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Texas Real Estate Commission Definition

A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.
The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase.
The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
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What is covered in a standard 

As you can see to the right, there is a list of important items that are covered in the home inspection report. The inspection is laid out in the categories below:


NI- Not Inspected:
This is usually due to items being blocked, a lack of access, gas and electricity being off. Inspectors are not allowed to move items to gain access to a certain location like an attic, crawl space, or turn services on ie. gas and/or electrical breakers. 

NP-Not Present:
This category refers to items that were to be inspected by Texas Real estate Commission standards but were not present at the time. This could be relating to dishwashers, microwaves, garage doors etc.

While items identified as Deficient in an inspection report DO NOT obligate any party to make repairs or take other actions, in the event that any further evaluations are needed, IT IS the responsibility of the client to obtain further evaluations and/or cost estimates from qualified service professionals regarding any items reported as Deficient. It is recommended that any further evaluations and/or cost estimates take place prior to the expiration of any contractual time limitations, such as option periods. 

Structural Systems
Foundation Opinion
Grading and Drainage 
Roof covering
Roof Structure and Attic
Ceilings and Floors
Service Entrance and Panels
Branch Circuits
HVAC Sytems
Heating Equipment
Cooling Equipment
Ducts and Vents
Plumbing System
Water Supply System and Fixtures
Drains, Wastes, Vents 
Water Heating Equipment
Hydrotherapy Equipment
Food Waste Disposal
Range Hood
Microwave Cooking Equipment
Trash Compactor
Bath Exhaust Fans and/or Heaters
Whole House Vacuum Systems
Garage Door Openers
Door Bells and Chimes
Dryer Vents

Inspectors are required to:
  • use this Property Inspection Report form for the inspection;
  • inspect only those components and conditions that are present, visible, and accessible at the time of the inspection;
  • indicate whether each item was inspected, not inspected, or not present;
  • indicate an item as Deficient (D) if a condition exists that adversely and materially affects the performance of a system or component OR constitutes a hazard to life, limb or property as specified by the SOPs; and
  • explain the inspector’s findings in the corresponding section in the body of the report form.
Inspectors are not required to:​
  • identify all potential hazards;
  • turn on decommissioned equipment, systems, utilities, or apply an open flame or light a pilot to operate any appliance;
  • climb over obstacles, move furnishings or stored items;
  • prioritize or emphasize the importance of one deficiency over another;
  • provide follow-up services to verify that proper repairs have been made; or
  • inspect system or component listed under the optional section of the SOPs (22 TAC 535.233).

Now that we got that out of the way!

The team here at HHI Home Inspections have performed over 25,000 home inspections and are very familiar with the Texas Real Estate Commissions requirements. HHI respects them, as well as our governing body. But, HHI has never feared away from educating ourselves from being able to better inform each and every client about the house or property they are selling or purchasing. 
JJ Henson, owner of HHI was one of the first inspectors to use drones for roof evaluations. It was a tool that could get us to the top of that steep un walkable roof. Prior to JJ's use of drones 50-60% of roofs were deemed unsafe to walk and were not evaluated properly for the clients. Today most inspectors are using drones on a daily basis to better inform clients.
HHI has done the same in most areas that are not required in the standard TREC inspection. HHI figures it out. Below is a list of numerous services that HHI Home Inspection has brought to the central and south Texas inspection industry that has helped clients get more knowledge of the home in question. 
  • Infrared Cameras​
  • Rodent Evaluations​


HHI has led the industry for over a decade in real estate transactions. We have the highest trained inspectors and continue to educate ourselves so that we can be better at every aspect of our job. HHI is Veteran Owned and Operated and Locally owned. We are not a franchise or national company. We are accountable to the community we serve.
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