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A home inspection is the first step towards understanding the condition of the home that you are buying or selling. This type of inspection is commonly referred to as a buyer's inspection. It is a visual examination and basic performance evaluation of the major structure, systems, and components that are visible and safely accessible. "To use a medical analogy, think of a home inspection as a general check-up and not a comprehensive, x-ray exam." Following the inspection, you will be given a home inspection report. The report will include high-quality photos, videos, notes, and other general information about the home and our findings.
Purchasing a home is typically one of, if not, the largest investment you will ever make. That said, it is important to know the condition of your investment. A professionally licensed inspector can discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs to severe damage, safety, and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection to be completed before approving a home loan.
Yes! While not required, we encourage all of our clients to attend the inspection at some capacity. Most people elect to meet with the inspector towards the end of the inspection to discuss the findings and contents of the inspection report. You are welcome to attend as much of the inspection as you would like.
If you are unable to attend the inspection, you can also ask your agent to fill in for you or you can choose to wait for the report to be published. The inspection report is user-friendly and very easy to navigate so even if you can't attend the inspection, you will have a thorough understanding of the inspector's findings. As always, you are welcome to contact us with any questions as we are more than happy to assist.
As a licensed inspector, I follow the TREC Standards of Practice. In short, the standard home inspection includes an evaluation of the structural systems, electrical systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, plumbing systems, and appliances.
On the left side of the page, we have an infographic for reference as what is included in the home inspection. If you would like a better understanding of exactly what is included and excluded in a home inspection, please refer to the information below. Also, as a courtesy to our clients, we include thermal imaging with all of our home inspections. Click here to read more about the benefits of thermography.
TREC requires the home inspector to prepare a written inspection report noting observed deficiencies and other items required to be reported; and deliver the report to the person for whom the inspection was performed within three days of the inspection.
However, we know that most clients are waiting for the inspection report before finalizing the real estate transaction. That said, we want to provide exceptional and prompt service so we get the report to our clients as soon as possible and typically within one day following the inspection. Our reports are very detailed and we want them to be precise so at times, the report may take up to two days to receive. You can view a sample report here.
At Frontline Inspections, PLLC, we offer thorough home inspection services in Houston and many surrounding areas. The licensed home inspector abides by the strict Standards of Practice (SOP) as required by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC).
The inspection is completely non-invasive and entails a visual walk-through evaluation of the home’s safely accessible areas.It is important for prospective clients to understand that TREC "does not require the use of (i) specialized equipment, including but not limited to : (I) thermal imaging equipment; (II) moisture meters; (III) gas or carbon monoxide detection equipment; or (VI) ladders capable of reaching surfaces over one story above ground surfaces." While this is not required per their standards of practice, at Frontline Inspections, PLLC we strive for excellence. I understand that exceptional service entails providing a higher level of inspection performance. That said, I use certain specialized equipment and attempt to walk each roof that is safely accessible to perform the inspection.