Preparing For The Inspection
THE PROCESS: Once the inspection is scheduled, a pre-inspection agreement will be sent via email for your review and signature. Inspections can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on the size of the home. The inspection will involve all accessible areas of the home; testing and checking all the different components outlined in the Texas Real Estate Commission Report. (TREC) A copy of the completed report will be sent via email within 24-48 hours.
PROPERTY STATUS: New home or a re-sale home; be sure the proper occupancy permits have been issued by the municipal authorities.
- Print, read and sign the Pre-Inspection Agreement
- Read the Standards of Practice and Terms of Agreement
ACCESS: The inspector will be equipped with an E-Key lock box key through the San Antonio Board of Realtors. (SABOR) The inspector will be sent a specific code electronically for entry. When the inspector can access the property will be determined by the listing agent and the occupants of the home, usually within 24-48 hours of the inspection. Attics, garages, sheds, basements and crawlspaces need to be accessible to the home inspector. Clear away any blockages and make sure doors can be opened. This includes accessing inspection hatches for bathtubs, water meters, electrical panel and shutoff valves. Confirm with the appropriate parties for the inspector to gain access. This includes the Real Estate Agent, Seller or Builder.
- Kitchen and Bathrooms
- Attics and Garages
- Basements and Crawlspaces
- Water Heaters
- Electrical Panels
- Bathtubs and Sinks (items cleared from these areas)
- Utilities (gas, water, electricity need to be on)
UTILITIES: If the property is unoccupied, be sure all utilities, i.e. electricity, gas and water are on, including pilot lights and valves. The home inspector will need to test heating and cooling systems, plumbing, appliances, faucets, electrical systems and more. Without utilities, required testing cannot be done. The result is an incomplete inspection. Incomplete inspections will delay the release of the home inspection contingency clause, which in turn, will delay closing.
PETS: If possible, take your pets with you or have them boarded elsewhere for the day. At the very least, secure animals in crates, kennels or leads far away from any area where the inspector will be. Avoid an incomplete inspection, pet loss or liability resulting from nervous pets.
ATTENDANCE: It is important that the buyer or buyer’s agent be available the day of the inspection so they can learn as much as they can about the home. However, it is recommended that the inspector notify the buyer near the end of the inspection. Ample time will be afforded for a verbal summary of the inspectors findings. If it is not possible for the buyer to be present, the inspector will be able to give the summary, and answer any questions over the phone.
ADDITIONAL: A home inspection can take as long as three hours. With busy schedules to keep and reports to prepare, home inspectors try their hardest to be on time. For cancellations, please extend the courtesy of a 24 hour notice prior to the inspection.