Q: How do I choose a Home Inspector?
A: Call up and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don't feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection? You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs.
Q: What qualifications or credentials should a home inspector offer?
A: When choosing a home inspector, begin with a list of NACHI Home Inspectors in the Greater Houston Area. Then check to see who among these is the most experienced and has the most outstanding reputation for thoroughness as an inspector. And be sure to attend your inspection. That way, you'll learn as much as possible from your home and your home inspector. Some have college degrees in fields related to construction such as engineering and architecture. A few have passed the same code certification examinations that the building code officials are required to pass. All should be Texas Real Estate Commission licensed. SEI Inspection TREC License#20776
Q: What will the inspection cover?
A: A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to the foundation.
Items included in the Inspection are as follows:
• Roof & Flashings
• Siding & Trim
• Driveways & Walks
• Heating • Ceilings
• Doors & Windows
• Major Appliances
• Electrical System
• Water Heater
• Plumbing System
• Air Conditioning
Q: How long will the Inspection take?
A: Most Inspections take about two to three hours. Times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home being inspected.
Q: Should I be present during the Inspection?
A: You are welcome to be present at the site of the inspection from start to finish. It is a great time to really get to know the home you may be purchasing. We recommend that you show up toward the end of the inspection for your convenience at such time as when the inspector is prepared to go over his findings.
Q: Why use our Services?
A: The purchase of a home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra stresses this will add, there is also the fear factor of, "Will This Home Stand The Test of Time?" It is also important to know what YOU, as the primary investor, are getting for your money.
A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help foresee any immediate unnecessary additional cost that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.
Q: Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my home?
A: This is the biggest mistake many potential homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.
Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?
A: You can call us and discuss all the aspects of your home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment. And we are willing to answer any question from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday.
Q: Do you have insurance and how much?
A: SEI inspections has a million dollars ($1,000,000) of commercial liability insurance per occurance. If you would like to review our insurance coverage please feel free to contact us for a copy of the insurance coverage.