A residential inspection, or “general home inspection,” covers hundreds of components in the home and includes a written report clearly outlining safety concerns and the current condition of the home. The report gives buyers the information they need to make the best decision and prepare for future maintenance.


Each of our inspectors is licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and each inspection adheres to the TREC Standards of Practice. We answer all questions during the verbal walk-through at the end of each inspection.  Additionally, we are available after the inspection for follow up questions or assistance.

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Buyer Resale

In a home resale situation, an inspection is often termed a final walk-through. Based on the contract’s provisions, it allows the buyer the opportunity to inspect the home prior to closing to ensure that agreed-upon repairs or improvements have been completed.

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Seller Prelisting

One of the key benefits of having your home inspection done before you list is that if there are any problems discovered that need to be repaired, you can have the repairs done on your own terms, on your own schedule. When a problem is not found until the buyer has an inspection performed, the sale contract may fall apart unless you act quickly to get the repairs done or agree to take a lower price.

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Builder Warranty

We have developed a special “builders 1- or 2-year warranty home inspection” program that is designed to help you catch the hidden problems that may exist in your newly constructed home before your home’s 1- or 2-year builders warranty expires. Our comprehensive, typed report includes color digital illustrated photos as well as a list of necessary repairs. Our certified inspection can easily pay for itself by saving you future out-of-pocket repairs.

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New Construction

Many defects can affect your family’s health and safety, not to mention your pocketbook and the long-term condition of your home. Many overworked superintendents just don’t have enough time to properly supervise contractors. By hiring INSPECT A HOME to inspect your new property during its construction, you are sending a message to your home builder that you expect quality workmanship and intend to hold them to the highest standards possible. Inspection of a new construction is a three-phase inspection that begins during the first phase of construction. You can choose to opt out of phase one and two and only have a final phase inspection; however, we highly recommend our three-phase inspection. Find more information here.


A wood destroying insect (WDI) infestation inspection is performed to identify past or current infestation. Wood destroying insects include termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and re-infesting wood-boring beetles. Through arrangements, a licensed third-party termite inspector will perform the WDI inspection during your professional home inspection.

We Offer Customized Home Inspections

INSPECT A HOME offers special professional inspections on a case-by-case basis to professionally inspect, evaluate, and make recommendations to homeowners in Houston and surrounding areas.


After the Houston residential inspection process has been completed, we will always provide as many free phone consultations as are needed.

We Offer Foundation Elevation Inspections with ZIPLEVEL

It seems like no matter how much money we put into our foundations in Houston, Texas, there is always some movement. Determining how much foundation movement (using a ZIPLEVEL is the only way) on your new home or older home, at your real estate home inspection process is very important and documenting elevations is one of our Home inspectors goals at INSPECT A HOME, we are working for you, the home buyer.

INSPECT A HOME is doing foundation elevation measuring for NO charge with a ZIPLEVEL to benchmark your foundation. ZIPLEVEL is a fundamentally new way of measuring your home’s foundation elevations that many foundation companies and engineers use to measure a home’s foundation elevations for failures or offsets (i.e., high or low areas).

  • Gives you a reference point for the future to determine how much movement has happened.
  • Helps to determine if there are plumbing issues.
  • Helps to determine settled areas of the home.
  • Give you a better idea of the condition of the foundation.
  • Gives you exact measurements of differences.
  • Is much better than guessing with the eyes.
  • Good for new homes if there is ever an issue with the builder.
  • Will pinpoint grading and drainage issues.


If your house has no issues, this will give you a reference point to have for the future if there is ever an issue with settling—you can know how much your foundation has moved from a given point in time. If you’re buying a new home, a ZIPLEVEL can tell you if there is an area that has settled that needs to be addressed by the seller. This will also help to determine crowning caused by plumbing leaks in your home (crowning is caused by water under the foundation swelling the dirt and raising the slab up). This equipment will help your home inspector determine if there are issues that will need to be addressed by a professional engineer or a foundation company.

There are some things that need to be remembered when doing this kind of home inspection. Concrete foundations are not perfect when installed—there are usually high spots and low spots in the foundation, and the ZIPLEVEL will give you exact measurements. We have personally seen foundations that had as much as 1–1.5” differences on the day they were poured.

Without using a ZIPLEVEL in your home inspection, there is no way your home inspector can determine if there are settled areas on your foundation. Even then, it is still hard to determine if the foundation was poured that way or if it settled, especially when there have been wall repairs done or doors reset, or if there are no visible signs of settling. However, it is a good tool to determine if there is a bigger issue to be addressed by the seller when you are still in the inspection process.

What to Expect in Your Home Inspection

The inspection process begins with a tour of the exterior of the home, including the roof, and then progresses into the basement and then upwards, finishing in the attic. Outside, the inspector will observe such things as the drainage grade on the property, vegetation, driveways and walks, entrances, porches, decks, foundation above grade, siding, doors and windows, soffit, garage, roof, gutters, and chimneys.


While not required, an effort is made to climb on the roof to inspect it from above unless the height, pitch, and weather conditions put the inspector’s safety at risk. When climbing on the roof is not possible, the roof is examined either by binoculars, from a sub-roof, or by a ladder at the eaves.


Special efforts are made to disclose any evidence of decay or water infiltration. Progressing upwards from the basement, the inspector next examines the kitchen. He checks the function of the sink and all plumbing connections and briefly operates the appliances. Each bathroom fixture is examined and the functional condition is evaluated. Within the living spaces, the walls, floors, ceilings, and staircases are all examined, along with a representative sample of windows, outlets, switches, and lights. The INSPECT A HOME inspector will even stick their head inside the fireplace.


While in the attic, the inspector will observe the condition and function of each of the mechanical systems including: heating system, electrical system, plumbing system, hot water heater, and central air conditioning system. They will also examine the accessible parts of the roof structure and alert you regarding signs of previous roof or flashing leaks and potential leakage points. The attic insulation, vapor barrier, and means of ventilation are also inspected.

Our Inspection Report

At the conclusion of the actual inspection of the property, a full verbal report will be given to you. The inspector will then return to the INSPECT A HOME office where a full reference library is available to the inspector, so any additional facts can be copied and made available to you (something you won’t find in an on-the-spot report).


We spend on average 2–3 hours after the property inspection preparing a very comprehensive narrative final report. The report will document all of the observations made at the time of inspection and will advise you to contact other qualified experts when major repairs are anticipated. The report is then delivered to you in a form that can be easily read and understood.


After the Houston residential inspection process has been completed, we will always provide as many free phone consultations as are needed.

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