We offer Certified home inspection services including Residential, Commercial, WDI/Termite, Stucco, Pool & Spa, Thermal Imaging, Septic, Air Quality/Mold Testing, Lead, Asbestos, Quality Water Testing & Well, Phase/New Construction, and Pre-Listing inspections.
Many homes in Houston have problems with the foundation. Do you assess the foundation during home inspections?
Yes. In fact, we are one of the few home inspection companies that actually take measurements of the foundation to ensure everything is right. Texas law mandates that inspectors visually inspect the foundation. However, since foundation flaws can be covered up with paint or siding, a visual examination isn’t dependable. Our digital measurements are much better at detecting any defects.
What aspects of the home can you inspect?
Guiding Light Home Inspection Services is one of the few inspection companies qualified to assess everything. Since we’re a one-stop-shop, we save you time, stress, and money. From septic inspections to pool inspections, we can evaluate every important system in the home. We can even do a mold inspection or termite and pest inspection. Call 866.504.4994 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
What is covered in a typical inspection?
– Foundation-Grading & Drainage-Roof-Roof Structure-Walls (Interior & Exterior)
– Ceilings & Floors-Doors (interior & Exterior)
– Windows-Stairs (Interior & Exterior)
– Fireplaces & Chimneys-Porches/Patios/Decks/Balconies/Carports
– Other-Cabinets-Sidewalks & Driveways-Fences
– Service Entrance & Panels-Branch Circuits/Connected Devices/Fixtures-Doorbell-Smoke/Fire/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
– Heating Systems-Cooling Systems-Ducts/Chases/Vents
– Plumbing Supply/Distribution/Fixtures-Drains/Waste/Vents-Water Heating Equipment-Hydro Massage Therapy Equipment-Gas Distribution System
– Dishwasher-Food Waste Disposer-Range Hood & Exhaust System-Ranges/Cooktops/Ovens-Microwave Ovens-Mechanical Exhaust Vents-Garage Door Operators-Dryer Exhaust System
– Landscape Irrigation System-Swimming Pools/Spas/Hot Tubs & Equipment-Out Buildings-Private Water Wells-Private Sewage Disposal (Septic) Systems
WOOD DESTROYING INSECT (TERMITE) REPORT
Why do I need an inspection?
The purchase of a home is the most costly investment most people make. The home is visually inspected inside and outside for defects which could be costly if not discovered in time. The inspection is a limited visual inspection and not technically exhaustive.
How long does an inspection take?
The inspection time varies depending on many factors. These include accessibility of components, size of the structure, and the number of defects. On average inspections will take 60-75 minutes per 1000 square feet of the property.
Should I be present at the inspection?
While it is not required, we are educators at heart, and urge you to be present to observe the process and ask questions. Furthermore, the report is much easier to understand if you have actually seen the problems firsthand.
Do I get a written report following the inspection?
Yes! In most cases, you will receive an email with a link to retrieve the report within an hour of the inspection.
Does the inspection report indicate the cost of repairs?
No. Those costs should be quoted by qualified contractors, professionally licensed technicians, or companies that are in the repair business. The inspector may offer cost assumptions based on experience, but you should still seek quotes from professional contractors.
Do I have to repair items listed in the inspection report?
No. Depending on the terms of the sales contract, repair items are either accepted “as-is” or may be negotiated between the buyer and seller. Remember, the report is primarily an information tool.
Who pays for the inspection and when?
The fee is usually paid by the buyer (pre-purchase) or seller (pre-listing) at the time of inspection. However, for an additional fee, our company is happy to invoice the title company for payment at closing.
Who selects the inspector?
You (the home buyer) select the inspector. Setting the time and date of the inspection may be done by you or by an authorized agent.
If the home is vacant, should all of the utilities be turned on?
Yes! All utilities must be on prior to the inspector’s arrival. The inspection cannot be thoroughly completed if the utilities are not on. This will result in an additional return visit fee. Your agent can arrange for the utilities to be turned on.
Are all inspection reports the same?
No. The Texas Real Estate Commission has established a standardized inspection form for all inspectors to follow. This form establishes minimum standards. Our report includes additional information such as an easy to read Repair Summary Page. This information is not provided by many inspectors.
The seller is providing a home warranty. Should I still get an inspection?
Yes. Home warranties do not cover many components of your home and may include severe restrictions which could void the warranty. These restrictions may include pre-existing conditions. An inspection may prevent this from occurring and may reveal defects that would not fall under the umbrella of a home warranty.
High-quality images in an HTML report so you can see what’s important. Our full, visual report is delivered within 24 hours of the inspection.
Informational sections so you can learn about your home. We go through the report and findings with you and your agent after the inspection.
Issues are pointed out with who to call for more info
Our modern reports can be viewed on your phone or tablet.
Our reports feature a Repair Request Document generator for our agent partners. This helps agents quickly grab the language to copy/paste into their document to ask for repairs or concessions.
A table of contents that jumps you to any section at any time.
Text summary of defects to easily copy/paste into your Repair Addendum.
Easy filters that only show you major safety hazards or defects.
A simple summary that shows you how many items you need to be aware of.
A PDF version of your report for saving or printing.
From our HTML report, click on the Agent Tools button and on Repair Request Builder
Select which recommendations you want to include in the report and add the credit amount requested or a comment.
Click preview to see what the document will look like. The running total for credits requested will appear at the top right of the Repair Request Builder.
Click Create to get the link to copy/paste into your own email or send directly through the system!
We are waiting to talk to you about your home! Get in touch with us if you have any questions or comments!