Inspection Services

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Inspections and Pricing

Please review our available inspection services. You can obtain a free quote by filling in our estimate form or give us a call at (832) 953-6992 for a complimentary, customized quote.

* Please note, properties over 4,500 square feet must call for a quote.

** Pricing viewed in the order form is an estimate only. Other factors, such as the age of the home, may change the pricing viewed in the order form.

Warranty Inspection

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  • Every new home has a one-year warranty by the builder covering defects in workmanship or materials. Builders also frequently purchase additional warranties to cover their liability and to use as marketing tools.  These home warranties are very specific about what they cover. You should make every effort to understand your warranty and protect your investment.
  • If you have an inspection performed before the one-year warranty has expired, the builder can repair any defects discovered by the inspection under warranty. Documenting potential problems and obtaining repairs during the first year is much simpler than seeking recourse later.
  • We call this an “11-Month Warranty Inspection,” because it should be done prior to the one-year “walk-through” conducted by your builder.

What does an inspection cover?

An inspection includes a visual examination of the building. During a standard inspection, the inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the foundation, grading, roof, roof structure, interior/exterior walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, fireplace/chimney, electrical systems, heating equipment, cooling equipment (temperature permitting), plumbing system, water heating equipment and built-in kitchen appliances. Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the report.

Can I do the inspection myself?

Although you may be very handy, most home buyers and home owners lack the knowledge and expertise of a professional inspector. Professional inspectors have extensive training and have inspected hundreds, or even thousands of homes in their career. A professional inspector is familiar with the critical elements of construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and inter-relations of these elements. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective about the home they are considering, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

A Complimentary Gift to All Clients!

SafeShield Inspections, LLC gives every client their own HomeBinder. HomeBinder allows you to organize and save all related home information in a convenient online application. From storing paint colors to getting maintenance reminders, HomeBinder will help get your home ownership off to a great start. It will ensure you have all the details you need in the future right at your fingertips. Best of all, we’ll get it setup for you to minimize the effort to begin managing your greatest asset. Although you’ll probably not think about selling for some time, when you do, your HomeBinder will help with buyers, your accountant and the appraiser. We will give you lifetime of ownership access to HomeBinder Homeowner Edition (otherwise $12/year) as part of your inspection. You can learn more at www.homebinder.com.

Every Client Receives a FREE COPY of “Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection”.

SafeShield Inspections, LLC provides every client with their own, free copy of Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection. As the book states in the introduction, “Home ownership is a great experience, and home maintenance is a great responsibility. This book will help you enjoy both.”

We participate in the InterNACHI Buy Back Program.

If your inspector misses anything during the inspection, InterNACHI will buy your home back.*

  • It’s valid for home inspections performed for home buyers only by participating InterNACHI® members.
  • The home must be listed with a licensed real estate agent.
  • The Guarantee excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected, per InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice.
  • The Guarantee will be honored for 90 days after closing.
  • We’ll pay you whatever price you paid for the home.

*LEGAL TERMS

What Our Customers Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

“My experience was great! Micah did a very thorough inspection and had the report to me by that evening.”

Karen E.

“Micah was very professional and thorough.”

Graham

“Very professional and extremely happy with Micah’s promptness and close eye for detail. Thanks again.”

Olech G.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an inspection?

A professional property inspection is an impartial, third-party, visual evaluation of the physical structure and systems of a building. Understanding the condition of the systems and components of a house, townhome, condominium, etc. is critical when it comes to purchase, repair, or maintenance decisions.

Upon completion, you will receive a State of Texas-mandated formal report detailing the conditions of each element inspected.

What does an inspection cover?

An inspection includes a visual examination of the building. During a standard inspection, the inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the foundation, grading, roof, roof structure, interior/exterior walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, fireplace/chimney, electrical systems, heating equipment, cooling equipment (temperature permitting), plumbing system, water heating equipment and built-in kitchen appliances. Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the report.

Inspectors licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) are required to comply with the TREC Standards of Practice when inspections are performed for a prospective buyer or prospective seller of one-to-four family residential property. The Standards of Practice are the minimum levels of inspection practice required of inspectors for the accessible parts, components, and systems typically found in improvements to real property, excluding detached structures, decks, docks and fences. The inspector may provide a higher level of inspection performance than required by the standards of practice and may inspect parts, components, and systems in addition to those described by the standards of practice.

Are codes part of the inspection?

The definition of codes is the minimum building practices allowed to make a structure safe, sound, and sanitary. To the extent that is allowed, obviously our standards and inspections are based on accepted practices. But a home inspection covering complete adherence to code is not possible due to the nature of the constraints of this inspection. Much of the structure is covered disallowing visual inspection. The inspection is non-invasive because the property may not be owned by the inspector nor by the client.

A true code inspection would encompass greater invasive procedures and would cost many times more than this inspection.

This inspection is termed a visual performance inspection and will only tell you what the inspector can see, touch, or test.

Why do I need an inspection?

Your home purchase could be the largest single investments you will ever make. To minimize your risk, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. An inspection may identify the need for immediate repairs or builder errors, as well the need for maintenance to better protect your home. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make an informed decision.

As the seller of a home, an inspection can give you the opportunity to complete needed repairs that could possibly make your home more appealing to a potential buyer.

If you already own a home, an inspection may identify problem areas enabling you to address them and possibly avoid future expensive repairs.

If you purchased a new home, having an inspection performed before the one-year warranty has expired, gives you leverage when your builder conducts the one-year “walk-through.” The builder can then repair, under warranty, any defects discovered by the inspection.

Can I do the inspection myself?

Although you may be very handy, most home buyers and home owners lack the knowledge and expertise of a professional inspector. Professional inspectors have extensive training and have inspected hundreds, or even thousands of homes in their career. A professional inspector is familiar with the critical elements of construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and inter-relations of these elements. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective about the home they are considering, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

What will an inspection cost?

The inspection fee for a typical single-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Likewise, within a geographic area, the inspection fees charged may vary depending upon a number of factors such as size of the house, its age, particular features of the house (slab foundation, crawl space foundation, etc.) and possible optional systems inspected (pool, lawn sprinkler systems, water wells, septic systems, etc.)

Cost should not be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. Although the fee paid for an inspection is a consideration, other comparisons must be made to ensure you are obtaining the most comprehensive inspection for your dollar. You might save many times the cost of the inspection if you are able to have the seller perform repairs based on significant problems revealed by the inspector. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations as a guide.

Can a house fail an inspection?

No. A professional inspection is simply an examination of the current condition of your house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal code inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A professional inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but will describe its current condition and report those items that are deficient.

What are the general licensing and requirements for home inspectors in Texas?

The Texas licensing entity for inspectors, real estate agents, and warranty companies is the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC): http://www.trec.state.tx.us/

Inspectors are required to perform inspections on certain components (as a minimum). This is known as the Standards of Practice and can be found at: http://www.trec.state.tx.us/pdf/rules/trecrules.pdf (starts on page 75 under section §535.227)

Inspectors are required to use a certain report format to convey this information to the client: http://www.trec.state.tx.us/pdf/forms/insp/REI-7A-0-PropertyInspectonReport.PDF

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