Home Inspection Services Offered

Home Buyer Inspection Services

Sherlock Spec offers a variety of home buyer services. There is no need to call four or five companies to inspect the different elements of the home. Sherlock Spec will coordinate all of the inspections that you desire including; pest and dry rot inspections, structural inspections, engineering inspections, and pool inspections.

The Home Inspection

Buying a new home can be one of the most exciting times in your life. It’s a place where you can build your future. The experience can be an adventure; new neighbors and friends or it could be just a place where you want to spend your retirement.

How do you know you are making the right decision? Because the purchase of a home can be so exciting, and once the new wears off, unpleasant surprises can swiftly turn your dream home into a nightmare.

This is where Sherlock Spec Home Inspection Services can help you’re buying decision. We will help reduce the chances of unpleasant and sometimes costly surprises after you move into your new home.

Sherlock Spec inspectors conduct a thorough inspection that covers hundreds of items that can provide you with the understanding of the home’s current condition. Our inspectors are trained and licensed to meet the industry’s highest standards. Of the three levels of inspection licenses in the State of Texas available through the Texas Real Estate Commission, we have attained the highest level of Professional Real Estate Inspector.

A report will be provided which clearly states all positive and negative aspects of the home, not visible to the untrained eye. The report you will receive is the industry leader which includes digital imagery to help you understand the areas of concern. It combines the best of the narrative and checklist styles to clearly communicate our findings. We prioritize our findings based on their importance and offer summary statements on the areas of concern of the home. To accommodate your time concerns, we can deliver your report by e-mail in PDF format or fax usually within 24 hours.

All of our home inspections are conducted according to the stringent Standards of Practice of the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Home Inspection Report

Home buyers receive a detailed report outlining the condition of each item, repairs that need to be made, as well as a schedule of suggested maintenance for their home.

Prepurchase Home Inspections for Home Buyers

Buying a home is a major life decision as well as one of the largest financial investments most people make. A thorough professional home inspection can give you confidence in the value of your investment.

A professional home inspection from Sherlock Spec will go through each major component of the home and outline

  • What needs to be repaired
  • When the item needs to be repaired
  • An estimate of the cost of repair

Homeowner’s Check-up Inspection

If you have lived in your home for a long period of time, a maintenance & safety inspection can identify conditions that may lead to problems and provide you with recommended preventative maintenance measures. Not only will this provided you with the confidence of knowing that your residence is safe for your family and others, it may also allow you to avoid costly repairs in the future.

In today’s society, everyone is too busy to devote the time to the upkeep of their home. Or perhaps you don’t know what to look for even if you do have the time. Sherlock Spec is here to assist you in finding out what areas, if any, of your home are in need of attention or repairs. We will compile an inspection report that is easy to read and understand so that you prioritize the repairs that may be needed. When you are done with the repairs, keep the list as a record of your repairs. Should you desire to sell your home in the future, you will have a wealth of information at your finger tips.

Overall poor maintenance is one of the most commonly found problems in homes today. Just as cars need regular routine maintenance to keep the engine running smoothly, so does your home. Preventative maintenance preserves the cosmetic, structural, and mechanical integrity of the home, and minimizes costly repairs for the homeowner. It also enhances the financial value of the home as an investment. Real estate agents agree that a well-maintained home sell faster and at higher prices than poorly maintained ones.
But be realistic, homeowners should not attempt to do all the maintenance chores themselves, especially like electrical or rooftop work. Pick the projects that you feel that you can do yourself or have the necessary tools and then hire professional contractors to do the rest.

Homeowner’s Maintenance & Safety Inspections should be scheduled every two to five years to keep a home in good physical condition. Individual house components such as heating, air conditioning systems require annual or semi-annual inspections and servicing by a qualified technician.

One Year Builder’s Warranty Inspection

Before your 12-month builder’s warranty expires have your home inspected for any construction defects, items that may not be functioning properly, or any other issues that may be covered by the builder’s warranty.

If you have purchased a new home within the last year and are concerned about current or potential problems with your home, you need a warranty inspection. Your Builder’s Warranty covers a great many items and systems in your home which may not have been installed properly, or without proper preventative maintenance measures taken. Negligence such as this is the cause for most of the problems a home will develop in its life.

You should not expect a builder to rush out immediately for a problem such as a nail pop in your drywall. Such problems occur because of the natural settling of the house and are best addressed in one visit near the end of the first year. Typical problems found in homes are: damaged or improperly installed exterior siding, damaged or ill fitting doors and windows, improperly installed roof shingles and flashing, ungrounded electrical outlets and plumbing leaks.

Most builders are responsive to defects that are located during inspection. You should supply your Builder with a copy of the inspection report. Sherlock Spec will often reveal items in need of repair that could have gone undetected for years.

Protect your investment and call us today to schedule an inspection. Our inspections will take a few hours to thoroughly inspect your home and provide you with a computerized detailed report usually within 24 hours by email in PDF format or fax. You should not be paying for items that were not constructed or installed properly the first time.

Time is running out. Once the anniversary of your closing date has passed, your builder may not have the responsibility to correct many of the items that may be found.

Pre-Listing Home Inspections for Home Sellers

These days, with the number of homes on the market, buyers can afford to be choosy. So what can make your home more attractive than the rest? With a pre-listing inspection you’ll get more money if your home is in top shape, and able to close the deal more quickly. Avoid any unexpected surprises or last minute repair hassles that could delay the sale of your home.

Benefits of Seller’s Inspection:

  • Buyer’s will be impressed that you show proof of homes condition
  • You will be able to correct any repairs needed that could delay closing
  • Get top dollar for your home
  • Decrease the chances that the sale could fall through

If you arm yourself with the prior knowledge and condition of your home, you can take preventive measures now and save yourself time, money and aggravation later.

This is where Sherlock Spec can help you in selling your home. We will help you reduce the chances of any last minute surprises that could cause the delay of the closing of your home. The unknown possible cost always appears more threatening than a known expense. Full disclosure of the home is the best policy for all parties involved in a real estate transaction.

For example, if the home has been well maintained and upgraded over the years, a higher listing price would be justified by the inspection report, and not just the word of the seller. On the other hand, if the house has deficiencies you have time to make any needed repairs before hand, which could help minimize any re-negotiation of the sales price and possibly speed up the selling process. An unbiased, professional home inspection at the time of listing can prove to be beneficial to the seller and demonstrates a clear-cut attempt at disclosure.

Realtor Services: Relocation  Inspections

Sherlock Spec’s professional home inspections and customized inspection reports can help take the guesswork out of buying a home from out-of-the-area, both for the relocation company as well as the relocating employee.

Sherlock Spec does a comprehensive inspection of the major elements of the home, provides a detailed report, and provides the new home owner.

Satisfaction Guarantee

We are so confident in the quality of our inspections and services that we offer a satisfaction guarantee.