The process of buying, selling, or building a home, is, at best, a stressful situation.
Adding on the difficulties of unforeseen damages in your home at crucial moments in this process can also cause critical damage to your plans. We even help “newly constructed” home owners reaching the end of their “1 year builder’s warranty”, resolve issues encountered during their first year of ownership. See the next dropdown tab over for details.
Stephens Home Inspection Service would like to help you smooth out the rough spots as you proceed through unfamiliar territory. Be assured that we will put the force of twelve years of experience to work for you.
Home inspections are included in almost every real estate transaction.
In fact over 80% of all buyer/seller transactions involve a home inspection. The reason, a home inspection is the client’s first line of defense. A well-trained home inspector can help you prevent making a costly real estate mistake. On the other hand, a home inspection can simply validate that a property’s systems and structure are in good condition. Whatever the outcome, a home inspection can help make you feel confident that you are getting what you are paying for or as a seller, get what you’re asking for.
At Stephens Home Inspection Services we:
- Believe that thoroughness and quality are paramount.
- Produce a narrative style computer generated report, which includes color photos.
- Reports include a summery page that allows you the option of not having to copy the whole report, but just the list of the items in need of repair.
- Easy to read, easy to understand and comply with the Texas Real Estate Commissions, Standards of Practice.
- Delivered on the same day as the inspection via e-mail to the buyer, the buyers agent, and anyone else the buyer request.
- Typical inspection takes about 2 hours to complete. We always encourage our clients to be at the inspection in order to point out areas of concern and information about the house, such as where the shutoffs are for water, gas, etc.
Please click on one of the buttons below for information regarding the inspection that you are interested in, let us show you what makes Stephens Home Inspection Service the leader in inspection companies.
You’ve been planning to buy a home for so long. Now, you have come across a house that meets your wants, needs, and even your budget. What if this special time in your life is marred by the discovery of a multitude of problems after you move in?
When buying residential real estate property, you deserve to know the condition of what will probably be the largest single investment you will make in your lifetime. A professional home inspection by Stephens Home Inspection Service will provide the information you need to make an informed decision. Stephens Home Inspection Service performs all home inspections to the Standards of Practice of the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). We follow these high standards for our inspections to insure that you receive the most thorough and knowledgeable inspection possible.
Whether you intend to stay in it forever or just for a few short years, we will inspect all the major components and expose unknown defects as well as advise you about future on-going maintenance your home will require once the purchase is complete. Stephens Home Inspection Service will give you the information you require to make an educated choice.
Home Sellers Invest in getting a pre-sale inspection Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a realtor, it’s always a good idea to have a professional home inspection performed. Knowledge is Power and Money.
All homes have strengths, unfortunately many have weaknesses that frequently the seller is not aware of. We help you determine which ones are serious and need immediate attention and which ones can wait. The more you know about your home, the more you will be prepared for negotiations because eventually, a prospective buyer is going to have an inspector of their choice conduct a home inspection. You might as well get a “heads up” on what they are going to find. Here are several reasons a pre-listing inspection can help. It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a third-party. That information can help you price your house more realistically. It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that defects don’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later. You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself. It may relieve prospect’s concerns and suspicions. It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement. Alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home. Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers. We hope this information will help you get your home prepared for the real estate market. NOTE: Please feel free to make a copy of our list of commonly found problems or repair areas that will be noted on most inspection reports. Taking care of these problems ahead of time will greatly reduce the amount of work needed after a professional home inspection has been conducted. It will also make your home show better while on the real estate market.
INTERIOR CHECK LIST
- GROUT OR SEAL AROUND TUBS, SHOWERS, AND FAUCETS
- REPAIR LEAKING STEMS ON SINKS, LAVATORIES AND BATH FIXTURES
- REPLACE MISSING LIGHT FIXTURES OR FIXTURES WITH NO LIGHT BULBS
- REPAIR LEAKING LAVATORY AND SINK DRAINS
- REPLACE SWITCH AND PLUG COVERS THAT ARE BROKEN OR MISSING
- TIGHTEN LOOSE CEILING FAN BLADES
- REPLACE OR CLEAN DEFECTIVE COOK TOP ELEMENTS OR DIRTY GAS COOKING EYE
- TIGHTEN TOILETS THAT HAVE A LOOSE CONNECTION TO THE FLOOR/TANK
- ADJUST OR REPLACE DOOR STRIKER PLATES
- REPAIR BROKEN WINDOWS
EXTERIOR CHECK LIST
- SEAL AND SECURE OPEN FASCIA BOARDS AND SOFFITS
- SECURE LOOSE GUTTERS AND DOWN SPOUTS
- REPAIR OBVIOUS ROOF PROBLEMS NOTICABLE FROM GROUND LEVEL
- REPLACE ROTTED TRIM BOARDS ~ DO NOT FILL LARGE ROTTED AREAS WITH CAULK SEAL
- EXPOSED WOOD WITH PAINT
- REPLACE OR REPAIR ROTTED OR DAMAGED GARAGE DOOR PANELS
- REMOVE SOIL ABOVE BRICK LINE ~ WATER SHOULD FLOW AWAY FROM THE STRUCTURE
- REPLACE BROKEN SPRINKLER HEADS
- REPLACE MISSING SCREENS OR MAKE REPAIRS AS NEEDED
- REPAIR LEAKING VALVE STEMS ON WATER FAUCETS
If you’re one of the lucky ones that are actually able to build a new home or buy a home under construction, you are probably wondering why you would need a home inspection. Here’s why.
The systems and components of a new house have specific installation instructions which if not followed will breach any warranty and eventually reduce the life expectancy of the component. Stephens Home Inspection Service will make sure that each system and component is installed accurately and is functioning as designed by the manufacture. Home Inspectors vs. City & County Inspectors. Who Wins? Actually, a city / county inspection is a complete different type of inspection. The information on their report is not even similar to that of a TREC inspection although people regularly think that they are the same. City and county inspectors don’t take the time to run through an itemized inspection list like home inspectors do. Many times the other inspectors have upwards to a dozen inspections each day that take only a few minutes to perform compared to a home inspector that only does two or three jobs per day. Every home inspection we do whether it be an existing home or a newly constructed home are performed to the strict specifications of The Texas Real Estate Commission’s (TREC), Standards of Practice. On new homes, not only do we perform a through inspection of the systems and components of the house, we also inspect for cosmetic flaws or minor workmanship discrepancies. Please note that TREC inspections do not include cosmetic features. However, for newly constructed homes, here are some examples of cosmetic issues we will try to help identify. Ultimately, what you chose to include on your builders punch (repair) list is up to you. Scratches on Counters, Cabinets and Fixtures Scratches & Dents on Appliances Scratches and Gouges on Hardwood Floors Paint on Carpet and Hardwood Floors Trim Paint (gloss) on Wall (flat) Unpainted Sections Scratched Glass Windows that don’t line up. Crooked Fixtures Visible Carpet Seams Exposed Nails Floor Squeaks Crooked Switches and Wall Plugs Missing Trim Damaged Door Seals Doors that don’t properly align or Properly Latch Windows that don’t function Smoothly Garage Doors that are Unbalanced or Unsafe Gaps & Holes in Siding Paint Grade Trim with Stain Finis
Most builders provide a one-year warranty for a newly constructed home. We like to compare it to the 60,000 mile service you do for your new car.
During the first year of occupancy, a new home owner may compile a “punch list” of items that are not functioning as designed or construction items in need of repair. Your one year builders warranty will expire usually within the first year after closing. Many times the one year warranty marks the final opportunity to identify, document, and inform your Builders of items that need repair or adjustments. All safety hazards, repairs, and adjustments should be professionally documented BEFORE your Builder is relieved of their responsibility under the one year warranty.
We specialize in working with buyers of new homes whose one year warranty is coming to an end. Once we have inspected your home, you will have the knowledge and documentation to discuss any home problems with the quality of the materials or the workmanship with your Builder. Educated homeowners stand a better chance of getting the Builder to correct those items that need repair.
It is important that these issues be called out before your one year anniversary date so that your builder can make the repairs at no expense to you. Let Stephens Home Inspection Service help you find these minor problems now before they become costly repairs later on.
Protect your investment and call us to schedule your warranty inspection. We invite you to call our office at 972-772-0802 to speak with us about this service. Time is running out and once the anniversary of closing on your new home has passed, you are on your own in most cases. Please give us an opportunity to help you.
Some of the elements we inspect in detail on your Home Warranty Inspection are:
- Exterior Paint and Stain
- Finish Electrical
- Bathroom & Kitchen Counters and Cabinets
- Finish Plumbing Fixtures
- Carpet & Flooring
- Fireplace & Chimney
- Exterior Siding, Material, Trim, Caulk & Sealant, Soffit and Fascia
- Finish Roofing
- Exterior Grading Driveways, Walkways, and Porches
- Garages & Out Buildings
- Decking & Stairs
- Attic Area
- Crawl Space and Basements
- Finish Windows & Doors
- Finish HVAC
- Finish Drywall & Paint