A typical inspection includes examinations of foundation,
structure, roof, roof structure, heating and air-conditioning
equipment, plumbing and electrical systems, built-in appliances,
safety glass, stairs, water penetration issues, and insulation
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
Estate Commission Inspection Standards effective September
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.
It may be convenient to have the wood destroying organism
inspection done at the same time.
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 is usually e-mailed to designated parties. The report used is the new TREC Standard Form 7-5.
start at $375, and depend on overall square footage, number of
stories, and age of the home. The typical one story house, up to
three bedrooms, usually runs $425. Pier and Beam structures and
two story homes cost more. Call (713) 528-1848 for a
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We do not perform inspections for lead paint, asbestos, PCBs,
and other potential environmental hazards, such as mold, as part
of a regular TREC inspection. You will be provided with a list of
non-inspected items at time of inspection, or 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
obtain a written report.
We no longer do seller
inspections, also known as pre-listing inspections. We
prepare detailed reports, which are disclosed to any prospective
buyer, and we do not wish to burden a seller with a report of
Relocation inspections. If you are moving to the Houston
area we would be pleased to provide you with an examination of
your new home.
We perform low-frequency EMF (electromagnetic field)
inspections, upon specific request. Call for more
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If you have questions or issues about the activities of a license holder, the complaint process or the recovery funds, please visit the website or contact TREC at:
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