Residential Inspections

Why should I get a home inspection?

The purchase of your home is quite possibly your biggest investment. As with any investment, it is prudent to research it as much as possible. A professional home inspection is one key source of information about your home purchase. The inspection and report will inform you as to the current condition of each of the home's major systems. This information will allow you to plan for improvements or safety enhancements required to maintain and protect your investment.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is strictly a visual inspection of the readily accessible systems and components of a building. No destructive probing or testing will be performed. This means your inspector will only report on parts of the building that he can get to readily. Your inspector is not allowed to move furnishings or any other personal items during the inspection. However, if the home owner is present, the inspector may ask them to move items so that he can inspect the blocked system. The inspector will also not enter any part of the building that, in his determination, presents a safety hazard to himself, or may damage the property.

While it is not required for you to be present during the inspection, we would like to invite you to participate in the process. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn a great deal about your new home.

What does a home inspection cover?

Your inspector will evaluate, identify, and report on the current condition of the following systems:

  • Structural System/Foundation
  • Exterior
  • Roof System
  • Plumbing System
  • Electrical System
  • Heating System
  • Cooling System
  • Interior
  • Insulation and Ventilation
  • Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances
  • (Optional) Appliances staying with the property
  • Termite Inspection and Report

What can I expect?

  • Prompt Arrival
  • Explanation of the Home Inspection Contract and what the Inspection Entails
  • Verification of the Inspectors License
  • Courteous, Professional, Fully Equipped Inspector
  • Honest Evaluation of the Current Functionality of the Building Systems


Commercial Inspections

Is a Commercial Inspection the same as a Home Inspection?
Why do I need a Commercial Inspection?
What does a Commercial Inspection include?
Do I need to be there during the Inspection?
How long will the Inspection take?
What will the report tell me?
What if the Inspection uncovers problems?
Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?

Is a Commercial Inspection the same as a Home Inspection? Back to top

A commercial inspection is much more inclusive than a home inspection:

It includes any and all features of the property that can safely be tested or inspected, not just a pre-determined list that excludes non-standard items such as roof-mounted HVAC equipment, elevators, industrial machinery, or even a water tower.

The inspection is only limited by what is accessible, visible, and safe to test, as well as what you, the buyer want to have inspected or omitted.

Why do I need a Commercial Inspection?   Back to top

You need a commercial inspection of propety you are considering buying or leasing for the same reasons as ahome inspection, plus some others that are unique to a commercial property such as:

You are about to open a business with customers walking through your doors, or workers coming there every day to work, or whatever the nature of your business will be.   You want your place of business to be a safe place to be, as well as know that everything "is working" the way it should.   A leaking roof or bad air conditioner or power that "goes out" all the time can disrupt your business and cost you sales.

You need to be able to concentrate on your business, not your building.   You need the peace of mind that comes from knowing your building and it's systems have been carefully checked out and there will not be any "surprises" while you're trying to run a business.

What does a Commercial Inspection include?   Back to top

In ALL cases, our Commercial Inspection includes the heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.   It also includes whatever else you choose to have inspected or omitted that is safe and accessible to test.   This can be industrial machinery, or whatever other special equipment is installed in the building you are considering.

Do I need to be there during the Inspection?   Back to top

If there is machinery or equipment that is unique to your business and requires expertise to properly test and/or inspect, then you or someone experienced with the equipment should be there.      If not, it is up to you whether you want to be there.

We highly recommend that you be present. Its a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel youll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.

How long will the Inspection take?   Back to top

It can be anything from 2 hours to all day.   The time will vary depending on both the size and what is to be inspected.

What will your report tell me?   Back to top

Our professionally prepared, full report will list all the structural components of the building such as foundation, walls, floors, ceilings, roof, and basement(if any), as well as all the operational systems in the building, such as plumbing, heating, electrical, fire safety, and any specialized systems that are unique to this business or building.

Our full report will go into detail on each structural and system component, describing it, and telling what condition it is in.    If there are any problems, the report will make recommendations of what is needed to correct the problem.

Our standard report is a FULL report.  You can order a full report, or choose to omit parts of it...  If, for example, you know you will be replacing the roof, there is no need to inspect the current roof.

What if the Inspection uncovers problems?   Back to top

Our report will not only tell you the condition of the building and it's systems, it will lay out what the needed repairs and expenses will be.

Our report will not simply be a list of meaningless complaints.  We will tell you what MUST be fixed NOW, what SHOULD be fixed SOON, and what can be put off for later when your cash flow catches up.   We will tell you what you have to do to open your doors for business in this building.   It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase or lease. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.

Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?   Back to top

No. Strictly Business Commercial Inspections does not do repair work on properties we inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of your commercial building.


Joe N. Poole, PRI
JP's Real Estate Inspections
PI License #6868
FHA Approved Inspector #U106
License Insurance Adjuster
Mold Assessment Technician
DSHS Licence Number: MAT1056
Control Number: 6447
(TDLR) Electrical License: 22245
ADT Security Rep .
Texas Dept. of Insurance License #1622941

Office: 281-874-9654
Cell: 713-906-7302
Fax: 832-484-9102
227 West Airtex Boulevard,
Houston, Texas 77090


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