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.
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:
Pier and Beam
Walk-Out Basement Configuration
Full Basement Configuration
Ravine, Creek, Lake Lot Configurations
Retaining Walls and Drains
Roof Covering Type, Installation and Condition
Gutters and Downspouts
Attic Stair Units
Brick and Stone Veneer
Weep hole Placement
Lintel Sizing, Placement and Condition
Siding Installation and Condition
Exterior Paint Condition
Exterior Sealant Placement and Condition
Stairs and Railings
Tread/Riser Sizing Ratio
Rail Height and Opening Requirements
Tile Floor Condition
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
Window Hardware Condition
Window Safety Glass Requirements
Window Thermal Pane Condition
Window Emergency Egress Requirements
Window Screen Condition
Balcony Surface Drainage
Supply Plumbing Pressure Reading
Plumbing Fixture Condition and Operation
Shower Stall Condition
Shower Door Condition and Operation
DWV Piping Type, Sizing and Condition
Water Heater Type, Sizing, Installation and Condition
Hydro-Therapy Tub Installation, Condition and Function
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
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
Furnace Type, Installation and Condition
A/C type, Installation and Condition
Air Distribution Duct Installation and Condition
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 Control Panel Condition and Operation
Sprinkler Valve Operation
Sprinkler Anti-Siphon Device Type and Condition
Outdoor Cooking Equipment (Built-In)
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.