The decisions that have to be made during the purchase of a home are wide ranging from selecting an Agent, understanding the different school districts, finalizing the lists of Wants vs. Must Haves in your home and so many more decisions. It can be an energizing, exciting and sometimes a bit intimidating. 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.
Cross Roads, Texas
Cross Roads is a town in Denton County, Texas, United States with a population of 1,563 residents at the 2010 census. Residents of Cross Roads love living here for the country atmosphere, the bountiful trees, and the close proximity to Lake Lewisville, Lake Ray Roberts, Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth. To maintain the beauty and serenity of Cross Roads, there are ordinances in place and the planning commission has designed an architectural theme of "Texas Country" to create a special look and feel for Cross Roads. Cross Roads is poised for growth with access to the HWY 380 & HWY 377 corridor and explosive growth in neighboring towns. Cross Roads is split between two ISD’s, Denton ISD and Aubrey ISD. Cross Roads is debt free and has pledged to remain that way.
There are many opportunities to keep spending locally in Cross Roads. There are local restaurants such as Prairie House, Palios, Starbucks, Fuzzy’s Tacos and Whataburger with local stores such as Rustic Furniture and Big Tex Trailers and national brands such as Walmart. During the spring & summer weekends the Cross Roads Community Market is a popular event.
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 Buyers 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?
Texas has the highest standards in the country for home inspections in order to safeguard home buyers and to add to the integrity of the home purchasing process in the great state of 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 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 over 1600 elements. The big categories of a Blue Sky Home Inspection include:
• Structural components including foundation and framing of the home.
• Exterior features including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways, railings and driveways.
• Roof system including shingles, flashing and skylights.
• Electrical system including service panels, breakers and fuses.
• Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, water heating equipment and sump pumps.
• Heating system including equipment and venting.
• 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.
• Fireplaces including 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 Cross Roads, Texas
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 Cross Roads, 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.
Look for Flexible Scheduling.
Your Option Period is ticking by and you need to get everyone is the same place for several hours and in order to do that you need an Inspector that has flexible scheduling. Blue Sky Home Inspections offers appointments 7 days a week. 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.
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.