Houston - Galveston - Texas Coastal Home Inspections I Coastal Inspector I Infrared Thermography I IRC Code Certified
1. Require us to be fingerprinted with a criminal background check through the Texas Department of Public Safety (State Police).
4. We are required to take 50% more yearly continuing education than a simple TREC inspector.
5. Nationally we are in the top percentage as a 2011 (ASHI) national survey showed that 82.2% of home inspectors are not code certified (building and mechanical).
End of Warranty Inspection
If your 1-year or 2-year warranty is about to expire on your new home give me a call. My inspection pays for itself and will provide you with what may be your last chance to correct defects at your builder’s expense. Don’t let your anniversary date go by without this important inspection. Our typical warranty inspection brings up issues of a potentially serious nature. Many times these issues are are not easily observed. Today homes are built too quick without adequate supervision. A city inspection is only a few minutes "hot point" inspection and no where near an adequate inspection. Commonly found issues:
Roof Defects and Leaks (if it has recently rained)
Roof Structure & Attic Issues
Door problems and leaks
Window problems and leaks
Electrical Safety Issues (in almost every home)
A/C & Heat Issues
Property Drainage Problems
The International Code Council in its "Legal Aspects of Code Administration" admonishes the public by saying , "it is up to the purchaser to determine the soundness of the building prior to the finalization of the purchase and/or to hire a professional inspector". (A professional inspector versed in the codes.)
Home building superintendents and project managers call me to inspect their personal homes. I've even inspected homes for home inspectors buying their homes. While some inspection companies will only inspect homes to some minimum (fall over and hit them in the head) standard, we actually inspect.
Texas home inspectors are licensed through TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) for resale/used properties. The standards were written for used home sales. The TREC does not require the home inspectors to be code certified in order to do home inspections so the majority are not. I am a construction inspector.
The other question is how qualified is the home inspector to inspect resale/used homes and know when a code violation is present?