EXISTING HOME INSPECTION SERVICES
MAJOR SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS
- Grounds: Lot Drainage, Retaining Walls and Drains, Proper Lot Slop
- Exterior: Gutters and Downspouts, Exterior Walls, Brick and Stone Veneer, Weep hole Placement, Siding, Exterior Paint Condition, Water Penetration, Decks, Driveways, Sidewalks, Patios, Balconies
- Foundation: Type and Condition, Cracks, Footings
- Roofing: Roof Covering, Roof Flashings, Roof Structure, Roof Framing, Roof, Roof Bracing, Roof Decking
- Garage: Garage Door, Safety Stop and Return, GFCI, Proper Slop and Slab Condition
Plumbing: Main Water Shut Off, Water Pressure, All Fixtures and Toilets, DWV Piping, Water Heaters
- Electrical: Electrical Systems, Eectrical, Main Distribution Panel, Circuit Breaker Type, Arc-Fault Circuit, Ground-Fault Circuit Protection, Sub-Panel Type, Receptacle Lighting, Fixtures,
- Heating and AC: Heating, Furnace Type, Air Conditioners, Evaporative Coolers, Fireplace
- Attic / Crawlspace: Attic Insulation, Attic Ventilation, Attic Stair Units, Fire Wall, Foundations, Full Basement Configuration
- Interior: Thermal Imaging of all interior Walls, Windows and Doors, Built-In Appliances, Exhaust Fan, Bathroom Heater, Windowsill Condition, Stairs and Railings, Tread/Riser Sizing Ratio, Floors, Doors, Windows, Window Screen Condition, Moisture Detection, Interior Walls, Drywall Condition, Paneling Condition
- Optional: Sprinkler System, Outdoor Cooking Equipment, Swimming Pools/Spas, Detached Buildings
NEW HOME INSPECTION SERVICES
Texas builders are not regulated by the state. They are self-regulated. That’s right, your builder is not licensed or even registered. That means that he is not required to have any special education or experience, insurance, licensing or bonding prior to building your new home.
We provide inspection expertise for ALL PHASES of the construction progress. Don’t leave this one to chance. Pick the best builder for your dream home, but inspect and verify at every stage of construction.
New Home Construction Inspections include inspections of all components and systems.
Step 1 – Pre-audit Interview
Michel’s Home Inspection will run through a series of questions regarding any known problem areas of your home. Be sure to highlight any future expansion plans you may have or specific goals you would like to achieve.
Step 2 – Exterior Inspection
Examine the outside perimeter of the home, including building orientation and vegetation affecting shade and windbreak.
Examine all areas of potential air leakage, including doors, windows, skylights, roofing, chimneys, attic, siding, and heating/air-conditioning units.
Step 3 – Interior Inspection
First Floor – Inspect thermostats, seals, glazing, weather stripping and locking mechanisms of windows and doors, and any floor anomalies.
Upper Floors – Inspect attic for seals and insulation around hatches, lighting fixtures, ventilation ducts, fans and ceiling anomalies.
Basement – Inspect for age and fitness all appliances including washer, dryer (all connecting hoses), water heater, furnace, basement wall, and all air ducts for sealing and insulation.
Step 4 – Inspection Equipment used for Infrared and Blower Door Testing
Blower Door Test
We will install a special door fitted with a very powerful fan (blower) to suck air from the house, causing it to depressurize. Special monitors will track the amount of air that enters the home through cracks, seams, drafts and other holes in the building’s enclosure. This blower door test will also measure the quality of the indoor air and any moisture or condensation problems.
Thermal Image Scan using a Forward Looking Infrared camera (FLIR)
A powerful tool in the energy auditors hands is the FLIR, or Forward Looking Infrared camera. This device produces a thermal image of your home, pinpointing the areas that need more insulation or need to be sealed. The thermal image of your home is a road map that enables energy audit contractors to successfully apply insulation to the most critical areas of your home.
Step 5 – Homestar Energy Audit Report
Your home energy auditor will compile a comprehensive report detailing the areas in your residence that can be repaired, insulated and sealed to boost your energy efficiency. The Homestar report will also outline repairs to your heating and cooling appliances or recommend replacements.
Step 6 – Repairing, Replacing, Relaxing
With your energy audit pros report in hand you can choose to do the recommended repairs yourself or hire a contractor to do the work. Michel’s Home Inspection works with Licensed and Bonded Contractors and can assist you in the repair process.
Once the repairs are done you will enjoy energy savings in the range of 10-40% depending on the condition of your house before the audit. You can feel satisfaction in saving money, saving energy and saving the earth – all at the same time!
Call today for more information and a no obligation quote.
POOL AND SPA INSPECTION
Swimming Pool and Spa Inspections
This is not something you want to leave to chance. If you are buying a home with a pool or spa get it inspected!!!
Michel’s Home Inspection is AHIT Trained in Pool and Spa Inspection certified thru InterNachi. We incorporating APSP guidelines along with state and local codes. It is a visual inspection of the equipment and structure of the pool to include fence, walkway, diving board, rails, deck, lighting and more; all of these things are checked to ensure that a pool is safe and in good