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Inspections 101

General Overview

Inspections should take place in the first 7-10 days after the contract has been fully executed. If you don’t have preferred inspectors, The Garza Home Team at RE/MAX North San Antonio can not only recommended, but schedule highly skilled, experienced, and licensed inspectors that put your best interest first and can schedule them for the same day to save you time and money. Most inspections cost between $250-$650 depending on how in depth you want to go.

EMP (Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing)

The EMP is a basic home inspection which evaluates many components of the home including but not limited to all light switches, electrical outlets and main breaker, the water meter, water heater, duct system, ceiling fans, fireplace, oven and cook top, dishwasher, built-in microwave, trash compactor, all sink faucets, toilets, tubs and showers, the furnace, and the air conditioning system when weather permits. Windows, doors, and floor coverings (tile, carpet, etc.) are NOT included.


The inspection covers the main roof covering material only and will give buyers an estimate of how much life remains. Unless it is raining at time of inspection or there has been a recent heavy rain, it may not be possible to detect a roof leak.


A structural engineer can identify any visible distress indicating foundation settlement, i.e. structurally significant cracks in the slab, sheetrock cracks, veneer cracks, visible structural frame deficiencies, etc. and make recommendations for repair. It’s important to note that a general home inspector cannot evaluate and make the same recommendations as a structural engineer.


An engineer will evaluate the slope and grading of a yard to check that water freely exits the property to assure unrestricted, healthy, and environmentally safe use of land areas.

Termite & Wood Rot

An exterminating company will inspect your home and yard for troublesome rodents, insects, spiders and termites while also checking your property for any rotted wood or moisture damage.

Additional Inspections

Other popular inspections include the testing of the chimney, sprinkler system, septic system, pool and spa, as well as evaluating the crawl space (if applicable).  It is also important to note that the inspection only covers the main dwelling, therefore shops, detached garages, pool houses, and other structures are not included unless specifically requested and an additional fee will likely be applied.

Feel free to contact our team if you have any further questions.

We are looking forward to working with you and your family in the near future