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Terry On Call”  Home Inspecctions

Inspected Once, Inspected Right!

Terry Acra 281-702-0542

I answer my Phone

I inspect for YOU, Not the builder!


I am certified by the ICC "International Code Council" as a -                                   Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner

Energy efficiency starts from the foundation thru the final completion of the home and continues on with the maintenace of the home.



I am also a certified - Tile Roof Specialist by TRI - Tile Roofing Institute
I am also a certified - Tile Roof Certified Installer by TRI -
Tile Roofing Institute

Who better to inspect your tile roof installation than someone that is certified in the installation methods and procedures.

Often a client will call, stop me in a store parking lot, or wait for me to come out to my truck while I’m doing an inspection, and ask me “do I think they should spend the money on a home inspection for a newly built home. After all, shouldn’t a brand new home be perfect? I have just one word for them, and this is yes!!!
 

I have seen manufacturer warranties potentially voided, due to incorrect installation, of roofs, Hardie board siding, windows and HVAC systems.

In addition to my regular home inspection practice, I do "phase inspections" For clients who are purchasing a custom built home it is wise to hire an inspector to act as their advocate to make sure the quality of construction is the best possible. Home inspectors who participate in the construction process help prevent costly mistakes for the home owner.
 

I have seen many a new home that looks good cosmetically. But when you start really looking at the quality of the construction, that is when it can get really scary. I have found everything from major gas leaks in the attic, to dryer vents that have separated “this sounds like a minor item, but according to CPSC there are over 15,000 fires per year attributed to dryers and their venting”, to improper nailing of the framing/roofing, and this list does go on.

Common items that I find include incomplete electrical systems, incomplete plumbing, gutters that are incorrectly installed, missing roofing components, fireplaces that are incomplete and many others. Weather it be a nationwide well know builder to a local builder, the reasons construction problems occur vary from inadvertent omissions to just plain bad construction practices. The building of a new home is a complex choreography of many subcontractors. Each subcontractor is dependent on everyone doing their jobs in a given time frame. When there are delays the scheduling of the subcontractors quickly becomes a nightmare. Subcontractors may be working on many homes at one time and without careful coordination inadvertent deviations/oversights occur. An experienced home inspector will find these problems and help reduce the headaches of the buyer before they purchase the home.

I also help you understand your new home and its systems. I like to explain ARC fault breakers and their purpose and show the new home owner where to reset circuit breakers for various systems like the garage or outdoor electrical outlets. I inform the new home owner on what to expect in the first year. For example, it is typical to have a few nail pops here and there as the home settles. I point out areas of the yard where settling may occur and how to prevent drainage issues. The builder also may offer a home warranty and I set a date to remind the new home owner when their warranty is about to expire. I would not count on the builder to remind you when your warranty is about to expire, some builders are counting on a short memory. I offer the service of doing a follow up inspection to find specific issues that the builder should address when servicing the home warranty before it expires. In many cases I uncover warranty issues which cost more to resolve than the cost of the follow up inspection and I like to save my clients money.

Hiring an experienced home inspector to complete a diligent inspection of your newly constructed home is a wise decision. Be informed about your new home and make a successful transition. A home inspector who works for your best interests will find those oversights that may affect your pocket book and your family’s safety.



The typical sequence of a residential phased new construction inspection consists of three parts or phases:

Phase 1 - Foundation or Pre-Pour Inspection

To be performed just prior to the placement of concrete.
 

Review engineer's drawings (Foundation)
"I am continously surprised that inspectors that do 3 phased inspections,  cannot or do not read the Engineers blue prints" "I can and do"
For Unbonded Prestressed Post-Tension Slabs-On-Grade
Building code compliance

Post-Tensioning Institute Compliant
"I am PTI Level 1 certified." By the Post-Tensioning Institute.

Compliance with Engineer's Design

Compliance with Manufacturer's Installation Instructions Shoring and Re-shoring
Form Placement

Form Board Sizing

Lumber Condition

Footing Depth

Footing Width

Cushion Sand Placement
Moisture Barriers
Post-Tension Tendon Positioning

Tendon Sheathing Damage

Tendon sheathing Repairs

Tendon Exposure

Tendon Anchoring

Fixed-end Anchors

Stressing End Anchors

Pocket Formers

Tendon Support

Tendon Support Spacing

Tendon Sweep

Tendon Drape Profile

Tendon Wobble

Center of Gravity of Steel

Center of Gravity of Concrete

Chair Placement

Bolsterer Placement

Intersectional Chairs

Wire Ties

Strand Damage

Wire Damage

Rebar Placement at Re-entrant Corners

Backup Bars

Bursting Steel

Hairpins

Steel Ties

Plumbing Positioning

Piping Glue Joints

Piping Anchoring

Electrical Conduit Positioning

Conduit Anchoring

 

Phase 2 - Pre-Drywall & Insulation Inspection

 

To be performed following issuance of framing, plumbing and electrical rough-in green tags and just prior to the placement of insulation and drywall. 


Code Compliance
 

Foundation

Slab Repairs

Tendon Stressing End Finishing
Wall Framing
Wind Bracing

Shear Hardware Installation

Foundation Bolt Installation

Sheathing

Ceiling Framing
Attic Access

Attic Service Floor Installation

Joist Hanger Installation

Roof Framing

Truss Installation

Roof Member Bracing

Rafter-to-Plate Connector Installation

Knee Wall or Step Flashing Placement

Drip Edge Flashing Placement

Roof Jack Installation
Roofing
Sheathing

Sheathing Utility Penetrations

Windows

Window Installation as per AAMA 2400-02 and ASTM E 2112-01
Metal Flashing

Butyl Flashing
Siding
Electrical Rough-In

Junction Box Placement

Floor sheathing
Cable Protection Plate Placement
Plumbing Rough-In

Vent Sizing

Vent Routing

Piping Protection

Dryer Vent Installation

Dryer Vent Ducting and Termination

Exhaust Fan Installation

Fan Vent Ducting and Termination

Air Conditioning Placement and Installation

Furnace Placement and Installation

Water Heater Placement and Installation

Fireplace Construction or Installation

Chimney Construction or Installation

Fireplace Fresh Air Venting

Fire blocking

Gas Line Installation and Bonding

 

Phase 3 - Final Inspection

To be performed immediately prior to your final walk-through with your builder. The Final Inspection includes all of the items in our Existing Home Inspection plus:
 


Compliance with Manufacturer's Installation Instructions

Interior Finishes
Exterior Finishes
Trim Carpentry
Foundations
Crawl Spaces
Basements
Lot Drainage
Retaining Walls
Roof Coverings
Gutters and Downspouts

Attics

Insulation

Ventilation

Roof Structure
Exterior Walls

Water Penetration
Interior Walls
Stairs and Railings
Ceilings
Floors
Doors

Windows

Decks

Driveways

Sidewalks

Patios

Balconies
Plumbing Systems

Electrical Systems
Fireplaces
Heating Equipment
Air Conditioners
Built-In Appliances
Gas Leak Tests
Sprinkler Systems
Security Systems
Outdoor Cooking Equipment (Built-In)
Swimming Pools/Spas
Appliance Lifts
Elevators (Optional)
Detached Buildings (Optional)
Evaporative Coolers (Optional)

1 Year Builder Warranty Inspection

It is essential that you have your home inspected prior to the end of the initial one-year warranty period for several reasons. If you did not have the house inspected prior to purchasing it the reason for this inspection should by now be blatantly obvious. Even if you had the home inspected at the three stages of construction mentioned above, your builder may not have made all of the repairs required based upon those inspection reports. In addition, systems or materials may have failed during the ensuing eleven months.

" Feel safe because your Builders says your home was inspected by City Inspectors? Watch this video before saying yes!"

http://www.click2houston.com/video/10232269/index.html?taf=hou

 


I inspect for YOU  

Remember, If you want fast, efficient, reliable home inspection services within

Greater Houston, including: The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress, Cypresswood, Champions, Tomball, Conroe, Lake Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak RidgeKingwood, Atascocita, or Humble Texas and surrounding areas

 

Terry Acra
TREC#8952