City of El Paso TX - City of Las Cruces NM - City of Alamogordo NM

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SERVICE?

 

  • Your El Paso TX, Las Cruces NM Real Estate Inspection Report Packet includes detailed digital photographs taken during the inspection process to document and show in detail the components inspected.

  • For clients that attend the inspection, we personally review the findings of the Inspection process with you utilizing a computer to review every photo and inspected items observed during the inspection process. 

What is a Home Inspection?

 

  • An El Paso and Las Cruces home-commercial inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchaser's buying decision.  The home inspector will point out problems and explain them so that you understand them.  Our home inspection reports also indicate the good points of the house as well.  The home inspector will explain what routine maintenance is needed to keep your home in top condition.  This will help you to get the most benefit from the home inspection and gain more understanding of the systems that make up your home as well as how to maintain them.

How much does the home inspection cost? 

 

  • Not all home inspectors are the same. There is a strong correlation between an inspector's fees and his/her competence (in other words, you get what you pay for). Be careful when hiring the cheapest home inspector in town who indirectly pays for realtor's recommendations to be on their office's preferred home inspector list. 

  • Home Inspection fees in Las Cruces NM or El Paso TX depend on the size and the age of the home. Visit our Schedule / fees page to view our fees. Call your Home Inspector at Las Cruces (575) 621-4006  El Paso (915) 422-9494 for a quote. 

Paying a little extra for an InterNACHI  Certified Home Inspector pays off!

 

  • Buying a home?  It is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make.  This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection.  The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the value of the home being inspected.  The additional cost of hiring an InterNACHI-certified home inspector is almost insignificant by comparison.

  • You have recently been crunching the numbers - negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages - and trying to get the best deals.  Don't stop now.  Don't let your real estate agent, a "patty-cake" home inspector, or anyone else talk you into skimping on the home inspection.  InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspectors perform the best real estate inspections by far.

 

  • InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspectors earn their fees many times over.  As the most qualified home-commercial inspectors, they do more, they deserve more, and -- yes -- they generally charge a little more.  Do yourself a favor and pay a little more for the quality home inspection you deserve.

Why do i need to get a home inspection?

 

  • Because purchasing a home is one of the largest investments a person makes in their lifetime, it is important that you know precisely what you are purchasing before making the choice by obtaining a home inspection. Often homes come with a variety of immediate needs that ought to be addressed by the seller, rather than having the buyer take on the burden and obligation of these costs.

  • In addition to plumbing problems, aging appliances, and leaking roofs, there may be safety hazards in the home as well. To ensure that the home you are purchasing is safe for your family, a home inspection is a wise choice.

What does a typical home inspection cover?

 

  • A typical home inspection in will assess all the major structural elements and systems within a home. These include heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, roof, foundation, attic, walls, doors, windows, and more.  Our real estate inspectors will ensure the most thorough home inspection investigation of the property is conducted. 

How long does a home inspection usually take?

 

  • Depending on the size of your home or office space, the home inspection will typically take about 2-3 hours. For larger properties, the home-commercial inspection time may be longer.

What if a problem is discovered during the home inspection?

 

  • If a problem is detected during the home inspection, you can bring this to the attention of the seller and use it as a negotiating tool. The home inspection report may help you get a lower price, or may allow you to require the seller to fix the problem before you make the purchase.

Do newly constructed home also need a home inspection?

 

  • Absolutely.  A professional new home inspection of a new home built in El Paso or Las Cruces is important.  We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct.  As building professionals, we may find problem areas where a builder may have taken shortcuts or not followed good building practices.  If it is "move-in ready", we still typically find some areas that the builder or his subcontractors overlooked.  In fact, most people are surprised at the number of deficiencies that their brand-new home has.  In other cases, where the home builder had done due diligence in attention to detail, with good oversight of his subcontractors, a clean home inspection report will give the client more peace of mind that they won't have to be trying to call the home builder back several times to fix things over the next year.

Can the El Paso TX - Las Cruces NM Home Inspector fix the inspection defect found during the home inspection?

 

  • No. It is unethical for an Inspector to perform repairs on a previously inspected home. 

Do I need to attend the home inspection with the inspector?

 

  • No, you are not required to be present at your home inspection - but we do encourage you to do so.  Most people find that it is a valuable learning experience, and being there will help get the most benefit from the home inspection.  You can observe some of what the home inspection entails and will be able to ask questions to the home inspector and he can explain maintenance tips for specific areas as well.  And though our home inspection reports are written to be easily understood, and will contain photos of some of the conditions as well, we feel you'll be able to better understand the finished El Paso and Las Cruces home inspection report and get the most benefit from it by also having been there during the home inspection.

Why Can't I just inspect the home myself?

 

  • Even for clients who are familiar with home construction defects, or are professionally experienced in certain areas such as plumbing, electrical, or heating/cooling systems, most likely do not have the training, experience, and knowledge required to properly evaluate all of the large variety of systems and components in a home.  We've inspected literally thousands of homes, condominiums, and apartments over the years.  We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home (and how they work and how they need to be maintained), but we also know what signs to look for when they are getting ready to fail.  But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party.  If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it can be very difficult for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may affect your judgment if you are trying to perform your own inspection.  The professional home inspector of Las Cruces and El Paso will provide an objective report of the facts that will be more readily accepted by the seller and all other parties versus an inspection performed by a buyer.