A home inspection is a limited (non-invasive) inspection of a property, performed by a licensed or certified inspector.

What happens during a home inspection?

The home inspector relies on his or her professional knowledge to rate the current condition of the home. It does not create a home warranty or guarantee future conditions, but can inform buyers about issues with the home.

A home inspection is not required by law; however, it cannot be stressed enough that a buyer should always ask for a home inspection prior to the sale.

Have one done prior to three to four days before the option period expires so that you have time to negotiate for any needed repairs.

How much does it cost?

In Texas, a home inspection usually costs about $350, plus an additional $75 if it includes a termite inspection.

Click here for a sample of a typical home inspection form. Please note, the format on the form varies by company and your paperwork might not be identical to the example.

Who orders the home inspection?

The buyer orders the home inspection, and should not waste any time ordering a home inspection.

Home Inspection Checklist

  • Foundation
  • Grading and drainage
  • Roof materials
  • Roof structure and attics
  • Exterior and interior walls
  • Ceilings and floors
  • Doors (interior and exterior)
  • Windows
  • Stairways
  • Fireplace and chimney
  • Porches, balconies, decks and carpets
  • Electrical system
  • Cooling and heating
  • Fixtures
  • Plumbing and fixtures
  • Ducts and vents
  • Drains, wastes and vents
  • Dishwashers
  • Food waste disposals
  • Ovens and cook tops
  • range hood exhaust systems
  • Microwave
  • Garage doors
  • Dyer exhaust
  • Washing machine connections

Click here to learn what the pros look for during a home inspection (this would NOT replace an actual home inspection performed by a professional).

Click here to learn how to prepare for a home inspection.