You deserve to know about a potential new home in detail before the closing. A       Diligent inspection provides Insight to the property. Call 281-480-3388       for an appointment.


What is covered in a general inspection?

Inspections include all major systems of the home:

All houses have a number of identifiable assets and defects. The inspection identifies these and helps you understand what is cosmetic, normal wear, routine maintenance, excessive wear, poor workmanship, poor quality material or inferior design.

What Do I Inspect?

I inspect items as based on the guidelines from the Texas Real Estate Commission, and the International Residential code. The following categories are listed. 

    • Foundations and Drainage  

    • Roof Covering roof sheathing, roof penetrations, soffit and fascia, flashing, skylights, guttering

    • Roof Structure and Attic  roof framing, insulation, plumbing, ventilation, 

    • Walls ( Interior and Exterior) siding and trim

    • Ceilings and Floors (including Stairs) 

    • Doors (Interior and Exterior) 

    • Windows

    • Fireplace / Chimney 

    • Porches, Decks and Carports (Attached)  

    • Other   

    • Service Entrance and Panels service equipment, wiring, sub panels

    • Branch Circuits  light fixtures, ceiling fans, switches & receptacles, gfci breakers


    • Heating Equipment and heat pump equipment, electrical supply, furnace equipment,  

    • Cooling Equipment:  air conditioning, air handler condenser and evaporator coils, condensate drain

    • Ducts and Vents  supply and return ducting

    • Water Supply System and Fixtures   water supply piping, hose bibs, fixtures, toilets, sinks, showers and tubs

    • Drains, Wastes, Vents waste and vent piping

    • Water Heating Equipment 

    • Hydro-Therapy Equipment

    • Dishwasher

    • Food Waste Disposer

    • Range Hood

    • Ranges/Ovens/ Cook tops

    • Microwave Cooking Equipment (Built in)

    • Trash Compactor

    • Bathroom Exhaust Fans and/or Heaters

    • Whole House Vacuum Systems 

    • Garage Door Operators

    • Door Bell and Chimes

    • Dryer Vents 

    • Other Built-in Appliances  

    • Lawn Sprinklers electrical, visible piping and sprinklers, basic operation

    • Swimming Pools and Equipment pool interior finish, decking, visible piping, electrical, pump, filter, screen enclosure

    • Outbuildings (detached garages, sheds, barns, work shops etc.)

    • Outdoor Cooking Equipment 

    • Gas Lines

    • Water Wells

    • Septic Systems

    • Fire Protection

    • Telephone outlets

    • Additional Information helpful to clients such as fences and intercom lines.

    • The above is just a partial listing -- 100’s of  items are observed during the course of the inspection.  *various limitations apply.


All the  inspections are performed in compliance with the rules of the Texas Real Estate Commission. The inspection is of conditions that are present and visible at the time of the inspection and all the equipment are operated within the manufacturer’s specifications. Safety issues are of special concern. Generally small cosmetic defects are not described. The inspector will report items in need of repair or of concern for maintenance. The inspector will only inspect those items accessible and will not dismantle appliances, pull back carpets, move furniture, or enter small enclosed area where they do not meet code compliance. I will not give cost estimates for items in need of repair however may suggest additional analysis by specialists should conditions warrant.

A very important service offered by some of the more professional inspectors is a review and comparison of the Seller's Property Condition Disclosure Statement and the inspector's report. In the past, it was the finding of the Home Inspector which some buyers used in their negotiations with the seller. Today, with seller's disclosure, it is the difference between what is disclosed and what the inspector finds. The difference is often huge. You want the seller's disclosures because they are important, BUT, the review of the two is even more important. The inspector is best qualified to perform this review. Most disclosure statements are not very informative or accurate.

Identifying parts of the structure

1. Chimney:  A vertical masonry shaft of reinforced concrete or other approved, noncombustible, heat: resisting material enclosing one or more flues, it removes the products of combustion from solid, liquid or gaseous fuel.

2. Flue Liner:  The flue is the hole in the chimney. The liner, usually of terra cotta protects the brick from harmful smoke gases.

3 Chimney Cap: This top is generally of concrete. It protects the brick from weather.

4. Chimney Flashing:  Sheet metal flashing provides a tight joint between chimney and roof.

5. Firebrick: An ordinary brick cannot withstand the heat of direct fire, so special firebrick is used to line the fireplace.

6. Ash Dump: A trap door to let the ashes drop to a pit below, from where they may be easily removed.

7. Cleanout Door: The door to the ash pit or the bottom of a chimney through which the chimney can be cleaned.

8. Chimney Breast: The inside face or front of a fireplace chimney.

9. Hearth: The floor of a fireplace that extends into the room for safety purposes.

10. Ridge: The top intersection of two opposite adjoining roof surfaces.

11. Ridge Board: The board that follows along under the ridge.

12. Roof Rafters: The structural members that support the roof.

13. Collar Beam: It is a tie that keeps the roof from spreading. Connects similar rafters on opposite side of roof.

14. Roof Insulation: An insulating material (usually rock wool or fiberglass) in a blanket form placed between the roof rafters for the purpose of keeping a house warm in the winter, cool in the summer.

15. Roof Sheathing: The boards that provide the base for the finished roof.

16. Roofing: The wood, asphalt or asbestos shingles: or tile, slate or metal: that form the outer protection against the weather.

17. Cornice: A decorative element made up of molded members usually placed at or near the top of an exterior or interior wall.

18. Gutter: The trough that gathers rainwater from a roof.

19. Downspout: The pipe that leads the water down from the gutter.

20. Storm Sewer Tile: The underground pipe that receives the water from the downspouts and carries it to the sewer.

21. Gable: The triangular end of a building with a sloping roof.

22. Barrage Board: The fascia or board at the gable just under the edge of the roof.

23. Louvers: A series of slanted slots arranged to keep out rain, yet allow ventilation.

24. Corner Post: The vertical member at the corner of the frame, made up to receive inner and outer covering materials.

25. Studs: The vertical wood members of the house, usually 2, x 4, generally spaced every 16sinches1.

26. Sill: The board that is laid first on the foundation and on which the frame rests.

27. Plate: The board laid across the top ends of the studs to hold them even and rigid.

28. Corner Bracing: Diagonal strips to keep the frame square and plumb.

29. Sheathing: The first layer of outer wall covering nailed to the studs.

30. Joist: The structural members or beams that hold up the floor or ceiling, usually 2, x 10: or 2"x 12, spaced 16 inches apart.

31. Bridging: Cross bridging or solid. Members at the middle or third points of joist spans to brace one to the next and to prevent their twisting.

32. Sub: flooring: The rough boards that are laid over the joist; usually laid diagonally.

33. Flooring Paper: A felt paper laid on the rough floor to stop air infiltration and, to some extent, noise.

34. Finish Flooring: Usually hardwood, of tongued and grooved strips.

35. Building Paper: Paper placed outside the sheath

Diligent Inspections represents the interests of families purchasing homes. You need to have your property inspected before closing to safeguard your interests. The inspection report and review give you a change to have your "eyes open" in relation to the property conditions. Call (281) 480-3388 now to set up an appointment.
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