We don’t want to just ‘inspect the property’ and provide the report. We truly believe in offering home buyers, business owners and Real Estate professionals the support they need to make the best decisions they can – when buying a property.  It’s important to educate buyers an help them by offering real solutions and strategies to making smart choices with repairs or code updates as well as offering honest feedback as to the condition and quality of the property.  It’s added value for our clients – for us to be a partner in your property purchase.

It’s why we’re Collin County’s choice in property inspectors.

Here’s a few frequently asked questions about property inspections – and some answers to help you get started.


What if the inspectors find problems during the property inspection?

First of all, it’s important to remember that virtually no home is perfect. If your home inspector does identify some problems during the home inspection, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect.

What’s more, you may be able to negotiate the purchase price of the home with the seller if significant problems are found, which will help you offset the required repair costs.

Do I need to be present during the property inspection?

Technically, no, but would love for you to be there – and we highly recommend that you attend, for several reasons:

  • You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly.
  • You will learn, first-hand, about the condition of the home and become familiar with all its features and components.
  • You will get to know how various systems work, and how to maintain them.

If for any reason you cannot attend the home inspection, you can still rest easy knowing that your licensed Grissom Inspection Sevices professional will provide you with a comprehensive, written report describing the inspection and its findings. However, there’s simply no substitute for actually being there while the home inspection takes place. Make time to be there!

When is the proper time to perform a property inspection?

A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement with the seller has been signed, and, depending on the home inspector’s schedule, is often available within a day or two.

However, before you sign any agreements with the seller, be sure that there is a home inspection clause is inserted in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Can a home ‘fail’ an inspection?

Realistically speaking, no. A home inspection is merely a thorough examination of the home’s current condition. It is neither an appraisal (which determines market value) nor a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. Most home inspection professionals, therefore, will not “pass” or “fail” a house, but will accurately and objectively describe its physical condition and indicate potential problems or concerns.

What is the cost of a home inspection?

The fee for a typical one-family home inspection varies geographically, much like the cost of the property itself. Other cost factors include the size and features of the house, its age, and additional considerations such as optional testing.

It’s always a good idea to compare prices from several different home inspection services in your area, paying close attention to exactly what is included with the price. When comparing inspection services, it’s important to remember that the lowest-priced inspection companies is not the best choice. Keep in mind, most home inspection companies do the bare minimum when it comes to what they inspect. The bare minimum meaning what’s required by the State. So, ask the inspector questions; for example, do you inspect the foundation, if so, how? Next, check the home inspection professional’s qualifications, including his experience, training, professional affiliations, and most importantly his licensing status and professional certifications to make sure he/she is a “Professional Home Inspector” when making your decision.

Why is a professional home inspection important?

The purchase of a home is one the largest single investments you will ever make. With that in mind, it is extremely important that you learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the possible need for any major repairs before making the purchase. A home inspection by a Certified “Professional Home Inspector” helps minimize the possibility of unpleasant surprises, unexpected costs and post-purchase headaches.

It’s important to remember that a reputable home inspection company will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the home inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, giving you confidence and peace of mind

What’s more, a home inspection is not just for new homebuyers. For existing homeowners, a home inspection may be considered in order to identify problems in the making, and to learn important preventive measures to avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you also may wish to have a home inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s home inspection, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

What is included with a home inspection?

During a home inspection, the inspector will review the readily accessible exposed portions of the structure of the home, including the roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, and foundation, as well as the heating/air conditioning systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems for potential problems.

Keep in mind that a home inspection is not intended to point out every small problem or invisible/latent defect in a home. Most minor or cosmetic flaws, for example, should be apparent to the buyer without the aid of a professional.

What is a home inspection?

A standard home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building, much like a physical exam that your doctor may perform on you. However, it should be clearly understood that a home inspection is not to be confused with an appraisal, building code inspection, a guarantee of any kind, and/or an insurance policy on the condition of the property.