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Inspection Services

There are many times when an inspection can give you an advantage. If you are buying a home, getting a home inspection means you know about any problems and their solutions before you move in. If you are selling a home, getting a home inspection means you know you are complying with full disclosure laws, and means you can consider selecting contractors rather than waiting for the buyer to do so. If you have recently purchased a new home from a builder and the "warranty" is about to expire, a home inspection by a professional can let you know whether the builder/contractor did the job correctly.
 
I offer a wide-range of inspections, including:
 
  • Phase Inspection
  • New Home Inspection
  • Pre-Listing Inspection
  • Warranty Inspection
  • Previously-Built Inspection

 

Phase Inspection
More and more folks are building new homes both in the country and the city. Usually, there are no building inspectors that service rural areas and often building inspectors in the city are overworked and stretched thin. HomeSafe offers a great service called "Phase Inspections". I visit the building site during and when key phases of the project are completed. For example, wouldn't it be comforting to have a second pair of eyes look at the rough plumbing before the slab is poured? I visit the home site multiple times during various phases of construction.

Phase inspections can discover key concerns before its too late.  Some common items include:
  • Improperly flashed windows
  • Failure to use cement board when building shower and tub surrounds
  • Plumbing in the wrong place - can be caught at the rough plumbing stage when it’s easy to change
  • Improperly framed attics and roof structures
  • Light fixtures in the wrong place

New Home Inspection
Because the quality of new construction is often not what it used to be some years ago, many buyers have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including slab, frame, and final inspection. This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality home that you’ve dreamed about.

Pre-Listing Inspection
Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a realtor, it’s always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. Some important reasons for having a pre-listing inspection, include:
  • Seeing your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
  • Gaining a more realistic perspective when pricing your home.
  • Addressing problems now and making the necessary repairs to avoid negotiating “roadblocks” later.
  • Avoiding delay in obtaining your Use and Occupancy permit.
  • Reducing your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
  • Alerting you to immediate safety issues before potential buyer’s tour your home.

 

Warranty Inspection

The majority of new homes sold today come with a builder's warranty. A comprehensive inspection prior to the warranty expiring can provide information that will enable to homeowner to provide documented evidence that repairs may be warranted. A "before the warranty runs out" inspection is conducted using the standards of practice used to inspect any home prior to purchase. You will be provided an official Texas Real Estate Property report that will list in detail the items that "need repair." The details, if necessary, will be supported by digital pictures so demonstrating to the builder exactly what is incorrect will be simple. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road.

 

Previously-Built Inspection
The best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have a professional home inspection. Home inspectors are trained to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate attention.

Let me spot the problems (new and old), before you commit to such a major investment and decision. A trained professional, I have seen it all and will provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. Homeowners can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer’s inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs.