Logo, Clear Sight Inspections, PLLC - Home Inspection Services
(903) 312-7535
 Tyler, TX 75707

Frequently Asked Questions

We try to anticipate questions you might have about our Home Inspection Service and provide the answers here. If you need additional information send email to David@clearsightinspections.com .


Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?


The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property.

If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and take preventative measures which might avoid costly repairs in the future. If you are planning to sell your home on the market, you may wish to have an inspection performed prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of the conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in a better selling position. Having an inspection will help you comply with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property.


Can I Do It Myself?


Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and years of expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction and remains completely objective and unemotional about the home.


  Can A Home Inspection Fail?


NO! A professional home inspection is an examination of the condition of the home on the day it is inspected; it is not an appraisal, which determines market value or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance, but rather describes its visible physical condition and indicates what may need major repairs in the near future.

No house is perfect or problem-free. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. His findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if unforeseen major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.


  Do I Have To Be There?


It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended. You will be able to accompany the inspector and ask questions directly as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you've seen the property firsthand through the inspectors eyes.


  Does a newly constructed home have to be inspected?


Building a new home is a tremendously complex endeavor that involves the coordination of many, many contractors. Each contractor is working on different parts and systems of the house (sometimes simultaneously). For all builders, in any price bracket and with any reputation, things will be missed. Clear Sight Inspection Services specializes in new home and end-of-builder-warranty inspections. We will identify (minor and major) problems so that the builder can correct them prior to your closing.


  How long does a home inspection take?


Most inspections take about two to three hours onsite and two additional hours to complete the report. These times may vary depending on the size, age, and condition of the home.


  When should I contact the home inspector?


The real estate contract usually includes an option period during which you can have the home inspected. It is prudent to contact an inspector immediately after acceptance of your offer. It is very common for the buyer to procrastinate, wait until the last minute and have to choose an inspector based on their being able to perform the inspection immediately. Good inspectors are busy; contact them as soon as possible to secure a top professional.