Why we are your best choice!

  • Expertise / Knowledge – 13+Years Serving the greater Houston area / 20+Years Construction Background
  • Multi Inspector Firm
  • Same Day Reporting - Full Narrative with Summary Page including Color Digital Photos
  • Supra Access
  • One Stop Shopping - Add on Services available with Home Inspection:
    • Termite(WDI)Inspection
    • Pool and Spa
    • Thermal / Infrared Imaging
    • Irrigation
    • Aerobic and Conventional Septic
    • Well Water Testing
  • Easy Scheduling - Online 24/7 - Extended Office Hours - Monday - Sunday
  • Free Unlimited Consultation
  • New Construction (Final and 3 Phase Inspections)
buy-back-guarantee
  • Honored for 90 days after closing.
  • Valid for home inspections performed for home buyers by participating InterNACHI members.
  • We'll pay you whatever price you paid for the home.
  • The home must be listed with a licensed real estate agent.
  • Excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected per InterNACHI's Residential Standards of Practice.

Services

Home Inspection

Scope: Home inspectors identify problems and offers solutions. It is a visual examination and analysis of the physical structure and mechanical components of the home. The inspection report will cover the following:

  • Attic
  • Bathrooms
  • Central Heating/AC
  • Electrical
  • Exterior
  • Fireplace/Chimney
  • Foundation
  • Grounds
  • Gutters/Drainage
  • Interior Rooms
  • Kitchen/Appliances
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Structure
  • Water Heater
  • Windows/Doors

Experience/Knowledge: All of our inspectors are fully licensed and certified by TPREIA (TX Professional Real Estate Inspectors Association) and InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors). Each of our inspectors have years of experience with home inspections and also have several years background in construction which makes them extremely capable of identifying issues, be able to explain those issues and to provide educated suggested solutions to our clients in a language that they understand.

Inspection Report: Our inspection report includes details of our findings in an easy-to-understand manner. We have combined the best of the checklists and narrative-style formats to offer you a clear understanding of your prospective home and prioritize the findings. This helps you know which areas need to be addressed immediately and which are less urgent. Our reports includes a detailed full narrative of all components inspected, a summary page to highlight the most important issues, and full color digital photos for easy reference. (Click Here to view Sample Report)

Same Day Delivery: We provide same day delivery of your home inspection report. (Exceptions may apply)

Termite (WDI)

Your home is one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime, so it only makes sense to take steps to protect it. Termite inspections offer homeowners in the area numerous benefits.

If you’ve ever experienced a termite infestation, then you know how devastating it can be to have to deal with getting rid of the colony, addressing the structural damage, and preventing future infestations. It can be a long and difficult process, but fortunately, it can also be manageable with help from the right pest control experts.

The most effective way to rid your home of termites is to consult a pest control expert who can help identify the problem and the extent of the damage, rid your home of termites and lay down additional materials to protect against future infestations.

Termite inspections offer the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the home shows no signs of termite infestation. If a termite inspector does come across any damage, in many instances steps can be taken immediately to eliminate the invading termites and minimize the amount of damage that has occurred before it spirals into something much worse and more expensive. These types of inspections are the most cost effective way for any homeowner to protect their house from the damage associated with termite infestation.

Pool and Spa

Our inspectors are fully certified to perform pool inspections, using APSP guidelines in adherence with state and local codes. Our first and primary concern is to check for anything that creates a safety hazard to the occupants of the home.

The pool inspection is a visual inspection of the equipment and pool structures, from the very basic to the most luxurious styles of pools.

Scope: The pool is checked to make sure that it is safe, structurally sound and in good working condition. All areas around the pool are carefully checked, including the fence, walkway, diving boards, rails, deck, and lighting. All components of the pool are inspected including the following:

  • All Auto Controls
  • Salt Systems
  • Variable Speed Pumps
  • Filters
  • Pool Surfaces
Thermal/Infrared Imaging
CRT Certified - Infrared Camera

Our inspectors are certified to use Infrared camera on home inspections. We offer this as an optional add-on service with our Home Inspection.

Temperature Control

Whether you are considering the purchase of a new home or have long paid off your mortgage, you understand the importance in making any investment that will increase the efficiency and comfort of your home. The weather can bring with it uncomfortable conditions, and your dwelling is your safe haven from the elements. The staff here at ALL-TEX Inspections wants to work with you to ensure the energy use in your home is minimal, helping you both save money and reduce your carbon footprint. This can be done accurately with infrared thermal inspections.

Technology You Can Rely On

We use the latest technology equipment to provide Infrared Inspections which enable us to provide valuable information regarding the management of energy usage in your home. This allows us to pinpoint areas of concern that can be easily fixed to save you money, making an infrared inspection investment one that will pay you back several times over in the years to come. With these imaging scans, we are able to see defects that are not visible or readily visible to the unaided eye. Water penetration, missing insulation, overheating breakers, and plumbing leaks are all problems that allow our inspectors to make educate interpretations of what may be occurring.

Detecting Air Leakage

It is important to have a reliable and efficient air ventilation system, In order for your home to effectively provide comfort and safety. What many homeowners may fail to realize, however, is that air is leaking from various openings. Due primarily to poor construction and design, it is possible that you may be spending a small fortune on your energy bills if these types of problems are present in your home. Using our cameras, we are able to easily spot these inefficiencies and provide consultation on the best plan of action to correct them.

Increase Your Efficiency

When you schedule an appointment with one of our skilled professionals, there are a number of symptoms we can spot in the diagnosis of your energy problems including:

  • HVAC Air Flow Inefficiencies
  • Missing Insulation
  • Heating Problems
  • Roof Damage
Septic

We provide certified inspections on both types of septic systems – Conventional or Aerobic. Both systems produce the same end goal (sewage breakdown and effluent treatment) but the means by which each system achieves that goal is different.

During a home inspection, many buyers may overlook the septic tank at their home. While a home inspector will look at the overall plumbing of the home, most will not inspect the septic tank. When a septic tank is inspected, several tests will be done. The dye test is often the first test to be performed. With this test, a florescent dye will be placed inside the septic tank. If the dye is visible, the tank may be failing. Finally, an open pit test should be done. This test involves draining the tank and inspecting the tank for cracks or other damage. While these tests can be expensive, it is much less than the cost of a new septic system.

Conventional septic systems have traditionally been the most commonly used technology for treating wastewater. These systems use gravity to treat and distribute wastewater in the soil. They have the lowest cost and require the least amount of maintenance, which is generally limited to periodic pumping of the septic tank.

Aerobic septic systems are more complex and costly. They involve three components: a trash tank, treatment plant and pump tank.

Well Water Testing

Water is one of the most amazing substances in the universe. It has a unique ability to dissolve many foreign objects. Everything from common chemicals to toxic chemicals to life-giving oxygen to radioactivity to various forms of bacteria can be found in water even if it looks clear. All of these, plus many more, can be detected with professional water testing for your home.

Whether water is being used for drinking or swimming, whether it comes from the tap or a well, the wrong type of contamination can produce illness or death. Discovering water problems in the home is the first step to improving the health of everyone in it. That is why water testing is so vitally important.

Well water samples obtained by our inspector must be provided to a third party facility for testing. The results of the sample are provided to us within 24 hours of the time they receive the sample from us. Due to the 24 hour wait period, the results of a water well test will be delivered separately from other inspection reports that we may provide for your home.

Buyers Surival Guide

What to Expect with Home Inspection
  • All homes have deferred maintenance and deficiencies – expect an inspection report that identifies all visible issues
  • Be present for the duration or at the end of the inspection – this is the best opportunity for the inspector to familiarize the buyer with the inspection results, answer any questions the buyer may have about the home and its components and allow the inspector to address the primary concerns while offering his insight and perspective on the deficiencies and in some cases providing suggestions on how the problem(s) can be solved
  • Ask questions! The inspection report is long and detailed and can be overwhelming using language, acronyms and industry terms that you may not be familiar with. Ask the inspector to explain anything you do not completely understand
  • If you are unable to attend – be sure to contact the inspector by phone after you review the inspection report. Any respectable inspector will act with a servant’s attitude towards their clients and will spend any amount of time that is needed to clarify the report findings
  • The inspector will typically focus on the safety issues or major deficiencies during the onsite (or phone) consultation
  • Don’t be alarmed by the length of the report – due to state required disclosures, equipment identification, maintenance tips and photos, the average report will be 35-50 pages in length; however, a summary page is included outlining the most significant deficiencies. A picture is worth a thousand words, most inspectors are using more photos and some even use illustrations that are extremely helpful in understanding a particular item
  • If a safety or major deficiency is discovered – Relax! The severity of the deficiency does not determine the cost of the repair. An item such as a gas leak can be repaired using a nickel’s worth of teflon tape and a common crescent wrench
  • Use the tools you have available – Realtors and their Brokers have years of experience in reading and understanding the inspection reports and can help you understand the difference between a minor maintenance issue and a major deficiency

Seller's Survival Guide

Preparing for the Inspection
Clean the Home
  • While inspectors do not report on cosmetic issues, it makes it difficult to access and inspect all required components if access is blocked by any kind of debris
  • Perspective Buyers are encouraged to attend the inspection, and a clean house will leave a more favorable impression
Utilities
  • Make sure all utilities are on (Electric, Water, and Gas)
  • It is not in the scope of the inspection for inspector to restore any utilities that are not on
  • If home has been vacant for a while, ensure that all pilots are lit
Confidentiality/Disclosure
  • If the home is occupied, make sure all occupants leave the home for the duration of the inspection
  • Information collected by the inspector is obtained on behalf of the buyer – unless there is a specific item(s) that could present imminent danger to the occupant or property, the inspector is prohibited (by state law) from discussing their findings with the seller
Pets
  • Secure all pets – inspectors need access to all areas of the home, so containing them to a room in the house, yard or garage is not recommended
  • We love pets and we know you love them too, so we don’t want to take the chance of an unsecured pet getting loose
  • If there are any pets that may be at risk of causing injury to the inspector(s), boarding is the best solution
Accessibility
  • Crawl space – inspector will need access under the home if the foundation is not on a concrete slab
  • Attic – ensure that there is adequate space for doors to open completely. If access is located in a closet, remove enough contents to allow proper access
  • Garage – if possible move store items to the center of the garage. Inspector will need access to door controls, switches, GFCI resets, and irrigation controls
  • Electrical Panels – Remove any stored items to allow proper access. Provide keys or remove any locks if necessary
  • Mechanical Equipment – Water heaters and HVAC equipment located in the attic should have any stored items removed to allow proper access. Mechanical items in closets should have any stored items removed to allow proper access and have any keys available if necessary
  • Interior - Check each room to ensure general accessibility, making sure switches, smoke detectors, GFCI resets, thermostats or any other controls and doors are accessible. When possible ensure access to all windows and wall plugs
Identify/Communicate Known Issues
  • Areas that should not be entered or operated should be clearly identified and/or communicated to the inspector
  • If you have a leak, it is best to have it fixed prior to the inspection or be sure to communicate the problem to the inspector to avoid a very wet mess. Most buyers will be sensitive to moisture damage and the possibility of mold or other environmental dangers. Disclose any items in need of repair; it will be difficult for a buyer to request repairs or a price reduction for items you have already disclosed
  • Any components or systems that do not operate should be communicated to the inspector
  • Identify any known areas of moisture damage, making the buyer aware of the cause, when and how it was repaired, and any efforts made to remediate the problem
  • Issues can be communicated to your realtor or the inspector directly. A handwritten sticky note that is clearly visible to the inspector will also suffice
  • Don’t cover it up – Proper repairs are encouraged if the budget allows. Any attempts to conceal or hide a deficiency will likely be discovered by the inspector. Buyers may become distrustful if they feel that an attempt was made to conceal a problem
  • Make any maintenance, service or repair records available
  • Review our Seller Preparation for the Home Inspection. This list contains many low or no cost items that will improve your inspection results
Seller Preparation for the Home Inspection

No cost/Low cost actions to increase the overall sales price, reduce frustration, reduce or eliminate renegotiations and get the sale closed faster!

Accessibility: Verify Access is present for:
  • Crawl space - inspector will need access under the home if the foundation is not on a slab
  • Attic - ensure that there is adequate space for doors to open completely. If access is located in a closet, remove enough contents to allow proper access
  • Garage - if possible move stored items to the center of the garage. Inspector will need access to door controls, switches, GFCI resets, and irrigation controls
  • Electrical panels - Remove any stored items to allow proper access. Provide keys or remove any locks
  • Mechanical equipment - Water heaters and HVAC equipment located in the attic should have any stored items removed to allow proper access. Mechanical items in closets should have proper access and any locks removed or have keys available
  • Interior - Check each room to ensure general accessibility, making sure switches, smoke detectors, GFCI resets, thermostats or any other controls and doors are accessible. When possible ensure access to windows and wall plugs
Exterior: Consider repairing wood rot - especially any rot near the ground which will be noted as conductive consition for termiates (VA Loams Require all conductive consitions to be repaired prior to closing)
  • Vegetation - Trim back any vegetation that may be in contact with the structure - 10-12 inches is recommended
  • Trees - Trim any tree branches in contact with structure and consider removing any dead trees
  • Ensure that mulch and soil are below the brick or wood siding - 4 inches for brick and 6 inches for wood is the requirement
  • Check all exterior doors for proper operation, test locks and latches, ensure access
  • Check for damaged or displaced window screens
  • Remove any wood or other items stored at foundation or walls - Look for signs of Wood Destroying Insects (WDI)
Roof: If roof has been replaced in the past 10 years, make records or date available
  • Clear any debris from valleys
  • Remove any tree branches away from roof - 4-6 feet is recommended
  • Clean gutters and ensure joints and downspouts are sealed and secured. Splash blocks, diverters or leader lines should ensure that water drains away from the foundation
Attic: Special attention should be paid to any leaks
  • Replace or reset any missing or displaced insulation
  • Spot check for any evidence of moisture intrusion or mold
Plumbing: Special attention should be paid to any leaks
  • Check all sink faucets, tub and shower valves for proper operation - Make sure hot and cold are properly oriented - Clear aerators and repair leaks if possible
  • Check all drains for leaks - Repair if possible or identify as “Do Not Test”
  • Flush all toilets. Verify proper operation and that water stops when tank is filled. Verify that the toilet is anchored securely to the floor
  • Septic - Leave any pumping or service records. Note the location of any tanks, leach fields or non-potable heads
HVAC: Systems should generally be cleaned and serviced bi-annually. Make any service records available. If service has not been completed regularly, consider service prior to inspection
  • Replace any disposable filter or clean electronic and reusable filters
Electrical: If work has been completed by anyone other than a licensed electrician, consider having a licensed electrician perform a “check- up”
  • Verify all lights are working. Replace any burned out bulbs
  • Test wall plugs. A tester can be purchased for $5
  • Note any plugs or switches that might need to be labeled for a specific purpose, identify GFCI reset locations if any are in “out of the ordinary” or hidden locations
  • Smoke detectors - verify they are installed at bedrooms, and the adjoining hall. Multiple story dwellings require one for each floor
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors – required at each level of the home (if home has gas appliances)
  • Whirlpool tubs - verify proper operation and test GFCI protection
Interior General:
  • Doors - Check all interior doors, verify door stops, locks and latches
  • Windows - verify operation by opening and closing, test locks and latches
  • Walls, ceilings - note any moisture stains and list cause and repairs
  • Fireplace - Check damper door operation and verify log lighter operation
  • Stairs - Check all handrails and balusters to make sure they are secure
Garage: Verify access to all controls or equipment
  • Overhead door - Test door operator's safety sensors and reversing mechanism
  • Door leading to home should be self-closing if garage is attached
Kitchen: All appliances should be in working order. Test all appliance timers, lights and controls for proper operation
  • Range hood vent - test that unit operates and is properly vented to the exterior. If unit is a recirculation model, ensure that filters are clean and a charcoal filter is installed
  • Range and oven - Test for anti-trip device
  • Dishwasher - Verify proper operation and heated dry and that unit is secure
  • Disposal - Verify proper operation and splash guard is installed
Pools: Verify proper operation and water chemistry
  • Filter - Check gauge for operation and clean or backwash filter if needed
  • Pumps- Verify operation and that all electrical connections are secure. Bonding (a common bare wire attached to all electrical equipment) should be present
  • Heater - Verify operation and ignite pilot if needed. Remove any debris from burner compartmen
  • Check decking and coping for any unsealed expansion joints or cracks, seal if needed
  • Fencing - typically an insurance requirement - Verify that fences and gates meet local standards. Gates should be self-locking and self-latching. Exterior doors leading to the pool area should have audible alarms installed
  • Pool light - Verify operation and test the GFCI protection device
  • Electrical - No outlets should be installed any closer than 5 feet of the pool wall. All outlets that serve the pool area must be GFCI protected

Sample Report

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