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At Dallas Sunrise Properties, we understand you have many choices in selecting a qualified home inspector. You will find that some charge less than DSP, while others set their prices higher.  Our primary goal is to provide you with an excellent inspection for a reasonable price.   As part of our commitment to you, please review the Additional  Q&A Information below ...

Q.  What does a home inspection include?

A:  A visual inspection of accessible structural and mechanical components to identify adverse material defects.  This includes but is not limited             to: Foundation, Roof, Exterior, Interior, Doors, Windows, Stairways, Fireplaces, Cooling Systems, Heating Systems, Water Heaters                              Plumbing, Electrical, Kitchen Appliances, Attached Decks and Porches

Q:  Who is required to be present during the inspection?

A:  Generally speaking, only the inspector is actually required to be present. While many times the home buyer does attend, they are         not required to be present at the beginning or during the inspection. Typically, the home buyer and/or the buyer’s agent will be           present at the end for a verbal review of the inspection.

Q:  When will the inspection take place?

A:  Typically the inspection can be performed within 2 or 3 days of the request.*   However, we understand there are situations                  where time is of the essence. Therefore, if unusual circumstances occur, we will make every attempt to work with all parties                 involved, and if necessary, we may be able to schedule short notice inspections or complete the inspection over the weekend. 

        *  An inspection agreement must be completed and signed prior to the start of the on-site inspection.

Q:  How long will the inspection take?

A:  Obviously size and age of the home are the primary factors.  For example, a typical, unoccupied 3000 sq. ft. home will usually             require 3 hours for the actual on-site inspection. An occupied home can take longer depending on the situation.

Q:  When can I expect to receive the inspection report?

A:  Usually you can expect to receive the report via e-mail within 24 hours.**

        ** Inspection fee must be paid in full prior to release of any report.

Q:  Can I bring other individuals to the home during the inspection?

A:  Due to the fact that home inspectors assume “Care and Custody” of the home during the inspection, only the buyer can be present       during the on-site inspection. HOWEVER, If the buyer wishes to have additional people present during the on-site inspection (i.e. –       relatives, contractors, friends, etc…) The buyer’s agent will be required to be present to assume care and custody of the dwelling.         This is especially important for an occupied home. If you were selling your home, and still living in it, you would want the same.

Q:  What will the report contain?

A:  The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) mandates the use of their promulgated form for any residential home inspection. Your         report from DSP will follow those mandates as well as add any additional information we feel as pertinent to the home we inspect.         You may view a blank copy of the TREC form by clicking here. The TREC website and their regulations are also available.

Q:  Who will receive the report?

A:  By the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) regulations, only the buyer may receive a copy of the report. However, by giving               permission in writing to the inspector, the buyer can designate other recipients, such as their agent, to receive the report. The             completed report becomes the property of the person who contracts for the inspection, once the inspection is paid for.

Q:  Can anyone be included during the on-site inspection?

A:  A home Inspector's focus during the inspection needs to be strictly on the details we are trained to observe.  Having another                 individual following the inspector, asking questions, etc… can possibly lead to missed items and/or errors due to distractions                which that can easily occur. Therefore, at DSP we DO NOT provide accompanied inspections.  Typically the buyer and / or the               buyer's agent is present during the last 30 minutes of the inspection as so we may discuss any major items and answer your                 questions. This is typically limited to 30 minutes. You will find the detailed items in the report. Upon reading the report, if the                buyer(s) have any questions, we will be happy to talk with you over the phone or a Skype session.

Q:  How much will my inspection cost?

A:   Each home is unique therefore pricing can vary.  See our price list for information on what affects home inspection pricing.

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Additional Information Regarding The Inspection

"Knowledge is Power"

The following extracts are taken from the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) promulgated property inspection form.  Nothing has been re-worded or  altered.  DSP recommends you read the entire inspection form including all associated declarations and items list. The better informed you become, the better decisions you can make.   Below are some of the items we believe you should pay close attention to. The knowledge gained may answer some of your questions.

“This property inspection report may include an inspection agreement (contract), addenda, and other information related to property conditions. If any item or comment is unclear, you should ask the inspector to clarify the findings. It is important that you carefully read ALL of this information.”

"The TREC Standards of Practice (Sections 535.227-535.233 of the Rules) are the minimum standards for inspections by TREC-licensed inspectors. An inspection addresses only those components and conditions that are present, visible, and accessible at the time of the inspection. While there may be other parts, components or systems present, only those items specifically noted as being inspected were inspected. The inspector is NOT required to turn on decommissioned equipment, systems, utility services or apply an open flame or light a pilot to operate any appliance. The inspector is NOT required to climb over obstacles, move furnishings or stored items. The inspection report may address issues that are code-based or may refer to a particular code; however, this is NOT a code compliance inspection and does NOT verify compliance with manufacturer's installation instructions. The inspection does NOT imply insurability or warrantability of the structure or its components. Although some safety issues may be addressed in this report, this inspection is NOT a safety/code inspection, and the inspector is NOT required to identify all potential hazards."

"Comments may be provided by the inspector whether or not an item is deemed deficient. The inspector is not required to prioritize or emphasize the importance of one deficiency over another."

"Some items reported may be considered life-safety upgrades to the property. For more information, refer to Texas Real Estate Consumer Notice Concerning Recognized Hazards or Deficiencies below."

"THIS PROPERTY INSPECTION IS NOT A TECHNICALLY EXHAUSTIVE INSPECTION OF THE STRUCTURE, SYSTEMS OR COMPONENTS. This inspection may not reveal all deficiencies. A real estate inspection helps to reduce some of the risk involved in purchasing a home, but it cannot eliminate these risks, nor can the inspection anticipate future events or changes in performance due to changes in use or occupancy. It is recommended that you obtain as much information as is available about this property, including seller's disclosures, previous inspection reports, engineering reports, building/remodeling permits, and reports performed for and by relocation companies, municipal inspection departments, lenders, insurers, and appraisers. You should also attempt to determine whether repairs, renovation, remodeling, additions, or other such activities have taken place at this property. It is not the inspector's responsibility to confirm that information obtained from these sources is complete or accurate or that this inspection is consistent with the opinions expressed in previous or future reports."

"ITEMS IDENTIFIED IN THE REPORT DO NOT OBLIGATE ANY PARTY TO MAKE REPAIRS OR TAKE OTHER ACTIONS, NOR IS THE PURCHASER REQUIRED TO REQUEST THAT THE SELLER TAKE ANY ACTION. When a deficiency is reported, it is the client's responsibility to obtain further evaluations and/or cost estimates from qualified service professionals. Any such follow-up should take place prior to the expiration of any time limitations such as option periods."

"Evaluations by qualified tradesmen may lead to the discovery of additional deficiencies which may involve additional repair costs. Failure to address deficiencies or comments noted in this report may lead to further damage of the structure or systems and add to the original repair costs. The inspector is not required to provide follow-up services to verify that proper repairs have been made.

Property conditions change with time and use. For example, mechanical devices can fail at any time, plumbing gaskets and seals may crack if the appliance or plumbing fixture is not used often, roof leaks can occur at any time regardless of the apparent condition of the roof, and the performance of the structure and the systems may change due to changes in use or occupancy, effects of weather, etc. These changes or repairs made to the structure after the inspection may render information contained herein obsolete or invalid. This report is provided for the specific benefit of the client named above and is based on observations at the time of the inspection."

"To ensure that consumers are informed of hazards such as these, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) has adopted Standards of Practice requiring licensed inspectors to report these conditions as "Deficient" when performing an inspection for a buyer or seller, if they can be reasonably determined."

"These conditions may not have violated building codes or common practices at the time of the construction of the home, or they may have been "grandfathered" because they were present prior to the adoption of codes prohibiting such conditions. While the TREC Standards of Practice do not require inspectors to perform a code compliance inspection, TREC considers the potential for injury or property loss from the hazards addressed in the Standards of Practice to be significant enough to warrant this notice.