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Home Inspection Prep Tips for Buyers

home inspection prep list tips for home buyers in dallas Fort Worth

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Thermal Imaging Detects the Good, Bad and the Ugly

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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Buying a House in Texas – Avoid This Mistake

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.”

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

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 DFW 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.

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Home Inspection Checklist: 10 Ways to Prepare

Home Inspector | Dallas Fort Worth Arlington Mansfield 

Joe Bourget, Professional Home Inspector TREC License #22546

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.

Dirty or missing filters lead buyers to believe that the HVAC unit has not been properly maintained.

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.

Per TREC standards, all tree limbs within 10 feet of the home must be noted in the inspector’s report.

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.

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