Existing Home Inspections (Buyers)

We perform an evaluation of the visible and accessible systems and components of the house and describe to you their condition. Our detailed written report lists areas of concern as well as suggestions for improvement. Armed with the information we provide you can confidently make your purchasing decisions.

Existing Home Inspections (Sellers)

To prepare for the inevitable property inspection that will be ordered by a prospective buyer, you may wish to be aware of your property’s condition. Major deficiencies noted during the buyer’s inspection may be used against you during the negotiation of the sale. Forewarned is forearmed.

We inspect all types of commercial properties including:

Office Buildings, Retail, Multi-Family, Apartments, Hotels, Motels, Restaurants, Light Industrial.

New Construction Inspections

These are commonly referred to as “New Construction”. Typically you will be purchasing directly from the builder/developer. Some builder/developers will try and talk you out of request to have an independent inspector evaluate the property, or claim inspections are not necessary, as the property was “built to code” and has already been inspected by local municipal (e.g. city, county) inspector. Bear in mind that the building code is the minimum standard and that most municipal inspectors are overworked and their inspections are actually quite cursory and abbreviated. Municipal inspectors do not operate fixtures, equipment and appliances, or mount and traverse roofs. We advise you to take an aggressive (pro-active) stand and under no circumstances allow the builder/developer to bully, intimidate, bluff or otherwise talk you out of an independent home inspection!

11th Month Warranty Inspections

The first year of a builder’s warranty period is particularly important as the builder has responsibility for a broader range of defects during the first 12 months after purchase. After a new home has been lived in for nearly a year, there can be signs of system or component malfunction, unusual wear and settlement which often go unnoticed by the homeowner. A licensed inspector can also help determine if the home is being used as intended. Often the inspector will make the home safer, prevent damage or otherwise prolong the service life of a system or component. Are the electrical safety components accessible? Are the landscaping, irrigation and drainage systems designed and installed to prevent damage to the home? Are there any leaks in the plumbing systems? Have upgrades or items you purchased from the Builder or third party adversely impacted the home? Was the concrete flatwork placed too high against the building? Have alterations negatively affected rainwater management and drainage controls? In addition to providing a safe refuge and shelter from the elements, your home is a substantial investment. An 11th month warranty inspection will help protect your investment as well as protect your family, guests and possessions.

Construction/Phase Inspections

Having your structure inspected during the construction process can prevent costly repairs later. Some builders require documentation before they will make changes suggested by you. Provide for your peace of mind by ensuring that the construction is done properly.

Types of Inspections Available:
Foundation: Slabs: Inspected just prior to concrete placement. All forms, reinforcement, and foundation penetrations are checked.

Pier and Beam: Piers, foundation framing, and subflooring is checked.

Open-Frame (Dried-In): All framing including bracing, cornice and decking complete, with windows and doors in place. Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical rough in completed.

Final: This inspection is when the home is substantially complete with all final connections completed and all utilities on. Grading and drainage should be completed.

What Our Buyer’s and Seller’s Home Inspections Include

Texas Professional Inspections will investigate all visible and readily accessible interior and exterior areas of the property. We will identify and determine the current condition of at least 1700 different system components in the average house, including, but not limited to:

  • Foundations
  • Monolithic Slabs-On-Grade
  • Post-Tension Slabs-On-Grade
  • Piered Slabs-On-Grade
  • Screeded Slabs-On-Grade
  • Pier and Beam
  • Walk-Out Basement Configuration
  • Full Basement Configuration
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Basements
  • Lot Drainage
  • Swale Configuration
  • French Drains
  • Ravine, Creek, Lake Lot Configurations
  • Retaining Walls and Drains
  • Roof Covering Type, Installation and Condition
  • Roof Flashings
  • Gutters and Downspouts
  • Roof Structure
  • Attics
  • Roof Framing
  • Roof Bracing
  • Roof Decking
  • Attic Insulation
  • Attic Ventilation
  • Attic Stair Units
  • Exterior Walls
  • Brick and Stone Veneer
  • Weep hole Placement
  • Lintel Sizing, Placement and Condition
  • Siding Installation and Condition
  • Exterior Paint Condition
  • Exterior Sealant Placement and Condition
  • Water Penetration
  • Interior Walls
  • Drywall Condition
  • Paneling Condition
  • Windowsill Condition
  • Stairs and Railings
  • Tread/Riser Sizing Ratio
  • Rail Height and Opening Requirements
  • Ceiling Condition
  • Floors
  • Tile Floor Condition
  • Doors
  • Door Condition
  • Door Operation
  • Door Hardware Condition
  • Door Fire Rating
  • Door Emergency Egress Requirements
  • Door Weatherstripping Placement and Condition
  • Garage Overhead Door Condition
  • Overhead Door Hardware Condition
  • Overhead Door Opener Condition
  • Opener Safety Device Requirements
  • Windows
  • Window Placement
  • Window Condition
  • Window Operation
  • Window Hardware Condition
  • Window Safety Glass Requirements
  • Window Thermal Pane Condition
  • Window Emergency Egress Requirements
  • Window Screen Condition
  • Decks
  • Deck Condition
  • Deck Handrails
  • Deck Steps
  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Patios
  • Balconies
  • Balcony Condition
  • Balcony Surface Drainage
  • Balcony Flashing
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Supply Plumbing Pressure Reading
  • Plumbing Fixture Condition and Operation
  • Shower Stall Condition
  • Shower Door Condition and Operation
  • DWV Piping Type, Sizing and Condition
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Heater Type, Sizing, Installation and Condition
  • Hydro-Therapy Tub Installation, Condition and Function
  • Electrical Systems
  • Service Entrance Type, Sizing and Condition
  • Main Distribution Panel Type and Condition
  • Circuit Breaker Type, Sizing and Condition
  • Arc-Fault Circuit Protection Devices
  • Ground-Fault Circuit Protection Devices
  • Sub-Panel Type and Condition
  • Receptacle Types, Spacing, and Function
  • Lighting Fixture Types, Location and Function
  • Fireplaces
  • Masonry Firebox and Chimney Sizing and Condition
  • Metal Firebox and Chimney Sizing and Condition
  • Flue Presence and Operation
  • Chimney Cap and Screen Condition
  • Gas Log Starter Condition and Operation
  • Chimney Fire Blocking
  • Chimney Fresh Air Inlets
  • Heating Equipment
  • Furnace Type, Installation and Condition
  • Air Conditioners
  • A/C type, Installation and Condition
  • Air Distribution Duct Installation and Condition
  • Built-In Appliances
  • Oven Type, Installation, Condition and Function
  • Range Type, Installation, Condition and Function
  • Cook top Type, Installation, Condition and Function
  • Dishwasher Installation, Condition and Function
  • Disposer Type, Installation, Condition and Function
  • Exhaust Fan Installation, Condition and Function
  • Bathroom Heater Installation, Condition and Function
  • Compactor Type, Installation, Condition and Function
  • Ice maker Installation, Condition and Function
  • Gas Leak Tests
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Sprinkler Control Panel Condition and Operation
  • Sprinkler Valve Operation
  • Sprinkler Anti-Siphon Device Type and Condition
  • Outdoor Cooking Equipment (Built-In)
Optional

Swimming Pools/Spas
Septic Systems – Tanks are accessed when possible and the system is functionally tested.
Wells – All components are inspected for proper installation and a water evaluation is performed. Bacteria test results take 24 hours.
Pools – All equipment is inspected for proper installation and functionally tested. The pool basin is evaluated for structural integrity.