TEC is heating up the Home Inspection scene by offering infrared (thermal imaging) as an add-on to our traditional home inspection. The advanced, non-invasive imaging allows our inspectors to look beyond the sheetrock, so to speak.
The following deficiencies can be documented with a thermal imaging camera:
Moisture intrusion that could lead to mold and structural damage.
- leaky roofs
- plumbing leaks
- wet insulation
- moisture in the walls
Areas of the home experiencing energy loss.
- heat and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors
- damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems
- air-conditioner compressor leaks
- structural defects that can lead to energy loss
Dangerous electrical concerns.
- overloaded and faulty circuit breakers
- overheated electrical equipment and component
- unexpected hot spots (faulty wiring)
Unexpected visitors living within the structure.
- pest infestations
- rodents such as rats, mice, and other larger pests
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Home Inspector Dallas – Fort Worth – Arlington
Purchasing a home can be a stressful process for everyone involved. One common mistake that people make when buying a house is not choosing the right Home Inspector. TEC has worked directly with realtors and their clients for the past five years. We can’t keep count of the phone calls our office receives from panicked buyers, sellers, or realtors needing an inspection “YESTERDAY.” If you are looking for a Home Inspector in Dallas – Fort Worth – Arlington or surrounding areas, you’ve come to the right place.
Good news, TEC has you covered. Here are a few ways we go above and beyond to make your life a little bit easier.
Home Inspection Dallas Fort Worth
Throughout the inspection, we examine more than 600 components, taking images along the way. Each item is inspected for structural soundness, proper function, and code compliance.
UNIQUE TO TEC: Our Licensed Professional Home Inspectors perform foundation elevation surveys on every home, at no additional charge.
An elevation level survey provides two important advantages for the homeowner:
- In both new and older homes, the survey gives the buyer a point of reference that paints a clear picture if future settling occurs. * Comes in handy if you ever have to battle with a home warranty company or builder.
- The survey pinpoints existing foundation concerns. * Might not be a deal-breaker, but may be grounds for some negotiating.
Our Home Inspectors train alongside our engineer for two weeks before they are allowed to perform an inspection. Therefore, they are better equipped to differentiate between cosmetic and structural flaws. If there is a concern about a home’s foundation, TEC Home Inspectors consult with our in-house engineers. * Most Inspectors will simply cite “refer to an engineer” if they see a crack or other signs of foundation problems. Then the homebuyer has to scramble to schedule an engineer within the option period, leading to more money out of pocket.
Foundation Inspections and Structural Evaluations
If your home inspection report says to “consult with an engineer,” give us a call. We will everything possible to work within your option period. TEC has a solid reputation for providing independent, thorough evaluations for Dallas Fort Worth homeowners and prospective buyers.
BONUS: If you schedule a Home Inspection and a Foundation Evaluation at the same time, we take 20% off the engineer’s fee.
Home Inspector | Dallas Fort Worth Arlington Mansfield
There are several challenges that a Home Inspector must overcome to keep the home inspection process running as smoothly as possible. If you are a homeowner or a realtor in the selling process, there are a few things you can do to help your listing shine during a home inspection. We interviewed Licensed Professional Home Inspector, Joe Bourget and he gave us this Home Inspection Checklist, 10 Ways to Prepare:
1. Don’t assume that the utilities are still on.
Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services (including pilot lights) will be on during the inspection so the home inspector can determine if the dishwasher, hot water heater, stove, electrical components, etc. are functioning properly.
2. Make sure your pets won’t hinder the inspection.
I love dogs! Unfortunately, they don’t always welcome me. Please remember to alert the inspector if animals will be present during the appointment. It is best to remove them from the premises to speed things along.
3. Check your light bulbs.
I can’t tell you how many homeowners forget to replace old light bulbs with new ones before an inspection. Take the time to replace any burned-out bulbs (prior to your appointment) to avoid a “light is inoperable” comment on the home inspection report.
4. Replace dead batteries.
Don’t forget to replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors too! A home inspector will do a walk-through of your home and test these items. Any detectors with a missing or low battery will be listed in the report as a deficiency. It might not seem like a big deal, preparing ahead of time can help keep your home inspection report short and sweet.
5. Check your filters.
Avoid an embarrassing reveal of filthy HVAC filters in front of a prospective buyer by checking them beforehand. When filters clog, they prevent proper airflow through the vents. Ill-fitting or dirty filters can cause the HVAC system to malfunction and will be noted in a report.
6. Clear debris away from the foundation.
Woodpiles, fallen branches, etc. create an ideal habitat for pests. To avoid a comment on “conducive conditions” for termites in your home inspection, clear a path before your inspector arrives.
7. Remove clutter.
Do a quick scan of the property and ensure that nothing is blocking access to major appliances, the HVAC equipment, all electrical service panels, hot water heaters, and attic entries.
8. Find your keys.
Make sure that you have copies of keys for sheds, attic doors, electric service panels, garages, exterior gates and any other locked areas that the inspector will need to access.
9. Trim your branches.
Tree limbs should be at least ten feet away from your home’s roof. An inspector will make a note of any offending branches in his report.
10. Tackle small repairs in advance.
If your property has missing doorknobs, locks, latches, window panes, screens, gutters, downspouts, chimney caps, etc., it is best to fix those prior to listing your home. A Licensed Professional Home Inspector is required to note all of the above in the home inspection report.
Selling your home can be an emotional and arduous process. By preparing your listing with this home inspection checklist, you will set the pace for a hassle-free closing. Happy selling!
To schedule a home inspection in Dallas, Fort Worth, or surrounding areas, contact TEC today.
What to Expect From a Home Inspection in Dallas – Fort Worth
The TEC team is always receiving questions from Dallas Fort Worth first time home buyers who aren’t sure what to expect from a professional home inspection. Buying your first home can be stressful! Don’t worry, we are here to help.
Frequently asked questions and answers about getting a home inspection:
Should I get a home inspection before I list my Dallas Fort Worth house?
Generally, home inspections are scheduled (at the expense of the buyer) before closing on the sale of a property. However, some sellers choose to do a “pre-listing inspection” prior to putting their home on the market. By working proactively to identify defects, the seller has sufficient time to schedule repairs and can control costs easily.
Is getting a home inspection required by the bank?
Not necessarily, but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. More than 95% of buyers opt for a professional home inspection. A good home inspector can help identify major deficiencies, helping you make an informed decision about your investment.
What does getting a Home Inspection involve?
A typical home inspection takes anywhere from two to four hours, depending on the size and age of the home.
Here is a short checklist of items that you can expect your home inspector to examine:
Home Inspection Checklist (Exterior)
• Brick and mortar – The home inspector should check the brick and mortar for cracks and deterioration.
• Siding, flashings, and trim – Damages such as frieze board separation can allow moisture (and critters) to enter the home.
• The roof, eaves, and fascias – We get some gnarly weather in Dallas Fort Worth. As such, a knowledgeable home inspector will carefully inspect exterior features, such as the roof.
• Exterior doors – Improperly sealed doors and rotted frames are another common entry point for moisture and bugs.
• Landscaping, grading, drainage and retaining walls – This is a huge one! A home inspector should make note of excessive water pooling around the home, missing gutters, etc.
• Decks, patios, balconies, and any steps, stoops porches or railing – Thorough home inspectors cite structural failures and potential safety hazards.
• Walkways, patios, and driveways – In the Dallas Fort Worth area, it is common for home inspectors to make note of cracks in concrete patios and driveways.
• Downspouts – Downspouts are cheap to install, but you would be surprised at how many homes fail to keep their gutter systems functioning properly.
• Skylights – It can be hard to tell if a skylight is leaking on a hot sunny day, or when moisture intrusion is minimal. That’s why we always suggest adding thermal imaging to your home inspection package. Thermal imaging picks up on broken window seals, leaky roofs, slab leaks, and other items that the naked eye may be unable to detect.
Home Inspection Checklist (Interior)
• Doors and windows – Your home inspector will look for broken seals, cracks, and missing screens.
• Ceilings, floors, and walls – A good home inspection involves careful examination of unleveled flooring, cracks in the sheetrock, nail pops, and other defects that could be an indication of foundation problems.
• Any steps, stairways or railings within the home – Your home inspector will do a visual inspection (maybe a wiggle test too) to make sure the stairwells and steps are safe and up to code.
• Countertops and cabinetry – Cabinet doors that swing open and fail to close properly let your inspector know that there could be some foundation settling.
• Garages and carports – Among other things, your home inspector will check to make sure garage doors are functional and carports are not in disrepair.
• Installed appliances – Your home inspector will run the HVAC, fire up the hot water heater, and test out major appliances for obvious issues.
• Fireplaces, vent systems, exhaust systems, chimneys and flues – One of the most common items pointed out during a home inspection are dirty HVAC filters.
• Smoke detectors – Smoke detectors with missing faces or dead batteries will be marked deficient.
• Plumbing – Running toilets, leaky shower heads, etc. will be pointed out during a home inspection.
• Water pressure – Lack of water pressure can hint to other plumbing issues.
• Attic insulation and vapor retarders – Another common issue uncovered during the inspection is inadequate attic insulation.
• Electrical wiring, switches, and fixtures – Missing plate covers and overloaded breaker boxes pose a fire hazard. A good inspector should check every outlet and all breaker boxes.
• Heating and cooling equipment, access panels and thermostats – All home inspectors carry a tool that helps them determine if the HVAC is cooling and heating properly at the time of the inspection.
Additional Home Inspection Services
Some home inspectors will also include floor level surveying to identify if there are any foundation concerns with the home. Other inspections that you might want to consider are irrigation inspections, termite inspections, and pool/spa inspections. Check with your inspector to see if their company offers these additional services.
Remember that a good home inspector should always be objective! They should take photos of defects and take the time to explain their findings to you. We always recommend that homeowners are present for the inspection to ask questions and make observations.
It is TEC’s mission to help Dallas Fort Worth homeowners make informed decisions about their biggest investment, their home. Call today to schedule your Professional Home Inspection with Thomas Engineering Consultants. (817) 576-1973
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