With every contract comes the discussion with my Austin TX home buyers about the inspection. What are we looking for in the inspection?
To me, this is a simple answer, but other agents don't see it the same way... or other agents don't explain to their buyers what the inspection is for. I think it's the latter as the buyers are looking for direction from their agents.
When my buyers are getting an inspection, I remind them that all contracts in Texas are "as is". This means you are agreeing to buy the house in it's present condition for the agreed upon price. That doesn't mean you can't have an inspection to see what you're getting into.
When you get a home inspection, here is what you're looking for: Functionality of the Home. Simple...
What does that mean? It means you're looking for things that make the home function correctly. For example, the roof shouldn't have issues, the foundation should be performing as intended, the Electrical should not be a fire or safety hazard, the AC is cooling and the Furnace is heating.
What aren't we looking for? We're not looking for a wobbling ceiling fan. We're not looking for peeling wallpaper. We're not looking for a drip at the faucet. We're not looking for stains in the carpet. We're not looking for light bulbs that are burnt out. We're not looking at bringing a home up to code from the code when it was built. We're not looking for cosmetic issues or regular home owner maintenance issues. The home is not brand new, and even if it were, no house is "perfect".
A home inspection is to allow the buyer additional information to know what maintenance items should be addressed upon moving in and, especially in older homes, what other items should be done. Why did I say we're not looking at bringing a house up to code? Codes change all the time. If every home owner were required to bring their home up to current code, many home owner's wouldn't be able to afford to sell their homes. You are buying a house "as is" based on the code of when the house was built.
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