What to Know Before Hiring a Home Inspector

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    Inspectors say a simple inspection could not have predicted the problems at the Lake Whitney house. However if a homeowner discover a problem after closing, the inspectors typically have little liability. In most cases it’s limited to the inspector’s report fee, which is typically a few hundred dollars. (Published Monday, Jun 16, 2014)

    Inspectors say a simple inspection could not have predicted the problems at the Lake Whitney house.

    However, if a homeowner discovers a problem after closing, the inspectors typically have little liability.

    In most cases, it’s limited to the inspector’s report fee, which is typically a few hundred dollars.

    So before hiring an inspector:

    •  Make sure the inspector is licensed.
    •  The Texas Real Estate Commission website keeps a list of licensed inspectors.
    •  Home buyers should be present at the inspection so they can ask questions.
    • An inspector is not required to predict future problems, only report current ones.
    •  Be sure to ask the inspector’s opinion about the life of major systems in the home including the electrical, plumbing, foundation and roof.