A typical inspection includes examinations of foundation, structure, roof, roof structure, heating and air-conditioning equipment, plumbing and electrical systems, and the built-in appliances.All inspections are performed by George Szontagh, who holds Texas Real Estate Inspector License (Professional Level) #2212. George has been doing licensed inspections since 1990, and is the 2012 Membership Vice-President of A.S.C.A. here in Houston. A.S.C.A. is a local inspector organization dedicated to improvement and education of professional inspectors. George is also a longtime member of the Houston Association of Real Estate Inspectors (H.A.R.E.I., Inc.); the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors ( T.A.R.E.I.); the Texas Professional Real Estate Inspectors Association (TPREIA}; is a Residential Combination Inspector, certified by the International Code Council (#5186978-R5); and an IRC Residential Energy Inspector/ Plans Examiner (Cert. # 5144482).
The purpose of the inspection is to detect and report on deficiency conditions at a particular home. There is no law that says that a house has to be in perfect order, and typically an inspection will reveal problems, usually minor, which should be repaired. Inspectors also note obvious safety hazards. Our reports follow the Texas Real Estate Commission Inspection Standards effective Feb.1, 2009.
The buyer should decide on an inspector, set an appointment, and tell the real estate agent (or seller) when the home needs to be opened for inspection. Typical inspections take from 3-4 hours.
If the home is vacant, it is important that all utilities, such as electricity, gas, and water, are turned on. Otherwise the inspector cannot check some of the systems in the home.
Ideally the buyer would be present for the inspection. Often the inspector will explain or discuss certain aspects of the home for the buyer's general knowledge, and such discussion will not be in the written report.
A written report will be provided within 12 hours of the inspection, and can be faxed, e-mailed, and/ or mailed to designated parties. The report used is the new TREC Standard Form 7-2.
start at $395, and depend on overall square
number of stories, and age of the home. The typical one story house, up
to three bedrooms, usually runs $450. Pier and Beam structures and two
story homes cost more. Call (713) 528-1848 for a quotation
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We do not perform inspections for lead paint, asbestos, PCBs,
and other potential
hazards, such as mold, as
part of a regular TREC inspection. You
be provided with a list of non-inspected items at time of inspection,
you may request a fax or e-mail copy in advance.
We do not perform inspections for Mold.
Effective January 1,
2005, persons conducting mold assessment or mold remediation in Texas,
unless exempt, are required to be licensed. Further information
regarding licensees and mold-related matters can be found here at the Texas Department
of State Health Services.
We do not do water well and septic system inspections. We would be pleased to refer you to inspectors who specialize in these matters.
We do not inspect pools or outdoor spas. We recommend
that you hire an established pool company to do an inspection, and
a written report.
Inspections during and at the completion of new construction or major renovation work on a home. Municipal inspectors cannot be expected to ensure that a contractor has fulfilled all of the specifications of a particular project, particularly if life/safety codes are not involved.
Relocation inspections. If you are moving to the Houston area
we would be pleased to provide you with an examination of your new
We perform EMF (electromagnetic field) inspections, upon specific
request. Call for more information.
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Updated: July 25 2012
TREC Inspector License #2212
issued in 1990 AD by the Texas Real Estate Commission
|This firm is licensed and
regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). TREC administers
two recovery funds which may be used to satisfy judgments against
inspectors and real estate licensees involving a violation of the law.
Complaints or inquiries should be directed to: Texas Real Estate
Commission, P.O. Box 12188, Austin TX 78711-2188. (512) 465-3960.
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