Are you looking for a full home inspection or something more specific? We have you covered with inspection services ranging from standard home inspections to new construction inspectionr, pre-pour and pre-drywall inspections, pool & spa inspections, termite (WDI) inspections, irrigation system inspections, and water quality testing. Gain greater peace of mind and clarity when buying a home, or ensure a smooth transaction with maximum return when selling your home.
Purchasing a new home also means buying that home's problems. With a pre-purchase home inspection you can see exactly what you're buying. Problems discovered during the inspection could allow you to renegotiate to offset the costs of repairs — potentially saving you thousands of dollars. We'll even help you become familiar with the property.View Details
Sometimes selling your home can be just as much of a roller coaster as buying one. Getting a pre-listing home inspection can help ensure a quick and smooth transaction. You can enter the selling process with confidence that there won't be any nasty surprises. You'll also avoid delays, which could last for weeks or even months.View Details
Unfortunately, new does not always mean perfect. In fact, new doesn't even guarantee good. Material defects and human error during the construction process can lead to expensive problems later on. A new construction home inspection can help identify these problems early, when they're cheaper to fix. Some issues may even be covered under warranty.View Details
The pre-pour inspection, as the name suggests, takes place after the foundation has been prepared but before the foundation concrete has been poured. Once the concrete has been poured, the opportunity to inspect the foundation is gone. The Pre-Pour Inspection should be scheduled, in coordination with the builder, at least a couple of days before the pour date to ensure that any issues can be addressed.
The pre-drywall inspection takes place after the home's roofing material, exterior wall cladding, and windows have been installed, along with the "roughing in" of the framing, plumbing, and electrical wiring. At this point the walls have not been covered, granting the inspector access to plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems that are normally inaccessible. Some common problems discovered at this stage include improper cutting or boring of load-bearing studs and improperly installed window flashings.
If you're looking to buy a home with a pool or spa, then it's strongly advised to get a pool and spa inspection. While these features are highly sought after, they can also be very expensive to maintain and repair. A pool & spa inspection includes checking the pool's structure, safety features, equipment, as well as the surrounding deck.View Details
If you're considering buying a home equipped with a lawn irrigation system (sprinkler system), we highly recommend having that system inspected by a professional. This is a visual inspection of the controllers, connections and valves, exposed lines, and sprinkler heads to ensure that everything is working properly. Damaged or leaking irrigation systems can have high replacement or repair costs, and can significantly increase your water bill.
Commonly referred to as a termite inspection, Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspections look for more than just termites, including wood boring beetles and carpenter ants. Termites alone cause billions of dollars in property damage every year in the United States. Because they can be difficult to detect, a properly trained inspector is necessary to check for the presence of any WDIs in your home.View Details
Water quality testing is important to verify that the water in your home is not tainted by any dangerous or offensive contaminants such as certain strains of bacteria, lead, nitrates/nitrites, other heavy metals such as arsenic, and more. Water quality tests should be performed regardless of whether the water comes from a public source or a private well.
Septic repairs can be very expensive, not to mention unpleasant. We offer inspections for aerobic septic systems to makes sure the system is safe and in good working condition. An aerobic septic inspection includes a visual inspection of the tanks, checking the operation of safety controls, checking for the presence of chlorine tablets, checking for damaged sprinkler heads, and more.
A well water flow test will check the condition and yield of an underground well that supplies water to your home. The test checks the flow rate and pressure over an extended period of time. If the flow rate from the well is not high enough, then you may have water supply problems, especially for a large family.
Did we discover any major problems when we inspected your home? Once the issue has been resolved by a professional, we can return to inspect the items and ensure that the work has been properly completed. Remember to always have the work performed by a licensed professional.
Check faucets and showers, looking for visible leaks as well as testing water pressure. Identify the types of pipes used, if visible. Identify the location of the main water shutoff valve.
Identify the type of wiring, test all outlets and make sure there are GFCIs installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. Inspect the electrical panel for safety issues and fire hazards.
Determine the age of the furnace and air conditioner, whether or not they function properly, and possibly recommend repairs or maintenance.
Determine the age of the water heater and check for proper installation. We can also determine the condition and possibly give an estimated remaining life span of the unit.
Check for proper ventilation. A poorly ventilated dryer exhaust can be a serious fire hazard.
Test smoke detectors and ensure that the garage wall, if present, has the proper fire rating and is undamaged. Also check the fireplace for proper installation and maintenance.
Check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, proper ventilation to prevent moisture related issues, and more.
If possible, check for structural damage and proper ventilation. Also check insulation and ensure that nothing is ventilated directly into the attic, such as the bathroom.
Check for damaged or missing siding, cracks, and excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests.
Check for possible foundation failure, indicated by cracks or settling.
Check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation.
If accessible and visible, check for roof damage or poor installation that may allow for water penetration as well as checking the condition of the gutters.
Test the garage door for proper functionality, check for proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and check for risks of explosion from ignition sources too close to the floor.
Bartee Inspections provides professional home inspection services in Southeast Texas including Houston, New Waverly, Huntsville, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Cleveland, Livingston, Madisonville, Centerville, Buffalo, Bryan/College Station, Navasota, Brenham, Bellville, Sealy, and surrounding areas. Not sure if that's you? Give us a call at (936) 443-8235 or send us an email.