Qualifying the Home Inspector
Qualifications to Perform Real
Estate Inspections in Texas
To perform home inspections in Texas, you must
either be a licensed professional engineer or a licensed home inspector under
the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). Home inspectors licensed under the TREC
are licensed at three different levels, depending upon their qualifications. The
only one worth mentioning is the professional level. The client may not a truly
professional level of service from an apprenticed inspector.
Professional Real Estate Inspector:
- Minimum of 12 months licensed as a real estate
- Performed a minimum of 175 inspections as a
real estate inspector under the indirect supervision of a sponsoring
- Completed 38 additional classroom hours of
TREC approved education.
What Does it Take to Be a Good
To be a good home inspector, one needs to have an
understanding of basic construction practices and mechanical systems and basic
solid mechanics. In addition to understanding how buildings are constructed and
how the systems work, an inspector must have a talent for making observations
which provide indications of problems or potential problems. It is not required
that one have an engineering degree or have been a contractor for twenty years
to be a good inspector, although the principles learned from such education and
experience are exceptionally valuable. A qualified home inspector, is a generalist
who knows how a home's many systems and components work together and how they
stand the test of time. These skills are of little value if an
inspector does not have the skills necessary to issue a quality computer
generated inspection report. A good inspector has people and leadership skills
to handle the problems that can arise when differing opinions arise and require
|My first home inspection was in 1967!
That's when I worked with 3 uncles during the
summer breaks of high school. They were general contactors that built new
homes, bought and renovated old ones and did the whole construction
procedures. I paid my dues also by doing the carpentry, laying asphalt and
cement, building forms, handling the drainage with a shovel and a variety
of heavy equipment such as front end loaders, pavers, bull dozers and graders.
|I have finished my formal education
(for now) by getting a BSME degree. I did pure "pure design engineering" for
25+ years. This included engineering design, code compliance and
forensic investigations and included many thousands of industrial and
commercial projects. I choose not to renew a P.E. license due to the
litigious politics associated with corporate "stamping" project drawings.
After getting tired of the maximized profit driven corporate push and
shove (whoever has the gold makes the rules mentality) I decided to become
my own boss. As an active consumer advocate, I represent the
interests of the general public especially related to safety concerns.
Building codes were created originally to protect the consumer from faulty
facilities. This extends broadly to support of the Jimmy Carter Habitat
for Humanity Project. There are luckily also some really good very
professional inspectors in the business. I consider myself one, but never
a "king of the hill" because it's all a learning process for everyone of
us. It would be a pleasure to provide a quality inspection service to you
because you deserve a quality service to protect your interests.