It's In Your Interest to read these sections. 

  • Self-inspections don't reveal all of the home's secrets and all inspections and inspectors are definitely not alike. Compare for yourself. Like other professions there are good professionals and others who are not as Diligent.

  • Buyers have many tools at their disposal to help them in their decision to buy a home. Ultimately, the final decision is the buyers to make. The inspection help clear up matters related to the conditions of the property.

  • One of the most important aspects of a Building Inspection is how efficient the individual inspector is organized for expediting the physical inspection of buildings. A well developed plan for the day's work helps building inspectors permit us to make more complete in the inspection work. Providing more complete inspections will improve code compliance and decrease the number of mistakes, resulting in a drop of problems.

    Many building departments will issue building permits to the owner of property who desires to construct or alter a structure. The owner ordinarily has no special qualifications and in most cases is one who does not realize the hazards connected with construction. He will perform and be responsible for an important job without adequate credentials. The desire to make additional profit or the misunderstanding on the part of a contractor or builder may lead to the existence of hazardous conditions on the job. Quality field inspection is the only means available for discovering and remedying these hazardous conditions. The best engineering design and the most competent plans check is made useless unless a competent inspector makes a thorough field inspection.

    Mastery of  techniques in this area gives inspectors an approach to the daily work load and an efficient solution to problems.

     

  • Why Every Homebuyer Should Have An Inspection.

    Your home is usually your biggest investment. A home inspection helps to assure your investment is a wise and happy one. Becoming aware of exactly what you are buying can help ease the anxiety associated with purchasing a home. Inspection by an experienced professional will bring you peace of mind. Even if no problems are found, a home inspection gives you the chance to talk to a knowledgeable professional about your new home. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions you may have about the operation and maintenance of the house.

    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.

    As a general rule any purchase of a home or other building should be contingent upon an inspection and the Buyer's satisfaction as to the condition of the property.  Unless the Buyer is very experienced and knowledgeable he won't be able to identify defects, some of which are easily fixed but which can cause significant damage if left unattended.  Additionally, most Buyers do not want to crawl around under a house poking at the wood, checking the foundation, and looking for leaky pipes.  I will do a thorough check inside and outside and give you a detailed written report.  Meet me at the property, watch what I do and ask questions.  Consider doing a pre-inspection tour yourself and take notes about things that you see.  then, ask me about those specific items.

    To help sell the property it may be helpful to have an inspection prior to putting it on the market.  That way you  minimize the risk of unpleasant surprises which might cause a lost sale.  It is important that a property not have significant defects when a Buyer comes to look.  Finally, a good inspector might give you hints and tips to make your property more attractive.  Inspectors look at lots of homes and they see which ones sell and they know why.

    Ask to look at the type of report you will receive and see how complete and detailed it is.  Ask about the nature and extent of the inspection that is going to be done.  You need someone who is going to be impartial, Diligent and thorough.


    Home inspection services are normally contracted by a potential purchaser of a residential property with the purpose of determining the current condition of that property. Inspections on homes is a relatively new service that has become standard practice in only the last 8 to 10 years. Prior to the existence and use of home inspectors, most home inspection services were provided in a minimal way by contractors in specific fields, such as air conditioning contractors, plumbers, electricians, and general contractors. The problem with having inspections performed by such contractors was that they were not in the normal business of providing documentation as to the condition of an asset. In many cases, a foundation, roof, or mechanical system may, in fact, function and may not require significant repair but may be in a poor condition or display a need for increased maintenance that is not reflected in the information provided by a specific trade inspection. In addition, there is a significant benefit to hiring a single individual who can provide information on many different systems. As a result of this need, property inspection professionals began providing inspection services. In the state of Texas, home inspection services are primarily performed by real estate inspectors licensed under the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and licensed professional engineers, with most of the home inspections performed in Texas by licensed real estate inspectors.


    Description Of Typical Services

    TREC licensed inspectors are required to follow a minimum scope in their inspection. Although this scope can be increased by the inspector, many average inspectors provide inspections of a similar minimum scope. The significant systems considered in a typical inspection are the foundation, roof, structure, maintenance items, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, and electrical systems. A client will most often find the differences between inspection services in the level of detail, the quality of the written report, and the quality of the customer service.

    Services provided by most home inspection companies licensed by the TREC are limited to pre-purchase inspections. Items required to be included in a typical inspection report include information and an opinion regarding the condition of the foundation, structure, roof, general maintenance items, built-in appliances, air conditioning and heating, and electrical systems. The scope of a typical home inspection includes items which are readily visible without moving items or performing significant disassembly of equipment or structure inspected. In some cases, inspectors are not allowed to significantly disassemble equipment due to the lack of state licenses, such is the case with electrical or air conditioning equipment. This also prevents the possibility of damage to the property being inspected. The purpose of such an inspection is to provide information as to the overall condition of the property being evaluated. It should be understood by clients that this does not necessarily include recommendations for any repairs to a property unless that was specifically contracted for.

    Engineering firms which provide home inspection services are not required to follow the TREC standards of practice, although in some cases they do. Such firms often have a very wide variety of additional inspection services in addition to standard pre-purchase home inspections. 

    The services provided by real estate inspectors are priceless and, in a significant number of cases, provide information on the condition of property that more than justify even the highest of inspection fees.

    There is more to buying to a house than signing papers at the closing. This is only a brief summary of some of the things to look for when buying or in some cases not buying a house. Some of the sections that must be looked at are the yard, electrical system, foundation, basement, roof, kitchen, attic and plumbing.

    When looking at a potential home there are many things to consider before walking in the door. What kind of neighborhood is the house located in? You should find out if the house is in an industrial area, has heavy traffic, or crime.


    You may now agree that buying a new home may be the biggest investment you�ll ever make. Although the process is exciting it quickly becomes overwhelming. While the home you have selected may appear to be just what you�re looking for, how can you be sure there aren�t potentially serious unknown defects which can make your investment in your future a costly one. This is especially true when others are working against your best interests. You need to have confidence in everyone in the process. Having your new home professionally inspected by our company as early as possible in the buying process can save you thousands of dollars on items which you may be able to have the seller or builder correct. My company is dedicated to providing you with valuable information about your new home. I thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose unknown defects and advise you about future maintenance about your home once the purchase is complete. My company will give you the information you require to make an informed decision. I have tried to make all comments positive, but more importantly the statements are true and accurate although based on personal viewpoints that are based on experience. The comments are given as educational in nature and are not intended as unprofessional in nature.


As a home inspector, I know the basics of construction as presented in this guide.  Because structural problems can be severe and expensive, the home buyer is highly interested in your findings.  Serious problems can have a huge impact on the negotiations and closing of the sale.  The customer depends on you for help in providing a fair and accurate reporting on the home's structural condition.

People wanting to buy a home depend on me as their home inspector to pay attention to all the many details involved in the inspection of the exterior of that home.   It involves a lot more than knowing what you're doing in respect to the siding.   I have to know about all those other things to watch for.  My customers trust that you have that knowledge. 

The home inspection customer is always concerned about the condition of the roof and depends on the home inspector to give it a good inspection.  To the customer, the roof is an intimidating mystery, but he or she knows just enough to be worried.  Your customer depends on you to have the knowledge necessary to bring facts and findings about the roof to light. 

Plumbing systems have undergone a number of changes in the past 90 years, and I as a home inspector see them all.  The home inspector not only looks for defects such as seepage, leaks, and drips in the system. it helps to be able to inform the customer how the entire system is affected, what repairs are needed, and when actions should be taken.  You need to be well prepared to perform a good inspection.   

As a home inspector, I am familiar with basic wiring practices, NEC requirements, and the details of the electrical inspection.  I am knowledgeable and cautious when performing the inspection, always aware of safety hazards to report to my customers..  

Central heating and air conditioning are big ticket items that cause customers a great deal of concern when buying a home.  The home inspector plays an important role in inspecting these systems, giving the customer the needed information and checking systems, especially heating, for safety.   

As a home inspector, I pay attention to the details involved in the interior inspection, no matter how small.  They're just as important to the home inspection as the  major home systems like heating and electrical. Customers appreciate it.  


Finding Your Home

What should I look for when deciding on a community?

Select a community that will allow you to best live your daily life. Many people choose communities based on schools. Do you want access to shopping and public transportation? Is access to local facilities like libraries and museums important to you? Or do you prefer the peace and quiet of a rural community? When you find places that you like, talk to people that live there. They know the most about the area and will be your future neighbors. More than anything, you want a neighborhood where you feel comfortable in.

What should I do if I'm feeling excluded from certain neighborhoods?

Immediately contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) if you ever feel excluded from a neighborhood or particular house. Also, contact HUD if you believe you are being discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, nationality, familial status, or disability. HUD's Office of Fair Housing has a hotline for reporting incidents of discrimination: 1-800-669-9777 (and 1-800-927-9275 for the hearing impaired).

How can I find out about local schools?

You can get information about school systems by contacting the city or county school board or the local schools. Your real estate agent may also be knowledgeable about schools in the area.

How can I find out about community resources?

Contact the local chamber of commerce for promotional literature or talk to your real estate agent about welcome kits, maps, and other information. You may also want to visit the local library. it can be an excellent source for information on local events and resources, and the librarians will probably be able to answer many of the questions you have.

How can I find out how much homes are selling for in certain communities and neighborhoods?

Your real estate agent can give you a ballpark figure by showing you comparable listings. If you are working with a REALTOR, they may have access to comparable sales maintained on a database.

How can I find information on the property tax liability?

The total amount of the previous year's property taxes is usually included in the listing information. If it's not, ask the seller for a tax receipt or contact the local assessor's off ice. Tax rates can change from year to year, so these figures may-be approximate.

What other tax issues should I take into consideration?

Keep in mind that your mortgage interest and real estate taxes will be deductible. A qualified real estate professional can give you more details on other tax benefits and liabilities,

Is an older home a better value than a new one?

There isn't a definitive answer to this question. You should look at each home for its individual characteristics. Generally, older homes may be in more established neighborhoods, offer more ambiance, and have lower property tax rates. People who buy older homes, however, shouldn't mind maintaining their home and making some repairs. Newer homes tend to use more modern architecture and systems, are usually easier to maintain, and may be more energy-efficient. People who buy new homes often don't want to worry initially about upkeep and repairs.

Tips for Buying a Home  

What's the future vitality of the Area?

  • When considering a property try not to focus on the past economic growth. This growth is very important, but also look into the future potential or downfalls of the property.
    • Will this city and neighborhood have the opportunities available in the future that will allow your investment in your home grow?
    • What type of transportation is available? Will the current growth be more than the near by freeways are prepared to handle?
    • What schools are now available. Are there plans to close down the schools, or build more?
    • Will this area continue to prosper to have the job opportunities necessary to support your mortgage?
    • What other structures, airport traffic, or freeways are planed in the area? How would this effect your property value like noise pollution or the bright hot pink hotel they will build across the street?
    • Will the local park be converted into a housing development in the future, or maintained without graffiti and garbage?

Do keep in mind it's impossible to predict the future, but by taking the time to ask the right questions, you will have the necessary information available to make the best decision for you and your family giving the current market. It does pay to leave as little to chance as you can.

What should I look for when walking through a home?

  • Is there enough room for both the present and the future?
  • Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms?
  • Is the house structurally sound?
  • Do the mechanical systems and appliances work?
  • Is the yard big enough?
  • Do you like the floor plan?
  • Will your furniture fit in the space? Is there enough storage space? (Bring a tape measure to better answer these questions.)
  • Does anything need to repaired or replaced? Will the seller repair or replace the items?
  • Imagine the house in good weather and bad, and in each season. Will you be happy with it year round?

Take your time and think carefully about each house you see. Ask your real estate agent to point out the pros and cons of each home from a professional standpoint.

What questions should I ask when looking at homes?

Many of your questions should focus on potential problems and maintenance issues. Does anything need to be replaced? What things require ongoing maintenance (e.g., paint, roof, HVAC, appliances, carpet)? Also ask about the house and neighborhood, focusing on quality of life issues. Be sure the seller's or real estate agent's answers are clear and complete. Ask questions until you understand all of the information they've given. Making a list of questions ahead of time will help you organize your thoughts and arrange all of the information you receive. The Home Scorecard can help you develop your question list.

How can I keep track of all the homes I see?

If possible, take photographs of each house: the outside, the major rooms, the yard, and extra features that you like or ones you see as potential problems. And don't hesitate to return for a second look. Use a scorecard to organize your digital photos and notes for each house.

How many homes should I consider before choosing one?

There isn't a set number of houses you should see before you decide. Visit as many as it takes to find the one(s) you are interested in. Don't be in a hurry, even if you get pressure from a real estate agent. If they do pressure you just walk away from them and find another that will represent your interests. On average, homebuyers see 15 houses before choosing one. Just be sure to communicate often with your "exclusive buyer's" real estate agent about everything you're looking for. It will help avoid wasting your time.

Why Every Homeseller Should Have An Inspection.

If you are putting your home up for sale, should you consider having your own building inspection?  Should this be part of your "pre-sale home improvement" process?

The answer is "Yes."

Contingencies in Contracts

Once a buyer makes an offer and you accept it, you have a contract. One of the most common conditions of that contract is, "offer contingent upon satisfactory building inspection." The buyer is going to have a professional home inspector go through your house to make sure there are not any hidden problems.

The last thing that you want is to have your deal fall through because of an unknown problem uncovered by the buyer�s building inspector.  This is especially true if it is a minor problem and  could easily have been repaired ahead of time -- if only you had known about it. 

Many a transaction has fallen apart because of building inspection surprises.

Preparing for Sale

When preparing your house for sale, you are going to do lots of things to make it more appealing to potential buyers. You are going to clean up the yard, apply a fresh coat of paint where needed, get rid of all clutter in and around the house, have the kitchen and all bathrooms at their sparkling best, get the rugs cleaned, clean all windows, etc.

Why not spend the relatively few dollars and also have a building inspection? Find out the hidden problems with your home and correct them in advance. If you don�t, you can be assured that the buyer�s inspector will find them. When the buyer�s inspector finds a problem, it can throw a monkey wrench into the works.

Potential Problems

The buyer will ask you to fix the problems found by their inspector � or no deal. If you do not want to fix the problems, they will ask for a reduction in price or a cash credit at closing � or no deal. In some cases, they buyer may even cancel the purchase entirely, not giving you a chance to make any corrections.

If the buyer cancels the purchase, where does that leave you? It leaves you with a house that you will have to put back on the market � a house that has been stigmatized. Future potential buyers and their agent will always wonder, "What happened with that first deal?"

An Item of Caution: Disclosure

If you hire your own home inspector and find problems but elect not to repair them, be sure to tell your agent. They should be disclosed to all potential buyers. In some states this is mandatory. Home sellers and their agent who have known of problems but not disclosed them have successfully been taken to court for damages.

Think of yourself. Isn�t it easier to identify and handle problems in advance rather than finding out about them later? If there is a problem that you decide not to repair, disclose it up front and indicate that the estimated buyer�s cost to fix it has been reflected in the offer price of your home.

Conclusion

As a result, neither the buyers, or the seller should be very surprised by unknown problems if a sellers inspection occurs properly. For every sale, that made the process of getting to the final closing a lot easier.

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