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The Home Inspection Process:

Having your prospective home inspected can be one of the most important steps in the home buying process. Home inspections in Texas are governed by The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) where all inspectors are required to use a standard report form and follow a Standards of Practice.

The typical home inspection will last 3-4 hours and always depends on the size of the house, current condition of the property, weather conditions at the time of the inspection and any additional systems to be inspected. The five major systems of a home are: Structure, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, and Appliances. Within each of these major systems are many more items that will be inspected. Houses that are vacant can be easier to inspect since there are no personal belongings blocking the view of inspection. In occupied homes, the personal belongings of the current owner will NOT be moved which can limit some findings of the inspection process. Every attempt is made in an occupied or vacant house to give the client as much information regarding the current state of the property as possible. There are items that are NOT inspected as part of my home inspection. I would refer you to the Service Agreement tab to review the document for additional information.

I use the Standards of Practice as a minimum guideline for inspecting a house. Regularly I will add comments to the inspection report that are recommendations and general FYI knowledge. The inspection report and process are not meant to overwhelm or scare you, and your presence during or at the end of the inspection is very important for you to comprehend the findings of the inspection.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As part of a home inspection I DO NOT inspect the following:Temperature Pressure Relief Valves (TPRV) on water heaters, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, clay or concrete tile roofs, pools/spas/ septic or well systems, washing machine and refrigerator water control valves in vacant homes. Condo inspections encompass only the interior of the unit. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this disclosure.