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WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?




Buying, selling, building, or staying in the property you own, a property inspection just makes good sense! Understanding the condition of the systems and components of a house is critical when it comes to purchase, repair, or maintenance decisions.

A professional property inspection is an impartial third party visual evaluation of the physical structure, foundation, electrical, plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, roof, built in appliances, interior and exterior walls, doors and windows.

Upon completion, you will receive a State of Texas mandated formal report detailing the conditions of each element inspected.

The Texas licensing entity for inspectors, real estate agents, and warranty companies is: http://www.trec.state.tx.us/

 Inspectors are required to perform inspections on certain components (as a minimum). This is known as the Standards of Practice and can be found at: http://www.trec.state.tx.us/pdf/rules/trecrules.pdf
(starts on page 75 under section §535.227)


Inspectors are required to use a certain report format to convey this information to the client: http://www.trec.state.tx.us/pdf/forms/insp/REI-7A-0-PropertyInspectonReport.PDF




What does an inspection cover?

Professional inspectors operate the components of a home within their normal operating ranges.

Every function of a home should operate within normally accepted tolerances, such as:

Structural Systems
Foundation Opinion
Grading and Drainage 
Roof covering
Roof Structure and Attic
Walls
Ceilings and Floors
Doors
Windows
Fireplace/Chimney
Porches/Decks/Carports
Electric
Service Entrance and Panels
Branch Circuits
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Sytems
Heating Equipment
Cooling Equipment
Ducts and Vents
Plumbing System
Water Supply System and Fixtures
Drains, Wastes, Vents 
Water Heating Equipment
Hydrotherapy Equipment
Appliances
Dishwasher
Food Waste Disposal
Range Hood
Ranges/Ovens/Cooktops
Microwave Cooking Equipment
Trash Compactor
Bath Exhaust Fans and/or Heaters
Whole House Vacuum Systems
Garage Door Openers
Door Bells and Chimes
Dryer Vents
Optional Inspections:
(since these are not found in every home, they are not normally priced into the above inspection fess please inform your inspector if you want these inspected as well so that he or she can supply proper pricing. Your inspector may refer you to company specializing in these inspections.)

Lawn Sprinklers
Swimming Pools and Equipment
Outbuildings
Outdoor Cooking Equipment
Gas Lines
Water Wells
Septic Systems
Security Systems
Fire Protection Equipment
Examples of additional inspections you may choose to perform on your anticipated purchase.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection
Well and Septic Inspection
Mold Inspection/testing
Lead Paint Inspection
Water testing
Asbestos Inspection

All home inspectors are required to be licensed by the State of Texas and are requested to follow the Standards of Practices covering minimum inspection requirements set by the State.


Are the Codes part of this inspection?

The definition of codes is the minimum building practices allowed to make a structure safe, sound, and sanitary. To the extent that is allowed, obviously our standards and inspections are based on accepted practices. But a home inspection covering complete adherence to code is not possible due to the nature of the constraints of this inspection. Much of the structure is covered disallowing visual inspection. The inspection is non-invasive because the property may not be owned by the inspector nor by the client.


A true code inspection would encompass greater invasive procedures and would cost many times more than this inspection.


This inspection is termed a visual performance inspection and involves the components listed above.

"If the walls could talk" is always the wish, but inspectors are trained to "read" what the "walls" have to say.