Purchasing a home is one of the most challenging and high stakes decisions you will make during your life. There are so many elements to consider… what are the features everyone is looking for in your home? How does the school district rank? What activities are nearby? It can be an overwhelming, energizing, intense, nerve-racking and exciting time. In order to make sure that you make the best possible decision it is time to select your Home Inspector in order to better understand the role that your Home Inspector plays in the home buying decision.
Hebron was namesake was from the biblical city of Hebron and occupied the old Bridges Settlement area. After getting a Post Office in 1890 Hebron was poised for growth when the railroad was built in 1902. The neighboring cities of Plano & Carrollton had aggressive annexation policies during the 1970’s and 1980’s so Hebron was very limited in its growth due to it’s much larger and well-resourced city neighbors. There were plans at one point for Hebron to disappear as a city all together however current city leaders are reversing that direction. With a land area of 1.3 square miles approximately 271 households call Hebron home. Hebron is served by the Lewisville ISD and Hebron High School resides in Carrollton Texas.
The Responsibilities of Your Home Inspector
Your Home Inspector should only work for one person… You. While every Home Inspector should have earned the respect of the Agents in your area the Agent is not the customer. To best demonstratethis point the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) communicates to Home Inspectors that the final report is to only be sent to the Home Buyer and no one else. The Home Buyer can then forward it on to whomever they choose.When selecting a Home Inspector it is imperative to understand what their values are and at Blue Sky Home Inspections, we have four Core Values that guide every decision we make and every action we take, and they are:
Protect the Client.
Our client is making one of the most important decisions in their life. We use our training and expertise to keep our clients and their loved ones safe, both physically and financially.
We pledge to always be the “Voice of the House” and evaluate it an unbiased manner. We must be an independent third party who our client can depend on to “tell it like it is”.
Be Diligent & Disciplined.
The success of our clients, our business and our profession are based on a diligent and disciplined approach to the inspection of a home’s complex systems. We must remain vigilant to our standards of practice and routines.
Share What You Know.
As an expert in the home sciences, we have a responsibility to share that knowledge with others. We help our clients better understand their new home.
What Is A Home Inspection?
Texas has the very high standards for home inspections in order to protect home buyers and to add to the virtue of the home procurement process in Texas. TREC has described home inspections as “An inspection addresses only those components and conditions that are present, visible, and accessible at the time of the inspection”. The Home Inspection preface in standardized reporting form, REI 7-5, goes on to describe the need to control the breadth of the home inspection to control costs. If home inspections liability and cope were not limited costs would sky rocket. A fully exhaustive and complete home inspection would easily cost more than $5,000as Licensed Electricians, Licensed HVAC, Licensed Plumbers, Foundation contractors, Landscapers and others would be needed to conduct exhaustive testing. The TREC Preamble (see link below) provides a very clear sense of what is and what isn’t included in a home inspection in Hebron, Texas. https://www.trec.texas.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-forms/REI_7-5.pdf
What is Included in a Home Inspection?
The list of what is covered in a home inspection is very extensiveand covers over 1600 elements. The main elements of a Blue Sky Home Inspection include:
• Structural members including foundation & framing of the home.
• Exterior features including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways and railings.
• Fireplaces including the exterior of chimneys and vents.
• Electrical system including service panels, breakers, branch circuits and fuses.
• Plumbing systems including visible pipes, drains, water heating equipment and water distribution components.
• Heating system including equipment and venting.
• Roof system including shingles, flashing and skylights.
• Cooling system including energy sources and distribution equipment.
• Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings.
• Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.
What is typically NOT Included in A Home Inspection.
Here are some things that you typically won’t find in a home inspection in Hebron, Texas
What Technologies Can Be Used in A Home Inspection?
Because home inspections are defined as only a visual inspection, the only mandatory tools required by a Home Inspector in Hebron, Texas is water pressure gauge, a flashlight and ladder to access a one-story roof. That’s it. At Blue Sky Home Inspections our tool box is filled with Hi-Tech products that provide you with the best possible information into your home. They include advanced infrared imaging, electronic moisture meters, electronic gas detectors, advanced reporting software and storage, online payment options, online scheduling of appointments and on-site videos of your home’s key components (such as your water shutoffs, gas shutoffs, air filter locations and much more). These tools aren’t fads. They are proven, effective tools that increase the knowledge and insight you will have about your home and your Inspector has received hundreds of hours of training on how to use them effectively.
Demand Clear & Transparent Pricing.
Caveat Emptor is Latin for “buyer beware” and when selecting a home inspector,you should heed this advice. Watch out for companies that require you to call in order to learn more about pricing because these organizations will commonly have a long list of upsells that they will attempt to add on to your purchase.We keep our home inspection pricing extremely clear, transparent and affordable. Our team is very proud of the value we have built into your home inspection and we look forward to sharing with you the insights and information you need to make a great investment.
Look for Flexible Scheduling.
Your Option Period is running down, and you need to get a bunch of people together in one place and your inspector should help you with this task by being extremely flexible in their scheduling. Blue Sky Home Inspections offers appointments 7 days a week. Blue Sky Home Inspections is also there for you after the inspection by welcoming any follow up consultation calls (we will even review pictures of completed work if you would like us to). We are there when you need us to be.
Getting a Professional Inspectors license in Texas is a challenging process and includes completing over 400 hours of educational training in Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Roofing, Building Enclosures, Framing, Foundations, Appliances, Legal & Ethics, Report Writing and more. That is just the beginning. In order to better serve you your Inspector has completed Coursework to become a Certified Residential Thermographer to fully leverage infrared technology during your inspection as well as Certifications as a Pool Inspector and Pool Operator which are recognized by the National Swimming Pool Foundation.
Give Us a Call, Today
Blue Sky Home Inspections is available to address your home-inspection inquiries, at any time. Blue Sky Home Inspections is a private, locally owned company serving all of the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex. The owner, Tom Tracy, M.B.A. is a TREC #23433 Licensed Professional Home Inspector, a Certified Residential Thermographer, a Certified Pool Inspector, and a Certified Pool Operator. After a successful career in Senior Management, Tom decided to put a decade of experience in the home improvement industry to work serving people as a Home Inspector.
You can call to schedule an appointment; you, also, have the option to schedule an appointment online.