The choice of home inspectors is huge. Finding the right inspector for you is critical. The standards for becoming a licensed home inspector through the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) are relatively simple. Individuals are trained to take a test. Simply having a (TREC) license does not mean you are a good inspector. The test of a quality home inspector is how long they have survived in the industry. Chris Nowling has been in the construction industry including inspections since 1978. As a home inspector Chris has performed in excess of 9,000 inspections in the Central Texas area. Chris holds the highest level license that (TREC) provides “professional” unrestricted. All Texas home inspectors are licensed. Chris is also Code certified, a very tough designation to achieve.
In the home inspection industry it is easy to scare people. It is much more difficult to educate them. We prefer educating them.
Time is Critical
As buyers you quickly discover that the time allowed for discovery (inspections, surveys, & appraisals) is limited. The “Option” period provided in a contract can be as little as a few days. Time is “critical”. I provide computer generated reports at the time of the inspection, “No Waiting”. This provides the buyers and the inspector the opportunity to go over the report one item at a time. Most inspectors do not produce their reports at the time of the inspection resulting in the buyers waiting sometimes days before receiving the report. Aside from the waiting period the buyers typically discover things in the inspection report that were not discussed on the day of the inspection and now the inspection period is about to expire.
The Structural & Mechanical Report
The report is a very comprehensive narrative type that is easy to navigate and understand. We use terms that the lay person can understand. The report also includes a summary that makes it very easy to find the most important issues in the report. Chris provides one of the most comprehensive home inspection reports on the market that includes digital photographs.
As part of Chris Nowlings on going commitment to detail and reliability for my Home Inspection Clients, he is now offering a valuable preventive & predictive maintenance option called Infrared Inspections, also known as Thermal Imaging. The basic premise behind the discipline is that all objects above absolute zero give off invisible infrared radiation. The technology was developed in the 1950’s for the military (night vision). It has only been in recent years that the technology was refined into a hand held system, allowing it to migrate into the Residential and Commercial inspection profession. In the hands of a Certified, Trained and Experienced Thermographer (such as Chris Nowling), an infrared camera allows Chris to detect hidden issues behind finished surfaces of any building by evaluating the camera’s images & temperature readings and then interpreting these readings directly to you. Infrared Thermography is one of the fastest growing forms of “non-destructive” testing in the world today. This outstanding technology gives me the ability to observe conditions that may be going on in the walls & ceilings in a way that has never been possible in the past. It allows Chris to see things such as moisture problems, missing insulation, HVAC air duct leaks in walls & floor cavities, and under the right conditions even termite activity. Hot water pipes can also be located under concrete slabs (unless the concrete is covered with carpeting), this means that if there are leaks in the hot water piping under the slab, they can be detected and located. The technology is fantastic at finding leaks on flat roofs. Without utilizing my infrared camera, there may be hidden defects that would normally go undetected in the course of my standard visual inspection. Thermal imaging allows me to easily locate an array of hidden building conditions with astonishing speed and accuracy.
Many inspectors “farm” out their termite inspections to pest control companies. In our opinion this is a conflict of interest since the pest control company can bid on services that they recommend during the inspection. The pest control company is more interested in selling a $500.00-900.00 termite treatment than collecting a $50.00 inspection fee. Chris is licensed by the Structural Pest Control Board (CA license #0561310) and performs his own (WDI) termite inspections. Business License #0707925.