The decisions that have to be made when buying a house are extremely varied and range from selecting an Agent, understanding the different school districts, merging the lists of wants and needs in a home and so many more decisions. It can be an energizing, exciting and sometimes a bit terrifying. Now that you have found “The One” it is time to better understand the role that your Home Inspector plays in the home buying decision and some of the things your area has to offer.
The Colony, Texas
The city name has a strange ring to it and could easily be used as the location for a B-Movie horror flick but the origins are much innocent. The colony was the site of the Hedcoxe War of 1852 where settlers raided and destroyed Texas Emigration and Land Company that was on Peters Colony. Fast forward 120 years and a slightly shorter name change, and The Colony had it’s first homeowner’s association meeting in 1977 for the articles of incorporation that released the land from city of Frisco. A lot has changed since the first 27 families moved into the Fox & Jacobs single family home homes and now. One of the greatest geographical landmarks of The Colony is the creation of Lake Lewisville which was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1954 which provides the residents with water activities from fishing, swimming, boating, skiing or a quite walk around the lake. Recent surveys place The Colony as nationally ranked Best place to live with CNN placing it in “The Top 20 Best Places To Live In the U.S”, “Top 10 Most Affordable Homes IN The U.S.” and Safewise rated The Colony as one of the 50 Safest Texas Cities”. With a massively expanding retail, shopping & dining options everything from Nebraska Furniture Mart to Hard Eight BBQ can be found right around the corner.
The Responsibilities of Your Home Inspector
When searching for a Home Inspector you should find one that only works for one person… You. 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 Buyers Agent when the Buyer has specifically approved the release of the report. Making sure that your Inspectors analyses and reporting of your home TODAY won’t be influenced by the Agents ability to provide your Inspector with referrals tomorrow. 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 some extremely high standards for home inspections in order to safeguard buyers and to insure the integrity of the home selection process in Texas. TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) has summarized the description of 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 $4,999 as Licensed Plumbers, Licensed Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Licensed Electricians and others would be needed to conduct exhaustive testing. To have a better understanding of your planned inspection you should 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 extensive, with inspections covering over 1500 elements. The largest categories of a Blue Sky Home Inspection include:
• Exterior features including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways, railings and driveways.
Structural components including foundation and framing of the home.
• Roofing system including shingles, flashing and skylights.
• Electrical system including service panels, breakers and fuses.
• Cooling system with energy sources and distribution equipment.
• Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings.
• Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, water heating equipment and sump pumps.
• Heating system including equipment and venting.
Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.
• Fireplaces with 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 The Colony, Texas
What Technologies Can Be Used in A Home Inspection?
Because home inspections are defined as a visual inspection, the only required tools for a Home Inspector in The Colony, 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 video of your home’s key components and more. These tools aren’t the latest fads. They are proven, effective tools that increase the knowledge and insight you will have about your home. With HomeGauge as our software provider you also get continuous access to your report for years to come.
Demand Clear & Transparent Pricing.
Blue Sky Home Inspections takes great pridein the value we build into your home inspection and we look forward to providing you with the clarity and information you need to make asound investmentWe keep our home inspection pricing extremely clear, transparent and affordable.
Look for Flexible Scheduling.
Your Option Period is ticking by and you need to get your team, Agent and the Inspector in the same place for several hours. In order to do that you need an Inspector that has flexible scheduling and Blue Sky Home Inspections offers appointments 7 days a week. We are also there for you after the inspection, 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.
Getting a Professional Inspectors license in Texas is a difficult process and requires 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 starting point. To better serve you, your Inspector has completed Coursework to become a Certified Residential Thermographer to apply 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
Blue Sky Home Inspection is ready to take your call and answer any questions you may have, 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.