TREC Adopts New SOP:

January 1, 2014:
The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) adopts a new Standard of Practice and promulgated report format for real estate inspections

TREC periodically updates the state mandated Standard of Practice and report form. These latest versions are effective January 1, 2014. All inspections performed on or after that date must conform to the new standard. There is no adoption period for these changes. All changes must go into effect on the 1st. The new reports are very similar to the prior version in appearance but do have some content and section changes, additionally some items have been added to the scope of inspections while others have been removed.

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Our Houston Home Inspection Reports

The Texas Real Estate Commission has established reporting standards for Home Inspections. The home inspection standard defines the basic structure, some standard verbiage and the component sections of the home inspection report. The TREC standard establishes the minimum requirements to which all Texas inspectors must adhere. However, this is where the similarities end.

Before selecting your home inspection company, we urge you to obtain copies of actual home inspection reports from each of the candidate companies and compare them to our TREC home inspection report samples. We're confident that you will find that our reports are superior in detail, clarity, quality and thoroughness.

We have developed and maintain our own proprietary reporting software. Our reports are tailored to address issues that are relevant and important to our Houston home inspection clients, rather than generic commentary more suited to houses in northern climates. Our reports include clear descriptions of issues, color photos and diagrams to help you determine what the issues really are and where they are located so that you can make an informed decision based on what is most important to you.

We've included several sample Texas home inspection reports showing some of the very different types of homes that we inspect.

To view our Houston Home Inspection Report Samples - click the thumbnails to download (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) 

New Construction Sample Home Inspection Report - Suburban Home

New Construction Sample Inspection Report - Metro Home
(Large file 5.1MB)

This is a real report on a real home. The client's name and address have been removed to protect their privacy. This was an inspection performed on a new home. Most of the findings here are common to new construction homes with the exception of the hot connection in the electrical panel.

This is a great example of why even new homes, built by reputable builders, should be inspected. We have never inspected a home, new or otherwise, that didn't have a significant number of defects. So, if your builder tells you he/she does their own quality control inspections so it's a waste of money for you to get your own inspection, tell them thanks, but you're going to exercise your right to a private inspection anyway.

Resale Sample Home Inspection Report - Larger Custom Home

Resale Sample Inspection Report - Large Custom Home
(Very Large file 9.5MB)

This is a real report on a real home. The client's name and address have been removed to protect their privacy. This was an inspection performed on 10 year old custom waterfront home. This provides a good example of the type of items that we often find on larger, custom homes. It also, shows just what goes into performing an exceptional home inspection on a custom Houston home.

You typically have just one chance to look under the covers and learn the details of your prospective custom home. If the home you are purchasing isn't average, your home inspector shouldn't be average either. Your exceptional Houston home deserves an exceptional Houston home inspector who will provide you with an exceptional home inspection report.

Resale Sample Home Inspection Report - Older Home

Resale Sample Inspection Report - Older Home
(Large file 5.2MB)

This is a real report on a real home. The client's name and address have been removed to protect their privacy. This was a slab home built in the early 1960s. We typically don't see many homes with retaining walls in the Houston area, but we do get them on occasion.

This inspection is pretty typical for homes of this age. As homes get older, we will expect to see longer reports with more defects listed, even in well maintained homes. This doesn't mean that they are bad homes, just that there are more things that a prospective buyer needs to be aware of like potential asbestos containing materials.



Resale Sample Home Inspection Report - Modern Home

Resale Sample Inspection Report - Modern Home
(Large file 8MB)

This is a real report on a real home. The client's name and address have been removed to protect their privacy. This was an inspection performed on a 6 year old custom home. Please note the use of color photographs and diagrams to illustrate observations and concepts. With a well written inspection report, you should not have to be intimately familiar with the home or construction terminology to understand what is being said.

This home exhibits a number of stucco installation defects. When the inspector says the the house is missing "kick-out flashing" do you know what they're talking about? With our reports you will.



Resale Sample Home Inspection Report - Older Pier & Beam Home

Resale Sample Home Inspection Report - Older Pier and Beam Home
(Large file 4.5MB)

This is a real report on a real home. The client's name and address have been removed to protect their privacy. This was an inspection performed on a 1940s era pier and beam home. These homes were built long before most building codes were established.

These homes always have a large number of comment worthy items. Things like non-level floors, wood rot, etc. are typical characteristics of these homes and should be expected. Leaking fixtures and rotting beams and joists are another matter. The home inspector should help the client put things in the proper context based on the age and type of house being inspected so that the client can differentiate "typical" issues from exceptional conditions