How to Select a Home Inspector in San Antonio
Not all San Antonio area home inspectors are created equal.
To help you choose a qualified home inspector, interview each prospect using the following criteria:
In Texas, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) requires home inspectors to be licensed as a Professional Inspector, a Real Estate Inspector, or an Apprentice Inspector. Professional affiliation with such organizations as The Texas Association of Home Inspectors (TAREI) requires membership adherence to strict Standards of Practice and ongoing continuing education.
Although building knowledge is essential to a home inspector, construction itself has little or no relation to the skills of a forensic investigation. A home inspector is primarily a property detective … someone that observes defects. Real Estate Home Inspectors should be viewed as distinct from other contracting professionals.
Building Code Knowledge
The primary focus of a home inspection is not code compliance. Nevertheless, property defects often have their basis in code related standards. To ensure inspector competence in this area choose someone with building code knowledge. City of San Antonio Development Services Consumer Guide to New Home Inspections (pdf)
The proof is in the product, so request a copy of a previous report. The best format should not only be detailed and comprehensive, but easily interpreted. A quality report will let defect disclosure stand out distinctly in contrast with less pertinent data. See Sample Reports
Avoid price shopping. The price of a quality inspection is approximately $300.00 for an average (2000 sq. ft.) size home. Lower fees should be regarded with suspicion, as they often identify those who are newer to inspecting and spend insufficient time performing the inspection and completing the inspection report. We provide a thorough inspection and digital photos in all our reports.
Make Your Choice
When choosing a home inspector, don’t rely on others. The final selection should be your own. You want the most meticulous, detailed inspector available, the one who will provide comprehensive consumer protection and save you from costly surprises.
With the 14 years of experience and over 6000 home inspections, Rod Stewardson’s excellent reputation around San Antonio speaks for itself! See what previous clients are saying about Rod Inspects.
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