ARE YOU READY TO MAKE THE LARGEST INVESTMENT OF YOUR LIFE?

We shine a light on what you can’t see

 
Guiding Light Home Inspection Services Has Helped Thousands of Families Throughout Texas Protect Their Largest Investment.

Your Peace of Mind is Our Passion!

It’s understandable to be nervous when you’re buying a house, whether you are a first-time buyer, a veteran homeowner, or an investor who buys multiple homes. Home buying is a big investment. In fact, one of the largest you will ever make in your lifetime. However, there are many things you can do to ensure the process goes smoothly, and you know what your home is like from the foundation to the roof.

While the lender may choose the appraiser, you choose the home inspector. This is because the inspection isn’t for the lender. IT’S FOR YOU. A home inspection helps you, the buyer, see if there are concerns or problems with the property – and if you still want to buy the house. At Guiding Light Home Inspection Services, thousands of buyers have trusted us to do this job for them. We reinforce our client’s faith and trust in us as the inspector by completing a thorough inspection, explaining the process and our findings as we go, and providing you a detailed report to refer to after the inspection. Our goal is to make you feel better about the entire home buying process by ensuring you are aware of each system of the home you are purchasing. 

Many clients come in with concerns and feeling stress about an upcoming home inspection. As your inspector, our job is to give you an honest, thorough evaluation of the property while educating you as to what any potential issues can mean for you. Keeping an open mind through the process is the best option. Our passion is to help our clients understand all the systems that make up their potential home and to ensure it is in sound structural and mechanical condition. To do this, we inspect the house itself and all its systems, from whether doors open properly to the plumbing draining the tub correctly. We further inspect the outside, from the foundation to the roof, and the grounds, whether you have a septic tank, sprinklers, or a pool. If a problem is found within any of these systems in the house doesn’t mean that the sale can’t go through. In many cases, the seller may repair the problem or contribute towards repairing it, and you can get the house you really like, after all. Just stay open- minded during the inspection and afterward as you look through the report. This will help you make the right choice on whether to buy the house.

Not only do we help home buyers, we also assist homeowners who are ready to sell their current property as they move to a larger house or relocate. We offer what’s termed a pre-listing inspection which helps sellers know any potential issues of their home before putting it on the market, allowing an opportunity to repair or consider compensation if there is an issue which is deficient. A pre-listing inspection gives a seller an advantage, having their home professionally inspected, and helps to place them in a better negotiating position.

If you are interested in a pre-listing inspection, please visit our Inspected Houses link to learn more.

Top 5 things to consider when choosing a home inspector.

1. Does the inspector want you around during the entire inspection?

At Guiding Light Home Inspection Services, we encourage every client to be present at their inspection if possible.  We take pride in allowing our clients to follow us throughout the inspection, so they can see exactly what we see.  We are educators at heart, encouraging questions throughout the inspection process. Our goal is for you to be familiar with your house’s systems, from top to bottom, before you close.

2. Is the inspector a member of ASHI, InterNACHI or any other professional inspectors’ group?

Guiding Light Home Inspection Services only employees the absolute best and highly qualified inspectors.  With this regard, each of our inspectors are Texas licensed, and certified in one or more of the following state or national organizations; 

  • TDA 
  • TDLR 
  • TAREI
  • TPREIA
  • ASHI 
  • InterNACHI
  • NAWT

3. Does the inspector have additional experience and certifications?

Guiding Light Home Inspection Services inspectors have collectively completed more than 3,000 home inspections with a cumulative total of 15 years in the business.  Additionally, our inspectors are licensed, certified, and qualified to inspect your home in the following areas: 

  1. commercial pest control,
  2. septic, 
  3. well and quality water testing,
  4. air quality testing, 
  5. stucco, 
  6. lead, 
  7. asbestos, 
  8. pool and spa, 
  9. thermal imaging, 
  10. foundation evaluation, 
  11. phase/new construction.

4. Can the inspector perform ancillary inspections?

Guiding Light Home Inspection Services offers one-stop shopping at competitive rates. Our licensed and insured home inspectors can handle every aspect of the home inspection process — from the bottom of the foundation to the top of the roof.

5. Will the inspector send me copies of license and insurance documents?

The Texas Real Estate Commission requires home inspectors to carry a minimum of $100,000 Errors & Omissions and General Liability insurance.  Guiding Light Home Inspection Services carries 10 times the state required minimums. Our licenses and insurance are available upon request.

Our Services

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.

We provide Inspection services to Spring, Texas and surrounding areas – including Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Wharton, Waller, and Grimes counties.

Residential Inspections

Eliminate headaches by getting out in front of potential issues your home might have.

New Construction/Phase Inspections

Buy with confidence knowing you understand the investment you’re about to make.

Mold Testing

Mold is sneaky and often hard to detect. Make sure you know if action needs to be taken.

WDI/Termite Inspections

Whether you’re buying or selling, if you think you might have termites it’s a good idea to get an inspection.

Stucco Inspections

Stucco siding is beautiful but very porous and needs to be maintained well or it can lead to serious issues.

Pool & Spa Inspections

Keep your family safe by getting your pool inspected.

Buyer Inspections

Starting at

$400

Our inspections include: WDI/Termite Inspection, Thermal Imaging and Foundation Evaluation

High Quality Photos & Video

A photo speaks a thousand words. All noted recommendations in your report will be annotated with red or orange shapes. That way you will know exactly what you’re looking at!

Fast Reports

No waiting 2 or 3 days for your home inspection report. In most cases, we will email your report no later than an hour after the inspection is completed. In most cases you will have your report emailed to you the same day as your inspection.

Extensive Report

Color coded system tabs on every page makes it easy to navigate. The reports are easy to read and very understandable. Pictures and illustrations are included to make noted problems clear. View sample report.

Clear Simple Pricing

What does a home inspection cost? You don’t have to jump through hoops to find out how much you’re going to pay for gas, food or clothes. So why should it be that way in the service industry? You’re right, it shouldn’t!

We Communicate

We speak your language and let you know the most important items.

We Take Pride in Our Work

We inspect your home as if it were our own.

Competitive Pricing

We deliver exceptional value for reasonable prices.

Great Support

Any anything. Before, during and after the inspection.

Building Experience

Experience is the greatest teacher. We use ours so you can learn about your home.

Quality Report

A modern report so you can know what issues to address immediately.

FAQ

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?

STRUCTURAL:

– 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

ELECTRICAL:

– Service Entrance & Panels-Branch Circuits/Connected Devices/Fixtures-Doorbell-Smoke/Fire/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

HVAC:

– Heating Systems-Cooling Systems-Ducts/Chases/Vents

PLUMBING:

– Plumbing Supply/Distribution/Fixtures-Drains/Waste/Vents-Water Heating Equipment-Hydro Massage Therapy Equipment-Gas Distribution System

APPLIANCES:

– Dishwasher-Food Waste Disposer-Range Hood & Exhaust System-Ranges/Cooktops/Ovens-Microwave Ovens-Mechanical Exhaust Vents-Garage Door Operators-Dryer Exhaust System

OPTIONAL/ANCILLARY SYSTEMS:

– 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.

Guiding Light Home Inspection Services – Spring, TX

At Guiding Light Home Inspection Services, we value the relationships we create with our agents.

Serving AGENTS in Texas since 2012.

Guiding Light Home Inspection Services – The most trusted name in home inspection

The home inspection process, from the scheduling phone call to referencing the report after closing, is a major aspect in your client’s satisfaction. At Guiding Light Home Inspection Services, our goal is to provide you and your client the whole package and peace of mind.  We have the knowledge, service and modern reports. We inspect, advise, and educate you during the home inspection through our knowledge, highly rated customer service and our modern reporting software.

Guiding Light Home Inspection Services is the best choice for your clients.

  • Client Friendly

    We are clear, honest and keep our findings in perspective to your clients

  • Tech-Savvy

    We handle online agreements, payments and scheduling so you don’t have to worry about it

  • Convenient

    We make ourselves available to schedule online, phone or email.

  • Communication

    We got your back with email and text reminders and follow-ups to you and your clients

  • Visual, Concise and Modern Reports

    We produce the best modern report in the industry. It’s clean and easy-to-read on any mobile device.

  • Visual

    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.

  • Informative

    Informational sections so you can learn about your home. We go through the report and findings with you and your agent after the inspection.

  • Useful

    Issues are pointed out with who to call for more info

  • Mobile-Friendly

    Our modern reports can be viewed on your phone or tablet.

  • Agent-Friendly

    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.

Modern Home Inspection Reports That Are Helpful

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A table of contents that jumps you to any section at any time.

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Text summary of defects to easily copy/paste into your Repair Addendum.

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Easy filters that only show you major safety hazards or defects.

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A simple summary that shows you how many items you need to be aware of.

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A PDF version of your report for saving or printing.

Agents – Your Job Just Got Easier

Introducing the Repair Request Builder from Guiding Light Home Inspection Services

Guiding Light Home Inspection Services Repair Request Builder allows our real estate agent partners to quickly select which of our recommendations to include in a custom report to send to the listing agent. At Guiding Light Home Inspection Services, we truly value your partnership and want to do everything we can to service our mutual clients while making your job a little easier.

You get an HTML and PDF document that includes our language and allows you to enter in a requested credit amount and custom comments. Let us know if you have any questions!

Here’s How it Works

Client Testimonials

“This review is long overdue! I recently bought my first home and consulted many inspection companies prior to finding Guiding Light Home Inspection. By far, Mike was the most professional and helpful (as I had many, many questions). Mike had no issue going over in detail with me what all my home inspection would include… Read more

-Taylor M.

“Guiding Light Home Inspections did an AMAZING job on our new construction inspection. Not only does he know his stuff, but he found deficiencies and checked many things that we did not even think to look at or ask about! He was early to our appointment and took his time to go through our home with a fine-tooth comb! Read more

-Ashleigh K.

“Guiding Light Home Inspections was extremely thorough with our inspection and offered many, many helpful tips to maintain our home going forward. We are extremely happy with their services and HIGHLY recommend to everyone needing a good and thorough home inspection.”

-Amy M.

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