What is a Home Inspection
A Home Inspection, often referred to as a Structural and Mechanical Inspection, is a way for the
Often, a Lender will require a Home Inspection, especially HUD or VA loans. Regardless of
whether it is required, it is generally recommended by the Lender, your REALTOR and other
home buyers that have either had such an inspection, or wished that they had.
The State of Texas regulates Inspectors and Inspections through the Texas Real Estate
Commission (TREC). There is a specific Standards of Practice and a standard Form [REI 7-2
(8/09)]. This is to ensure consistency between reports and between inspectors.
The Inspection Report includes:
- Structural Systems
- Electrical Systems
- H.V.AC (Heating, Ventilation and A/C)
- Optional Systems
An Inspector may have affiliations with Inspector Organizations requiring a higher standard, but
the minimum standard must be met.
Optional systems, including sprinkler systems, pools and spas, additional buildings, etc., are
generally performed for additional fees.
A Home Inspector MUST be licensed and is required to maintain a minimum number of
Continuing Education hours on an annual basis. Many Home Inspectors exceed the minimum
The Buyer should make every effort to attend the Inspection; The entire inspection will be
documented, but there is no substitute for being there to ask questions to ensure an
understanding of the home to be purchased.