TIP #6 Hire a Home Inspector

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    ALWAYS, always, always have your home inspected before closing.

    • Hire an inspector licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission to perform the inspection.  The inspector has a list of required items that they are required to examine and will provide you will a comprehensive written report of their findings that includes pictures of all deficiencies.  Unfortunately, mistakes happen during construction and the time to identify the defiencies is before closing, when you still have leverage.
    • Have repairs completed before closing. Builders will have contractors return for touch up and small things that may have been missed after closing.  However, it is never wise to close without having all structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing concerns resolved before paying in full.