We understand how frustrating it can be to search for a home in Austin. Half the battle is learning the key terms and what they mean in regards to Texas real estate. So each week we bring you Key Term Tuesday – our way of helping you decode the industry jargon that keeps you from owning your home search.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a visual, non-invasive, non-destructive examination of the physical components of a house usually including the appliances. The output of the inspection is a written report reflecting the inspector’s findings.
Inspectors note those things they can see in accessible areas. Inspectors go places you normally would not go, such as, crawl spaces and attics, and look for things you normally would not see, such as, discolorations and early signs of settling. They do not tear down the structure to the studs. They don’t move furniture and refrigerators, roll up rugs, pull up flooring or cut out sheet rock.
Home inspectors in Texas are licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). Pest inspections (i.e. termites, dry rot & wood destroying organisms) require a different license and not included in a standard home inspection. Though some home inspectors carry both licenses.
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