I have been performing home inspections in the DFW area since 1999 and have inspected thousands of homes of all ages (1880's to new) and price points (from $40,000 to $7 million). I have a background in construction for 10 years prior to being a home inspector. I will spend as much time as needed to be sure my clients are comfortable and clear about my findings. My reports are very user-friendly and helpful, whether client is a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor. I look at every home as if my family would be living there.
The work is different in every house. Though there is not much I haven't seen before, the combinations and circumstances are always different. It keeps it interesting. I like the detective work of it. Things are not always apparent and sometimes require deductive reasoning to figure out. It requires applying knowledge, experience and attention to detail. I like being able to help people make the decision to go for (or not) the possibly biggest investment of their lives. I had a great inspector on my first house and it was very helpful, even though I had construction experience.
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A client (usually buyer in their option period) contacts me for and inspection. We discuss the details and agree on a day/time, services to be performed and price. I usually make the arrangements for access and have buyer show up at least 30 minutes before I am done. At the end of the inspection, I will spend usually 30 min-1 hour reviewing all finding (the good and the bad). Reports with photos are emailed no later than next day.
Home inspectors are licensed by the state in Texas through the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). As the highest level inspector in Texas (Professional Real Estate Inspector) the requirement is 344 classroom hours and 16 hours of continuing education each year. Texas has, currently and historically, the highest education requirements for inspectors. My construction experience for the decade before being a home inspector was helpful as well.
Pricing varies depending on the size, age and features of the property. Added features include pools, WDI (termite) inspection, sprinklers, spas, outbuildings, etc.
Talk to the inspector directly: ask what their TREC license # is. That way you can check with the state and see if there are any disciplinary actions against them. Also, the higher the license #, the less experience they will have. My lic # is 5157. Newer applicants/inspectors are licensed around the 20,000-22,000 range.
Be sure your inspector will spend the time you need to be comfortable with the report findings. Be sure they are experienced and have a clean record with the state (TREC).