Home Inspections, Spring, Woodlands, Conroe, Houston
WHAT HELP IS OFFERED TO YOU?
A David Wilkey PHI inspection enables you to take control of your real estate transaction by helping you:
- Identify potential problems
- Survey the property's condition
- Consider possible repairs and upgrades
- Take measure of your investment decision
- Experience confidence and peace of mind about your investment and any negotiations
- I AM IMPARTIAL AND WORK FOR YOU
My job is to provide you with a comprehensive, fair, independent, objective evaluation so that you can understand and take care of your valuable investment. Your interests are our interests before, during, and after the inspection.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The inspection provides an invaluable learning and discovery experience during which your questions can be answered on the spot. You will gain insight into maintenance and other key information specifically about the property you are considering. I wholeheartedly encourage you to accompany me during the inspection. In addition, all of my clients are offered free telephone consultation after the inspection.
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It also could pay to look below the surface by getting a “pre listing home inspection” before listing the property. That way, problems that could hold up a sale are addressed in advance. Some estimate that for every dollar of perceived defect, buyers want a $2 to $3 discount. If that's true, it might pay off to spend $2,500 replacing an old furnace. Plus, replacing something as necessary as a furnace helps create a favorable perception of how well a seller taken care of the home. If there's a problem with an essential element of the house, a buyer might think "if that was neglected, what else was?"
The infrared camera offers a non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings - providing immediate high-resolution thermal imagery, revealing potential structural and moisture issues, energy efficiency and even rodent or pest discovery.
REAL ESTATE INSPECTION
Serving the Southeast Texas areas including Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Stafford, Sienna Plantation, Royal Oaks, River Oaks, Briarwood, Briar Forest, Cinco Ranch, Memorial, Spring Branch, City of Spring Valley Village, The Memorial Villages, Hedwig Village, Piney Point Village, Bunker Hill Village, Camp Logan, Rice Military, Garden Oaks, the Museum District, Montrose, the Heights, Jersey Village, Tallowood, Galleria, Bellaire, Downtown, Greenway Plaza, West University, Galveston, League City, Friendswood, Alvin, Clear Lake City, Pasadena, La Porte, Baytown, Champion Forest, Champions, Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, Woodlands, Benders Landing, Conroe, the Lake Conroe area, Cypress and Tomball. Other areas may be available upon request.
Pre-Inspection are priced by home size and age. Please see Fees.
$100 charge for follow up inspection.
Town Homes, Condos, Prefab as well as Mobile Home Inspections available as well.
Home inspections are performed by an independent certified home inspector. The inspector will physically evaluate your home and various systems and provide an easy to understand detailed report with the inspection findings. That is why a knowledgeable and experienced home inspector is crucial to ensure that your decision is a wise one. Whether you are buying or selling your home, this should be an exciting and happy time. Regrettably, no house is without issues, even new houses. An explanation in our unbiased home inspection report will cover the items that require immediate attention. The report will also provide findings of those trouble spots that will have future consequences for your family and pocketbook. Suggestions for repairs or replacement for these trouble spots in the findings. I will make time available for any questions before, during, and after the home inspection. It's the highest priority that you to understand these findings so that you will be well informed and satisfied with the purchase or sale of your home.
David Wilkey Professional Home Inspector's inspection report will help you understand where the problems lie. It is simple to understand, easy to read, and clear in what are the recommended repairs. Your report includes full comments on each item to clarify any shortcomings of the home or building. It includes:
Digital and Thermal photos of major inspection items that you need to see
- Foundation and support structure
- Roof systems
- Safety controls
- Water heater
- Electrical capacity & components
- Structural integrity
- Steps and stairs
- Heating system
- Central Air Conditioning system
- Walks and driveways
- Built-in appliances
- Plumbing system & fixtures
- Garages, Carports, Workshops or other external buildings
- Surface drainage
- Windows & doors
- Gutters & downspouts
- Sump pumps
- And much more
- I WORK FOR YOU!!!
Buyer’s Home Inspections
This is performed during the option period of the real estate purchase process and is designed to meet standards of the Texas Real Estate Commission. David Wikey Professional Home Inspector strives to exceed these standards to provide a higher quality inspection and peace of mind regarding your home purchase. This includes a visual inspection of the home’s accessible systems including foundation, grading and drainage, roof coverings and structure, attics, walls (interior and exterior), ceilings, floors, doors, windows, stairways, fireplaces and chimneys, porches, decks, balconies, carports, and garages. Also included is the electrical system from the main power service entrance to the branch circuits throughout the house. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is checked as well as the ducts, chases and vents. The home’s plumbing system is inspected from the main water supply entrance to the faucets, drains, tubs, showers, and vents. The hydro-massage tubs are operated if present. All built-in appliances are operated such as dishwashers, ovens, cooktops, hoods, microwave ovens, mechanical exhaust vents, dryer exhaust vents, and garage door openers.
Buyers of new construction homes are generally provided a 12-month warranty from the homebuilder. During the eleventh month, homeowners would be wise to consider an inspection to determine if there are any issues that would be covered under this warranty period. During the first year of a home’s life, the house tends to “settle in” as the various house systems start to fit together. For example, lumber used in the framing dries over time and shrinks, causing “nail pops” (cosmetic) or, more troubling, structural integrity issues. Small cracks in the interior and exterior walls may form. A home inspection at this time will help the homeowner understand the issues and be able to address them in the proper way. This may also be beneficial should a legal dispute arise.
Phased or progress inspections are performed for buyers who are building a home from the beginning and are interested in making sure their home will be built as correctly as possible. Phase 1 of these inspections cover the foundation, the basis of the house, and is done prior to pouring the concrete. All footings, reinforcement steel bars and forms are inspected for completeness, and for installation procedures. Phase 2 occurs when the house has been framed, the plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems have been “roughed in” but not completed, and the insulation and drywall has not been installed. This allows the inspector to “see inside the walls” and determine how the framing and systems work together and whether they have been installed to conform with industry standards. Phase 3 is performed when the home is complete and may be done either before or after your final walk through with the builder.
Pre-Listing or Seller's Inspection
This covers the same items as buyer's home inspections, but home seller’s should consider this option. This allows the seller to decide if they want to repair or replace deficient items prior to listing or at least be aware of the potential issues that might be raised by the buyer’s inspection later in the negotiation process. This may support the value of their home as well as speed the process along.
Maintenance inspections are requested by responsible homeowners to alert them to changes to their property that may require attention. Typically, these are done periodically every 12-18 months in order to allow the homeowners to budget for these expenses. Proper and timely home maintenance can provide peace of mind and profits at the time of sale for a well-maintained home.