Why should you have a Double C Home Inspection completed on a new construction home?
Newly built homes are great. They have the new home smell and look amazing. So, why get a
home inspection, right?
Skipping out on a home inspection is like not looking at your car because it just got to the lot.
How many recalls are heard about with new vehicles? Buying a home and getting it inspected is
in the same category… except a home can be a lot more costly to fix.
Who wants to move into a home that must be fixed because things weren’t done right? Who
has the time to complete things that should have been installed correctly?
Home inspections can provide you with peace of mind!
From touring the home for the first time, to when the builder says they are done, we know that this is the best feeling
in the world. You may be thinking, “the wait is over” it is finally time!! Everyone may be arguing over who
gets what room and where they are going to put their things. But, did anyone notice that when
the doors are closed, they don’t fully close? Or did anyone notice that when someone uses the sinks, there's a leak in the cabinet below?
Many of the small things that are missed due to excitement and relief when it's finally time to move in, might first be caught by Double C Home Inspections. We take pride in inspecting for these issues, and we provide you with a report that will bring them to your attention before you move in.
One thing that is usually forgotten and super easy to fix is missing splash blocks at the bottom of rain gutter downspouts.
This item is inexpensive and easy to install, but if not present can potentially cause big problems with a structure's foundation.
In the end don’t let the small things a Double C Home Inspection could have found, cost you big bucks!
We take great pride in providing each service we perform! If you'd like to learn more, check back again here often!
Okay, here's the scenario:
You have found the home you love, and you have the home inspected.
Several issues are found on the inspection report that you want the home seller to repair, so you make the moves needed to request that this happen properly based on the inspector's findings.
The seller replies back some time later that these repairs have been made as requested. Your closing date is coming up soon, and you want to make sure that those repairs were completed correctly.
So, what do you do?
On average, we complete about 1-2 re-inspections per month, so less than 5% of our business overall.
I have to be honest; I dread completing a re-inspection! DREAD IT! Why? Because of the 100 or so I have done as an inspector, I have had only ONE where every repair the seller claimed to have completed correctly was actually completed correctly. Why are so many not completed correctly? I don't know.....
So now, we have a prime example of lack of return on investment for the client. Our inspection company does charge for every re-inspection we complete because it is time on our schedule where we could be earning a full fee inspecting a home elsewhere. Honestly, I believe that any experienced, self respecting inspection company should charge for this service.
To sum up the above scenario; the client (buyer) has now paid us 2 separate fees, and repairs still aren't right.
Instead of the above scenario, we recommend this: have the seller provide documentation from the contractor they hired to complete the job showing how the item was corrected, by whom, & when. If a licensed or qualified pro was hired to complete the job, then we should assume they know what they're doing and they are capable of doing the job correctly. In the event that the contractor didn't do the job correctly, the client will know who to contact next.
This solution is much more advantageous to the client, and provides the needed documentation for peace of mind.
Pool Time Preparations
Pools are always a fun time to spend with family, but unfortunately as a Home Inspector in west texas, the maintenance and safety of the swimming pool is sometimes disregarded.
As a full service inspection company, we want to help! Read on to see some helpful tips that will help keep your pool safe, as well as looking and working well throughout the year!
Make sure that the pool is properly secured from unwanted guests (and liabilities!!)
Having the gates open away from the pool and having the locking mechanism at the correct height at all of the entrances is a good way to make sure the perimeter of the pool is secured. This is relatively simple to correct, and not very expensive!
Perception is Reality to any potential buyer.
Making sure that the minor details such as cracks in the decking and coping of the pool and pool accessories are not overlooked will keep the maintenance to a minimum.
Here in Midland Tx pools are a commodity and are more common than expected. The water from the surrounding area is heavy in hard minerals and can affect the pools filtering system. Having the correct chemicals in the pool with affect the clarity and cleanliness of the pool.
Water can be the life of the party or the demise of the surrounding areas of the pool. Water will get in the cracks in the decking and copping and cause spalling or in the winter can be affected by the freeze/thaw cycle.
Sealing the cracks in pool decking will help prevent future damage and repairing or painting any areas that have begun to rust will increase the longevity of the areas.
There are no second chances at first impressions.
Make a list for monthly check-ups so you can stay on top of the overall maintenance of the pool. This will make sure everything is up to par and can potentially keep the out of pocket expenses down with the preventative measures taken. West Texas is known for being hot and dry, having a properly working safe pool is the best thing to have for these temperatures.
Questions or concerns about your swimming pool? We can help! Contact us today!
Adrian Lopez - #24214
So many of the defects Adrian and I find as a home inspection company are related to lack of maintenance.
Below you'll find some simple tips to help your home last longer, look nicer, and function more efficiently!
1. Don't neglect painting or otherwise maintaining the exterior of the home - especially trim!
It's easy to focus on the interior of the home for paint, decor, etc, but don't forget the exterior too. Paint goes a long way towards preventing wood rot and other associated problems. Make the most of your curb appeal with this simple and affordable task!
2. Maintain your homes' systems as intended.
*Air filters at your HVAC system should be changed as often as recommended by the manufacturer, or more often if needed. This helps the system function more efficiently, and can also help with allergens in the air.
*Water heaters should be drained regularly. This will usually help extend the life of your water heater if you start off doing this from day one.(You can find step by step guidance for completing this task on this website.)
*Chimneys should be cleaned regularly to prevent possible creosote build up and potential chimney fires.
*Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly per manufacturer's instructions. Replace batteries as directed, and remember to have smoke detectors in every sleeping area, hallway, and on every floor of the home at a minimum! Life saving advice!
3. Look for ways to make your home more energy efficient.
In addition to the items mentioned above:
Consider replacing burned out light bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs.
Have your HVAC system professionally cleaned and serviced at least annually - this will help the system function more effectively and hopefully last longer too.
Check the temp on your hot water supply - you can complete this task with a stem thermometer or other means. If the water temp is too high (over 130*) it can lead to potential burns to vulnerable individuals, but dialing back the thermostat on your water heater can also help save energy. You can find instructions for completing this process on our website!
Adding insulation to your attic is almost always an effective means of improving energy efficiency. This is a service offered by many HVAC contractors, but is possible to DIY too.
Caulk and properly seal around doors and windows. This becomes even more important in the winter months to stop those cold drafts!
We have many more helpful tips on our blog from the past 6+ years of service! Keep reading and check back here again soon!
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If you'd like to add this option to a home inspection, let us know when ordering the property inspection! We are happy to help!
We often serve clients that are not sure how the inspection process works. We want to make sure we give our client the service they need and provide realistic expectations for every home and home buyer. Below, you'll find the steps involved in a Double C Home Inspection:
1. Book the inspection - the more info provided to us, the better! You can request an inspection here and $AVE $25: https://www.doublecinspection.com/request-your-inspection-247.html
2. We will send a confirmation email to you (and your agent if applicable).
3. Now, the seller or their rep should be notified of the scheduled inspection date and time. This is important!
4. Inspection date and time has arrived! INFO INCOMING!! The inspection itself usually takes 2-3 hours, and is very thorough. We look forward to seeing you there! The inspector will save discussion and commentary on what he's found til the end of the inspection; much like texting while driving, "walk and talks" are not real home inspections and are very distracting, and we strive to avoid them!
5. Once the inspection is completed, the report will be emailed to you (and your agent if applicable) the same day. THAT'S FAST!
6. Questions? Comments? We're always a click, text or call away! firstname.lastname@example.org (432) 202 - 7544
Unfortunately, I am seeing more and more inspection companies that provide inspection reports that don't give any real value to the client or the agent.
What do I mean? Have you seen an inspection report with useless junk like this included?
"TREC Limitations: The Inspector is not required to determine the remaining life expectancy of the roof covering or the number of layers of roof covering material or to identify latent hail damage or to exhaustively examine all fasteners adhesion or to provide an exhaustive list of location of deficiencies and water penetrations, ."
"Buyers Advisory Notice: Attic ventilation is important. In cold weather, the hot moist air will condense on the roof members. In hot weather, the radiant heat will make the house uncomfortable. (The minimum specifications are 1 sq. Ft. Net free ventilating area for every 150 sq ft of attic floor space)."
I could go on and on and on.....
Does this info help you or your client identify defects that may be a concern? How do you tell what's a defect and what is the inspector doing some CYA (cover your a**)?
As a professional inspector with thousands of inspections completed, inspection reports with nonsense like the info above included are an embarrassment to the profession. To me, they are an example of an inspection company or inspector that is not confident in the job they are doing, or an inspection company or inspector that doesn't understand what the client or agent needs from the inspection report.
How do you avoid hiring someone that provides poor quality reports? You need to know the inspector you are referring. You need to know that they have the experience and know how to provide you with a complete report that is USEFUL!
Contact us today! We provide REAL information to REAL clients and REAL agents!
I know, I know....we all look at the cost. But what's the final cost?
As Americans, we are trained to look at price first.
What do each of these have in common? They are products. Things.
Now, think about this:
What do each of these have in common? Each are licensed professionals. They are not products or things.
Would you expect equivalent service from the cheapest attorney or doctor and the best attorney or doctor? Of course not! The cheapest attorney or doctor might be inexperienced, or may not provide the same attention to detail that the best attorney or doctor provided.
Remember, you get what you pay for. There are dozens of cheap inspectors in our area. Some might do a good job. Most are probably inexperienced, or even part time inspectors, working a full time job elsewhere because their business has never really taken off. Other inspectors market only on price. Why? Probably because they have nothing else to offer that makes them any better than any other inspector out there.
I don't understand why anyone would look for the cheapest inspector when needing a professional opinion on the biggest investment they will ever make! It is completely illogical, much like choosing the cheapest doctor when your life is on the line, or the cheapest attorney when everything else is at stake!
Once again, the message should be clear: You get what you pay for!
Concerned about your foundation?
Did you know it is estimated by an experienced Texas Professional Engineer that nearly ALL of the foundation repairs performed in Texas were never necessary? Talk to a homeowner in Houston, San Antonio, or Dallas, and they either know someone who has had "repairs" completed on their foundation or they have themselves. In West Texas, this is just beginning to become a bigger business, kind of like sewer drain line replacements were a few years ago and still are today. Foundation repair companies are cropping up here and there, looking to get their hands on big money, & in the process discouraging home owners and scaring off home buyers!
So what's a realtor, home buyer, or home owner to do?
Call a professional.
Double C Home Inspections is now offering Engineering Level Foundation Evaluations with all of our other services! This means you can provide your seller or buyer (or both) with the peace of mind that comes with an experienced, licensed professional to provide a complete, thorough evaluation of the foundation elevations at the home in question.
There are numerous ways this could help with the home transaction process:
New Construction Home: this is ideal for a "Benchmark Evaluation", establishing where the foundation is today. This will tell everyone else in the future where the foundation was on this date. No ifs, ands, or butts!
Existing home: This is where we can really help! Have the foundation evaluated and know before it ever gets to the point of calling in the repair guy!
Did you know? Most foundation repair contractors are not licensed, not certified, sometimes not even well trained? BEWARE!
Have you ever contacted a repair company for an evaluation before?
Did they say, " There are cracks all over the brick on the outside of the home, this foundation needs repairing!"
Actually - (Per The Structural Committee of The Foundation Performance Association) - This is most often caused by thermal expansion behind the brick (Not a foundation problem!)
Did they say, "The floor is definitely out of level, needs repairing!"
Actually - the foundation was most likely installed out of level (Not a foundation problem!)
Did they say, "Doors are not closing correctly or are swinging open/closed on their own. Foundation needs repairing!
Actually - The doors or door frame are most likely installed incorrectly (Not a foundation problem!)
Did they say, "These cracked floor tiles are a problem. Foundation needs repairing!
Actually - Floor tile cracks are almost never related to foundation defects. They are floor defects (Not a foundation problem!)
These are a small sample of the real answers provided by structural engineers to problems that don't exist!
So, how does a foundation evaluation from Double C Home Inspections work?
You can book your inspection @ www.doublecinspection.com and select foundation evaluation along with any other optional service you might need, (like a termite inspection, etc.)
You can call, text, or email us and let us know you want this service added to the inspection
Once the inspection is completed and report is ready, you'll receive the foundation evaluation survey report with any other reports you've requested. Simple!
We're excited to offer this new, and in high demand service to West Texas!
Below you'll find a helpful tool I've created based on my experience inspecting homes in West Texas over the past 6 years. Whether your home is in Littlefield, Lubbock or Lamesa; Midland, Odessa, Monahans, or Muleshoe: This graph rings true based on the age of the homes I have inspected; 3000+ homes and counting! Please keep in mind that this information can vary. Feel free to download the graph, print, and share with others!