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Jill Aylwin - Real Estate Broker, Realtor, MBA
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What is an inspection?
There are numerous types of inspections. An inspection is meant to evaluate, at minimum, the structural and mechanical condition of a property - Mainly the foundation, the roof condition, and all of the systems such as heating and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, and appliances. It is not the same as an appraisal which evaluates the market value of a property.
Persons involved in real estate transactions need unbiased information about the physical condition of property they plan to buy or sell. Therefore, the contract should include a contingency that you obtain a satisfactory inspection report, preformed by a inspector licensed by TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission).
Finding a qualified Inspector
Referrals from satisfied customers
Referral from real estate agent or mortgage company
Local consumer affairs office
Yellow Pages under "Building Inspection Services"
Ask if she/he is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and TREC. The ASHI has established standards of practice which include the specific services, limitations and exclusions that can be expected from private home inspectors.
What the inspection, at minimum, includes
Every inspection should include, but not be limited to, an evaluation of at least the following:
Plumbing and electrical systems
Ceiling, walls and floors
Hazardous materials concerns
Heating and air conditioning systems
Common areas (in condominiums)
RESIDENTIAL HOMES INSPECTOR LIST
This list contains experienced Professional Real Estate Inspectors or Professional Engineers.
All members obtain a minimum of 32 hours (double) the TREC required continuing education each year and are active members in one or more additional inspection organizations.
AATCO Home Inspections Inc.
Doug Haubold - TREC #2250
Criterium - Farrell Engineers
Pat Farrell P.E. #49449
Inspection Team, Inc.
Steve Lobpries TREC #4571
A.B.A Inspection Services
Robert Freeze - TREC #1583
Daniel Inspection Service, Inc.
Ed M. Daniel TREC #154
Hal H. Husbands TREC #349
R. (Sean) Chou TREC #4515
Daniel Newman TREC #1673
Jacques J. McMillen & Associates
Jacques McMillen P.E. #25905
A-Quality Home Inspection
John Hammond TREC #202
Fox Inspection Group
Gordon Fox TREC #1718
Jay Fischman, P.E.
Jay Fischman TREC #3253, PE #44735
Jim Messina TREC #288 www.Abetinspections.com
H&H Inspections, Inc.
Frank Hebert TREC #122
Knueppel Inspection Services, Inc.
Harold Knueppel TREC #4629
Aim Inspection Services
Fred Brock TREC #246
Jim Havens TREC #3268
Lone Star Home Inspections
Steven L. Carter TREC #4279
Otis Winters TREC #3024
William Mealy TREC #1435
Pillar to Post Home Inspections
Terry L. Foster TREC #5182
America's Home Professionals
S. Robert Hill
TREC #5665 TPCL #13196
Horizon Inspection Services
Joe Gonzalez III TREC #427
R. Michael Gray - P.E.
Michael Gray TREC #895, P.E. #72949
AmeriSpec Home Inspections
Rob White TREC #6011
George Szontagh - TREC #2212
RAN Real Estate Inspection LLC
Ralph Nicosia TREC #2775
Better Residential Home Inspec.
Tommy Thompson TREC #2714
Kevin Plante TREC #3552
Taylor Sealy P.E. #64962
WOOD DESTROYING INSECT / TERMITE INSPECTIONS
Amrid Pest Control
Tony Thayer TPCL #7509
Ballard's Professional Pest Control
Larry Ballard TPCL #6075
Church Pest Control
Steve Silva TPCL #12430
Fortress Pest Control
Bob Diaz TPCL #11632
Pest Control Consultants
James Welch TPCL #10601
Pierce Pest Control
Michael Pierce TPCL #6323
The above list includes inspectors licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission and may also include other persons authorized by law to perform certain inspections (for example, termite inspectors, engineers, electricians, or plumbers). The list is not a complete list of all inspectors that may perform inspections. You may also obtain a list from the local telephone directory.
Texas Cash Back Real Estate recommends that you hire an inspector to help you evaluate the condition of the Property, including its systems and components.
Texas Cash Back Real Estate does not recommend any particular inspector and does not warrant the quality of any inspector's inspection.
Brokers are not inspectors. You should address any questions about the inspection to your inspector.
It may be necessary to make certain arrangements for the inspector, such as providing access and turning on utilities.
Real Estate Broker or Agents have relied upon other sources for information contained herein, and have no reason to know that the information on the homes or builders is false or inaccurate.
Broker or Agents do not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of the home or other information. Do not rely on the information without verification or confirmation.
Why DO I NEED AN INSPECTION?
Buying a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. It can also be very stressful. Being familiar with a property's condition and need for major repairs before you buy is necessary so as to minimize any surprises or difficulties afterwards. An inspection is like a physical check up. If problems or symptoms exist, much like your doctor, an inspector will recommend further evaluation by qualified contractors or service professionals.
When DO I CALL A HOME INSPECTOR?
Generally, the home inspector is called right after a contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, make sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract making your commitment dependant upon the findings of a professional home inspection. Both buyer and seller should specify terms to which they are obligated.
WHAT IF THE HOME FAILS INSPECTION?
Inspectors do not pass or fail home inspections and it is important to note that all homes have problems. Communication with your inspector will typically help you prioritize repairs based on his/her opinion and experience. Depending on the terms of your contract, you should be able to negotiate at least some repair costs. The seller is typically responsible for major expenses but may also adjust the sales price or contribute to closing costs, etc. in lieu of, or in addition to, making repairs. Your Realtor should be able to help you once the report has been received.
ARE THERE STANDARDS FOR THE INDUSTRY?
Yes. There are several national and local organizations that have developed industry standards. In Texas, inspectors are licensed and regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission and required to follow minimum standards.
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