Austin Structural Inspections and the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (TAREI) warns buyers to have a foreclosure home inspected just as diligently as inspecting a home where the occupant homeowner is available — maybe more so. Sellers are required to disclose all known significant defects. But, if a foreclosure home is owned by a bank, the bank has never lived in the property, so it is not likely there will be very much information on any disclosure statements. In this situation, it is especially important to take the necessary steps to know the true condition of the property. We inspect all homes in Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Buda, Kyle, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, Manor, Bastrop and surrounding communities.
Most Home in the Austin area usually go into foreclosure because the owner can no longer afford the mortgage payments. As a result, maintenance and repairs get neglected as well. It is critical that buyers know the condition of the structure and all the major systems. A Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (TAREI) Certified Inspector can provide that information.
Even if the bank is unwilling to negotiate over any discovered defects, the information the buyer receives from a thorough home inspection is invaluable in making an informed decision. And even if there are plans to do significant remodeling, why risk discovering problems with the furnace, foundation or structure after you close escrow and begin work? Better to eliminate any big surprises and know up front by getting a detailed home inspection following recognized standards of practice.
Homebuyers and sellers are urged to retain the services of qualified inspectors trained and experienced in home inspection. It is also very important that the inspector be a member of a well-founded professional association such as TAREI. TAREI is a statewide professional organization formed in 1977 with a current membership of over 750 Texas State Licensed inspectors and related professionals. TAREI inspectors must adhere to TAREI’s Code of Ethics and follow the Standards of Practice developed and maintained by the Association.