Home Inspection FAQ's
Answers to the most common questions about home inspections


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Why do I need a home inspection? A home inspection is vital to your home-buying decision. A properly licesnsed and experienced home inspector knows how to look beyond the cosmetics and give you a professional opinion about your prospective home's condition, from the foundation to the roof. This can help you avoid some costly surprises.

What does a home inspection cover?

A home inspection covers six main areas:

  1. Structural Systems (foundations, grading & drainage, roof covering, roof structure & attic, interior & exterior walls, ceilings & floors, interior & exterior doors, windows, fireplace/chimney and porches/decks/carports).
  2. Electrical Systems  (service entrance & panels, branch circuits & their connected devices & fixtures).
  3. Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems (heater, A/C and ducts & vents).
  4. Plumbing System (water supply system & fixtures, drains, wastes, vents, hydro-therapy equipment and water heating equipment).
  5. Appliances (dishwasher, food waste disposer, range hood, range/oven/cooktop, microwave, trash compactor, bathroom exhaust fans or heaters, whole house vacuum systems, garage door openers, door bell & chimes and dryer vents).
  6. Optional Systems (lawn sprinklers, swimming pools, outbuildings, outdoor cooking equipment, gas lines)

How long does a home inspection take? Depending on the size and condition of the house, you can expect anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours (a little more if a very large house is being inspected).

What does a home inspection cost?

Our prices are based on three things: the size of the house, the type of foundation the house has and the location. You can see our price list in the "Products/Services" section of this website.

Should my home inspector be licensed? Absolutely! In the state of Texas, you must be licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission to perform a home inspection. Our inspector's license number is #7731. We also have multiple certifications that can be viewed under the "About Us" section of this website.

Does Area Wide Inspections perform termite inspections?

You must be a licensed pest professional to perform termite inspections. While Area Wide Inspections does not perform the inspections, we work very closely with SWAT Pest Control and we will be happy to schedule a termite inspection for you. Call us for details!

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