Buying a home is a REALLY BIG DEAL! Your home is where life happens, and you have to make hundreds of decisions to insure the best outcome for you and your family when purchasing a home. It can be an energizing, exciting and sometimes completely overwhelming time in your life. Now that you have fallen in love with a home it is time to better understand the role that your Home Inspector plays in the home buying decision and a Professional Inspector can be one of your new best friends.
The Responsibilities of Your Home Inspector
Your Home Inspector only works 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 illustrate this, point the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) clearly communicates to Home Inspectors that the final report is to only be sent to the Home Buyer and is only supposed to be sent to the Buyer’s Agent when the Buyer has specifically approved the release of the report. 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?
Buying a home in Texashas some very clear benefits beyond being the greatest state in the country and a generally booming economy. Texas also has the highest standards in the country for home inspectors that sets a generally high bar for everyone in the industry. So you can take comfort in the fact that everyone in this profession has had a high degree of training, continuing education and solid regulatory oversight safeguard home buyers. 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 Preamble in REI 7-5 goes on to describe the need to limit the scope of the home inspection to limit costs. If home inspections weren’t limited in scope the costs would skyrocket. Without limitations on the inspection an inspection could easily cost over $5,000 as Licensed Electricians, Licensed HVAC, Licensed Plumbers and others would be needed to conduct exhaustive testing. To better understand your upcoming inspection please read the TREC Preamble included in every inspection performed in Texas at https://www.trec.texas.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-forms/REI_7-5.pdf
What is Included in a Home Inspection?
The list is fairly exhaustive with inspections covering well over 1500 elements. The major functions of a Blue Sky Home Inspection include:
• Structural components such as framing, foundation, grading and drainage, attic structural members and the overall framing of the home.
• Exterior elements of the home such fascia boards, trim boards, siding, brick veneer, exterior windows, water management, soffit, porches, balconies, railings and driveways.
• Roofing can be a big-ticket item for homeowners so we walk the roof whenever possible (safe and accessible). Roof systems including coverings (commonly shingles), flashing and skylights where we are paying attention to hazards that can allow water to access the home.
• We inspect the electrical system whenever it is safe and accessible. With a high level of detail, we evaluate the main and sub electrical distribution panels, branch wiring, all accessible branch outlets are tested as well smoke detectors.
• Plumbing systems include water pressure as it enters the home, the visible distribution, water heating, fixture installation practices fixture function and all visible drain, waste & vent construction practices.
• Heating system are inspected in detail for overall performance, size of system, distribution characteristics as well as identifying maintenance areas such as where the filters are located.
• The entire cooling system is inspected visually and if weather permits it will be operated and additional tests can be conducted. The Inspection includes compressor function, general maintenance, size of system, how well insulated ducts and lines are, condensation water removal plumbing and air handling and distribution.
• Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings.
• Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.
• Fireplaces including exterior chimneys and vents.
What is typically NOT Included in A Home Inspection.
Here are some things that you typically won’t find in a home inspection in Little Elm, Texas
Look for Flexible Scheduling.
The Option Period doesn’t last very long, and it is often difficult to get your Agent, yourself and your Inspector in the same location for several hours so you need to find an Inspector that can accommodate your scheduling needs. Blue Sky Home Inspections offers appointments 7 days a week and for added convenience you can now schedule your inspection online. We are also there for you after the inspection and welcome any follow up consultation calls and we will even review pictures of completed work if you need us to. We are there when you need us to be.
What Technologies Can Be Used in A Home Inspection?
Because home inspections are defined as a visual inspection the only mandatory tools required by a Home Inspector in Little Elms, 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 packed with Hi-Tech products that provide you with the best possible insights into your home. They include advanced infrared imaging, electronic gas detectors, electronic moisture meters, advanced reporting software, long-term electronic report storage, online scheduling, online payment, on-site videos of your home’s key components and more. These tools aren’t gimmicks. They are proven, effective tools that increase the knowledge and insight you will have about your home.
Demand Clear & Transparent Pricing.
We keep our home inspection pricing extremely clear, transparent and affordable. Our team is very proud of the value we build into your home inspection and we look forward to providing you with the insight and information you need to make a sound investment.
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.
Little Elm, Texas
There rally isn’t anything “little” about Little Elm anymore! This rapidly expanding city grew 610% from the 2000 census to the 2010 census, booming from 3,646 residents to 25,898 residents and more are on their way every day. Expansion plans for Little Elm include ongoing planned communities that should provide growth from a current estimated population of 35,000 inhabitants to more than 45,000 residents. With neighboring Frisco (Frisco has been consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S.) and The Colony also growing the area changes daily and offers many amazing features that are all close to home. Little Elm is situated near Lake Lewisville (constructed in 1954 by the Army Corps. Of Engineers), Little Elm boasts the longest shoreline in the great state of Texas (66 miles) and as result has everything a “lake person” could want including boat rentals, parks, camping and even a Wakeboard park. Some of the parks in Little Elm include Little Elm Park, Cottonwood Park, Beard Park and McCord Park.
Little Elm’s educational needs are serviced by the school districts of Little Elm ISD, Frisco ISD and Denton ISD with the Little Elm ISD serving the majority of the population. Little Elm was established in 1844 by Kit King The county's first post office was located in King's house in 1852. King's Crossing at that time was used by the stagecoach from Preston Bend to Bird's Fort. The first store in Little Elm began operations in 1859. In 1930 Little Elm had a population of 120 residents and only 6 businesses registered in Little Elm.
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.