New Home Warranty Inspections

While many home buyers are often fooled into believing that because a home is new that it doesn’t need to be inspected, the need for a thorough inspection of home is an incredible benefit to the home buyer. Some of the common misconceptions and misleading statements about new homes are: 1. The home is inspected…

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Recipe for a Failed Slab Foundation

Texas is known for a dismal record when it comes to residential slab foundation performance. The excuse heard more often than anything is that the soils are ‘bad’. Hundreds of thousands of houses have foundations that have performed well for decades. Thousands upon thousands of commercial building structures and skyscrapers have foundations that perform just…

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Flaws in New Home Energy Packages

We hear all these terms about energy efficiency in new home construction and how this home or that home is ‘super high efficiency’. There are ‘radiant barriers’ and ‘radiant barrier paint’. There is ‘R-38’ ceiling insulation. There is ‘spray-foam’ insulation for walls and ceilings. There are ‘super-high efficiency air conditioning systems. Yet somehow, the way…

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Water Pressure, Does it Matter?

How does water pressure in your home impact you and your family? There are Codes that regulate how little and how much water pressure your house’ plumbing system needs to function properly. Most Codes specify a minimum static water pressure of 40 PSI. These same codes specify a maximum of 80 PSI static pressure. ‘Static…

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Federal Oversight of TREC

As the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) attempts to secure greater control of Home Inspectors, is Federal intervention and oversight inevitable? Homebuyers and sellers are reminded that the goal of Home Inspectors is something completely different than the goal of the real estate sales community. Home Inspectors are charged with, and expected to, provide enough…

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