Inspection Equipment

I make the utmost attempt to stay up-to-date with the current inspection technologies. For example, I may use digital moisture meters and infrared thermometers & cameras as supplemental equipment during our inspections. I use the Spectora inspection software on a smartphone or a tablet to develop my inspection reports as I am performing the inspection. This allows me to add comments, photos and even videos on the spot and likely have the report ready for you the same day, perhaps even before I leave the property. Reports are provided in two formats: one is the web version, which is interactive, can be filtered and is extremely easy to navigate; the other is the TREC-mandated REI 7-6 PDF format.

The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) establishes the minimum requirements for what is to be inspected. However, I believe in going well beyond these minimum standards. Below are examples of what I look for while performing an inspection on your home:


  • General Exterior
  • Proper grading drainage away from house and evidence of standing water
  • Landscaping, trees and flat work
  • Branches or bushes touching house or roof
  • Stairs & attached decks
  • Proper downspout drainage
  • Structure
  • Ridge and fascia boards
  • Sides of house appear plum
  • Window and door frame out-of-square
  • Condition of visible foundation
  • Windows, Doors and Wood Trim
  • Wood frames and trim pieces are secure, no cracks, rot or decay
  • Joints are caulked
  • Broken glass, screen presence and condition & broken window seals
  • Exterior Surfaces
  • Adequate clearance between ground siding materials
  • No wood-to-earth contact
  • Siding general damage, cracking, curling, loose, rot or decayed
  • cracked, broken, spalling, or flaking components of masonry veneers


  • Roof covering, evidence of:
  • Previous repairs
  • Cracking, blisters, wrinkles, curling, cupping, loss of granulation
  • Broken, damaged or missing shingles
  • More than two layers of roofing
  • Organic growth, rot or decay
  • Flashing around roof penetrations and at rake & eaves
  • Decayed or stained soffits & fascia boards
  • Evidence of inadequate venting


  • Decay or rust
  • Properly sealed joints
  • Secure attachment
  • Bending or sagging
  • Gutters debris build-up
  • Chimneys
  • Plum & properly flashed
  • Damaged bricks & joints
  • Chimney & rain cap present and in good condition


  • Floors, walls & ceilings
  • Floors, walls and ceilings appear straight and plumb and level
  • Evidence of staining or moisture intrusion
  • Significant cracks
  • Windows and door general condition operation
  • Paint, wall covering, and paneling in good condition
  • Lights and switches operate properly
  • Adequate number of three pronged electrical outlets in each room
  • Accessible electrical outlets test properly
  • Heating/Cooling source in each habitable room
  • Fireplace
  • Cracking or damaged masonry
  • Evidence of back-drafting
  • Damper operates properly
  • Flue clean & properly lined


  • Evidence of moisture intrusion, especially around roof penetrations
  • No evidence of decay or damage to structure
  • Sufficient insulation volume & proper installation


  • Unobstructed airflow from soffits
  • Adequately sized gable end louvers
  • All mechanical ventilation operational
  • Vents improperly terminating in attic
  • Electrical connections no in junction boxes


  • Exhaust fan operation and venting
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter (“gfci”) Protection for electrical outlets
  • Dishwasher:
  • Proper drainage
  • Evidence of previous or active leaks
  • Control & component operation
  • Presence of rust
  • Evidence of past of active leaks
  • Proper orientation of hot & cold water
  • Adequate fixture & drain flow
  • Corrosion and / Or deterioration on garbage disposal or waste pipes


  • Secured to structure
  • Doors and drawers operate properly
  • Evidence of moisture damage
  • Proper oven operation (+- 50 degrees of 350 degree setting)
  • Bathrooms
  • Exhaust fan operation and venting
  • Adequate fixture & drain flow
  • Plumbing and cabinet floor under sink in good condition


  • Proper operation & mounting
  • No stains or soft flooring around base
  • Caulking inside and outside of the tub and shower
  • Tub or shower tiles secure, wall surface solid
  • Evidence of inadequate support beneath and around tub, toilet & shower
  • No stains or evidence of past leaking around base of bath or shower

Basement or Mechanical Room

  • Evidence of moisture
  • Exposed concrete / Masonry foundation
  • Stains, flaking and efflorescence in exposed foundation
  • Major cracking
  • Leaning and / Or bulging
  • Visible structural wood
  • Sagging, damage, decay, staining
  • Proper sill attachment & sealing
  • Evidence of organic growth
  • Insulation at rim/Band joists


  • Piping
  • Damage, evidence of leaks, no signs of stains on materials near pipes
  • Drain pipes slope slightly down towards outlet to septic/Sewage system
  • Water pressure < 80 psi, presence of a pressure regulator & expansion tank (When applicable)
  • Water heater
  • Corrosion
  • Proper ventilation
  • Presence of a temperature-pressure relief valve and piping
  • Adequate height above garage floor (If applicable)
  • Drainage provisions


  • GFCI & AFCI presence
  • Exposed wiring condition
  • Exposed splices (Splices not in junction boxes)
  • Cable security and protection
  • Damaged or improperly wired outlets
  • Service panel
  • Adequate capacity
  • Proper connections
  • Evidence of damaged fuses or breakers
  • Apparent improper mismatched sizing of over-current protection and/Or wiring
  • Presence of aluminum branch circuit wiring
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detector presence and testing (With test button)
  • Automatic garage door opener
  • General operation,
  • Installation and operation of required safety systems

Crawl Space

  • Adequate ventilation
  • Insulation on exposed water supply, waste and vent pipes
  • Insulation between crawl space and heated areas,
  • Evidence of insect and / or moisture damage
  • Heating/Cooling System
  • Appears to operate well throughout (good air flow on forced hot air systems)
  • Improper location of supply or return registers/grills
  • Appropriate delta T between supply and return registers/grills
  • Flues
  • Seam sealing
  • Proper slope
  • Evidence of back drafting
  • Presence of corrosion
  • No combustion gas odor
  • Air filter presence and general condition
  • Ductwork in condition & support

Routine Departures from the TREC Standards of Practice

  • Temperature-Pressure Relief (TPR) Valves
    • Due to the risk of potential damage to the device and further resulting damage to the property, these will not be functionally tested during the inspection.
  • Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)
    • AFCIs will not be tested while the home is occupied or furnished. Testing these AFCIs while electrical devices are plugged into them may result in damage to the device.

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