Types of Inspections
There are several types of inspections. Note that only Buyer's and Seller's Inspections are
covered under the Texas Real Estate Commission's Standards of Practice performed under a
Some require separate and distinct licenses from other Boards or Authorities.
Here are the types of Inspections that may be considered.
Types of Inspections
Buyer's Home Inspection: The majority of home buyers will utilize a licensed real estate
inspector to inspect a home after the contract is signed, but during the buyer's option period.
Your Realtor may recommend that you have the home inspected, or it may be required by either
your lender or your insurer. The focus of this inspection is the Texas Real Estate Commission's
Standards of Practice and is provided on TREC's required form and may include extensive
additional information provided in the comment fields and Addendum.
Per-listing Inspections: Also known as a Seller's Inspection. Since the majority of buyers now
utilize the services of an inspection company, many sellers are choosing to have their home
inspected prior to listing. This often discloses issues that the buyer's inspector would find, but
the seller now improves his negotiating position and is able to repair items in advance of listing.
Don't let the buyer's inspector make significant discoveries that will affect your negotiating
position. Like the Buyer's inspection, the focus of this inspection is the Texas Real Estate
Commission's Standards of Practice and is provided on TREC's required form.
Home Warranty Inspection: Have you bought a new home with a warranty that will soon expire?
Have your home inspected to identify defects that may be repaired at the Builder's expense. We
recommend performing this inspection 2-3 months prior to the warranty's expiration. The focus
of this inspection is the warranty representation made by the builder regarding the structure. We
use the standard TREC form and Standards of Practices may be utilized, this inspection does
not fall under the purview of TREC.
Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) Inspection: Most commonly known as a Termite Inspection, this
may only be performed by a Pest Control Operator licensed by the Structural Pest Control Board.
Note that there are many types of Wood Destroying Insects including: Subterranean Termites,
Drywood Termites, Carpenter Ants, Bark Beetles, Woodborers, and Powderpost Beetles.
Reports are delivered on SPCS/T-4 (Rev. 09/01/07). Grace HIS can coordinate this inspection for
Mold Inspection: Mold inspections are under the purview of the Texas Department of State
Health Services. As with Wood Destroying Insects, there are many, many types of mold, each
with its own risks and concerns. Reports are delivered on Mold Notification EF18-12144 Rev.
5/07. Grace HIS can coordinate this inspection for you.
Other Inspections: Grace Home Inspection Services, LLC is constantly expanding its
association with other professionals. Check back here for updates on additional inspection
services available, or feel free to contact us if you need help in locating other professionals.