So many people buy a house and just move in, fill the fridge with their favorites and put up the big screen TV. The reality of owning a house is like owning a car where you need to check the tires and change the oil. With a house there are generally some things that should be… Read more »
There are two important things that I feel are necessary to do a really good Home Inspection. #1 is the house and #2 is the buyer. Having the buyer at the inspection is a good way for them to get to know the house better. Since I like to teach, I can teach them about… Read more »
Part of a home inspection involves an electrical inspection. What does an inspector look for during this part? Most homes have electricity coming into them via a service entrance cable from the street. The inspector checks this cable’s clearances, splices and supports. If there’s an exterior ground rod, the inspector will look to see what… Read more »
Many people wonder whether or not home appliances are checked during a home inspection. Babcock Home Inspections does check certain appliances– the ones considered “permanently installed appliances.” Essentially, permanently installed appliances are the ones that would generally stay in the home when it’s sold to someone new. Most are located in the kitchen. Babcock Home… Read more »
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Typical roofs in Texas can range from concrete flat tiles to Spanish style roofs to asphalt shingles. The lifespan ranges from 20 to 50 years. The more common roof coverings is asphalt shingles. The 3 tab shingles generally last 20 years. The heavier shingles known as architectural grade shingles can last 30 to 35 years…. Read more »
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“Have my house inspected before I sell it? Why would I do that?” is the typical response when a real estate agent or other housing expert suggests a seller hire a professional home inspector to come take a detailed look at their home and property before it’s “on the market.” So why would a seller… Read more »
Termites are real pests. They cause damages to homes, feeding on wood, paper, old books, and even insulation. The two most common types of Termites in San Antonio are Subterranean Termites and Drywood Termites. The first lives in the ground the second commonly lives in trees and can swarm in the exterior wood surfaces. The… Read more »
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Just like you’d want to know a little bit about a doctor who diagnoses you or a pastor who marries you, it’s a smart idea to know some info about a home inspector you choose to inspect a house you just might call home. The best inspectors have a construction background and a soft, patient… Read more »
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Surge protection is also known as outlet power strips that we plug many of our electronic devices into. These power strips help protect our electronic devices such as electronic clocks, computers, televisions, printers, microwave ovens, fax machines, water sprinkler controllers, electric tooth brushes, electronic displays on ovens, cell phone chargers etc. from power surges. Small electrical surges from lightning… Read more »
Recent rains have saturated the soil around our homes. Too much water has a negative effect on our foundations. The wetter the soil the more it raises the foundation. When the soil is dry the foundation sinks. Stopping water from getting under the house is very important. This applies to Slab homes, Pier and Beam…
Since 2001, Babcock Home Inspections has been assisting the homeowners of San Antonio, Texas and the surrounding areas with their real estate inspection services.
Home inspections are crucial for identifying all aspects of your home that may require repairs. These inspections include major appliances, roofing, siding, waterproofing, and the soundness of the structure. It is always important that you obtain a thorough inspection. After your inspection, you will have a better understanding of your home’s condition and the difference between the big problems and the small ones. We also like to point out some of the good things about the home.
Our pre-listing home inspection service focuses on identifying any trouble areas of a seller’s home that may concern potential buyers before putting the house on the market. For additional information, or if you would like to schedule a real estate inspection, call us at (210)325-2106.
Steps to take before selling your house
Typically a person that wants to sell their house and get the most money out of it and sell it as quickly as possible will get all the good advice that they can from the smartest people around.
Start with your Realtor and they will make suggestions on how to make your home look apealing outside and inside. Painting, cleaning, trimming trees, bushes and lawn.
Hire a home inspector to completely go through the house look for things that are broken, not functioning, need repairs or need replacing.
The inspector will look at the roof to see if it has problems that need to be repaired or maybe even replace the roof because of age or hail damage. The siding should be in good shape, no problems with water entry either through the walls, roof, sewer vent seals, doors or windows.
Look at the big appliances such as the air conditioner, furnace, water heater, stove, dishwasher or garbage disposal. These are usually considered big ticket items that a buyer will be very interested.
Take a proactive view of your home and service or repair anything that might discourage someone from buying your home. Clean up and get rid of the junk.
Both your Realtor and your Home Inspector can work with you to find all the conditions of your home and get them repaired before a buyer even steps into the home. First Impressions are very important. Remember that it is always easier to sell a nice clean home than it is a broken home