Services Offered

Are you selling your home? Have us inspect it before you even list it. A Move-In Certified™ home has been pre-inspected, which means that the seller can confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement, and no known safety hazards. A Move-In Certified™ Seller Inspection informs you of any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates. Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith. Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays, and justify your full asking price by having your home pre-inspected now.

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Pre-listing Inspections:

  • Help eliminate surprises in your buyer’s inspection.
  • You can schedule the inspection at your convenience.
  • You can be home and talk with your inspector during the inspection.

The Seller Inspection:

  • Allows you to compare contractors and prices on your schedule.
  • Provides proof of repairs with paid invoices from contractors. 
  • Removes inflated buyer estimates from the negotiations.
  • Move-In Certified™ Seller Inspections show good faith. 

Other advantages of a Pre-listing Inspection report:

  • The report is a professional, unbiased, third-party opinion about the condition of the home.
  • The report can help you substantiate your asking price if problems are corrected.
  • The report increases your protection from future full-disclosure claims. 

FACT:  A house in good repair makes a good first impression and often sells faster and at a higher price than one in need of repairs.

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Buyer Inspections

Your new home is likely to be your largest financial investment. It only makes sense to ensure that the home you fall in love with is a home you can live with. A professional home inspection is an unbiased report on the visible and accessible components of a house including: foundation, grading, drainage, roof, attic, walls, windows, doors, ceilings, stairways, fireplaces, chimneys, porches, balconies, decks, carports, garages, heating and cooling systems, plumbing and fixtures, electrical and built-in appliances. The small cost of a Southern Value Real Estate Inspection can save you hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars in repair costs by alerting you to potential maintenance and repair issues. 

Construction Phase Inspections

When building a new home, you have the unique opportunity to witness the construction process from start to finish. This allows you and your home inspector to review most of the components of the house that will be inaccessible after the home is completed. 

Phase inspections are usually conducted at three points during construction. The first inspection is before concrete is poured for the foundation. This allows your inspector to view the grade beam, rough plumbing and foundation reinforcement systems. 

The second inspection occurs before drywall is installed. This inspection includes a review of the house including framing, windows, electrical distribution system, additional plumbing and the ducts and vents for the HVAC and other appliances. 

While your final walk-through with the builder is primarily a review of the cosmetic features of the house, your final inspection will focus on structural, operational and safety issues. This inspection should take place before you have your final walk-through with the builder. Your inspector will examine the completed exterior and interior of the house including drainage, roof, attic, insulation, finished walls, windows, doors, ceilings and floors as well as the installation and operation of the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Our home inspections also include a full infrared scan of the house to identify moisture and air infiltration and duct leakage.

FACT:  In recent years, phase inspections have become a standard  practice for the informed home buyer.

Inspections for Additions to Existing Structures

Realize that you’re building a Mini-House.  A room addition involves all of the same things that you find in new home construction, foundation, footers, framing, zoning, permitting, HVAC, flooring, plumbing, electrical, new windows, etc. The list goes on and on. Even if you are building a great room or living room (i.e., a room addition without services such as plumbing), you’ve still got other services that you cannot avoid (electrical, heating, cooling, and more).  A self-contracted project with a four point consultation/inspection can often save you many hours and dollars.

Warranty Inspections

Toward the end of the one year warranty on your new home, a comprehensive professional home inspection can reveal items in need of repair or service by your builder. Before the warranty runs out, an eleven month home inspection can help avoid paying for repairs that could have been covered under your new home’s builder warranty. Call us to schedule your end of warranty inspection.

Maintenance Inspections

Home Owner Inspections
If you plan on staying in your house for many years, regular yearly inspections can identify areas where appropriate repairs can prolong the life of your home and its working systems. Remember, Southern Value Real Estate Inspections works for you and is objective in evaluating your home. We do not sell repair services and have no conflict of interest.

Investor & Landlord Inspections

A good home inspector can be your best friend. Home inspectors specialize in identifying home maintenance issues and poor construction practices. A thorough inspection can save you time, money and headaches in preparing a property for rental or resale.

Insurance Loss Inspections

Insurance Loss Inspections Insurance loss inspections verify completion of repairs prior to the release of insurance funds. 

Southern Value Real Estate Inspections provides insurance loss inspections to verify to an insurance company that repairs and rehab work are successfully completed prior to the release of insurance funds. Often, these properties are occupied. Within 24 to 48 hours of contact with the servicer, the inspector will schedule an appointment with the homeowner. The inspector will survey the extent of the damage, the completed percentage of the repairs, and the borrower’s satisfaction with the repairs. Clients receive a progress report, as well as alerts about work not being completed as scheduled. 

What will be inspected?

The inspector will generally measure the home as sometimes property tax information is not accurate. They will also ask you questions regarding the age of the roof, furnace, electrical system, and plumbing. Along with the roof condition, they will also take a look at the gutters and downspouts to see if they are all connected properly. They will also take note if there is debris in the yard. If you are buying a house, be honest with your insurance agent if you are moving into the home right after the closing or if you are planning to remodel the home. Both situations can be addressed by our agency but it is always best to take this into consideration while setting up the policy. The insurance company can cancel a policy for misrepresentation if there is major remodeling and/or you have not moved into the property. Honesty is always the best policy.

Other Benefits

Other benefits of a home insurance inspection can be that discounts are identified by the inspector that the customer was not aware. For example, some customers with central fire and burglar alarms do not realize their system also has a low temperature sensor. This is an additional discount with some companies.

When the home inspection is complete, it is sent to the home insurance company. They review and confirm the accurate dwelling coverage and also outline any concerns that need to be addressed and forward to the agent. The agent communicates any changes or concerns to the customer.

Having your home inspected helps to keep the cost of reinsurance down. Reinsurance is the insurance that companies buy to protect the company from large individual losses or many catastrophic losses. You pay towards the reinsurance as part of your premium. Companies that conduct these inspections get discounted rates on reinsurance and this is passed along to the customers.

The home insurance inspection can be a very simple process that provides peace of mind that your home is insured properly and that avoidable losses can be avoided.

Welcome to Southern Value Real Estate Inspections!

Providing quality home inspections to Harris, Montgomery, Walker, Polk and the surrounding counties, including:

Tomball, Houston, Spring, Conroe, Montgomery, Willis, Humble, Hockley, Magnolia, Katy, Wallar, Cypress, Kingwood, Huntsville, League City, Navasota, Richmond, and Richardson, TX

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How does your home work for you now? How do you think in five years or ten years?  Aging in place describes a senior homeowner’s ability to remain in the home to the fullest extent possible by planning and implementing modifications that promote safety, mobility, security and functional use. Too often, seniors and persons with disabilities or impairments are placed in group homes or assisted living facilities without exploring this highly desirable and affordable option. A Southern Value Real Estate Inspector is trained to evaluate your at-home lifestyle and your mobility issues within the home, and assess your expected needs. Your inspector can recommend corrections and adaptations to the home to improve your maneuverability, accessibility, safety and ease of performing daily routines.

Crawlspace Inspections

Homes with a pier and beam foundation have a crawlspace under the floor. The foundation walls and multiple piers support the floor girders, which in turn support the floor joists and sub floor, on top of which rests the finished interior floor. This crawlspace is generally only 18 to 24 inches high and difficult to crawl through due to the many obstacles that run beneath the floor. Mechanical equipment, plumbing supply and sewer lines, heating and air conditioning ducts, electrical lines, miscellaneous cable and telephone wires and construction debris often fill the crawlspace.  

It is in this environment that the home inspector must evaluate the contour and moisture level of the ground, the apparent soundness of the concrete and wood structure, the condition of ducts, electrical wiring and plumbing, while checking for water leaks and proper ventilation. Because the foundation is truly the “foundation” of the entire house a thorough inspection is a prudent investment. Jeremy Griffin is an InterNACHI Certified Crawlspace Inspector. 

Pool & Spa Inspections

A pool/spa equipment and safety inspection, is a visual inspection of the condition and proper operation of the pool in the circulate mode. No valve positions are changed nor are accessory equipment operated by the inspector. The equipment is checked for leaks, vibration, overheating, excess noise, plumbing deterioration and proper electrical bonding. The pool shell, skimmers, tile, coping, steps, handrails, diving board, deck and other visible components are inspected for visible damage or deterioration. Electrical line clearances, under water lighting and drains are checked for proper placement and safety. Water quality testing is not performed. The structural integrity of an in-ground pool cannot be determined without multiple water level measurements over a period of days, and is not part of a single visit pool inspection. We offer pool and spa inspections as an optional service to our home inspection clients at the time of their home inspection.
Jeremy Griffin is an InterNACHI Certified Pool and Spa Inspector.

Commercial Property Inspections

A professional commercial building inspection is absolutely vital when you are planning to purchase, lease or sell a commercial building. It’s the hidden details that you don’t see that really count. You need to know not only what shape the building and its components are in right now, but what expenses may arise in the near and long term future. A Southern Value Real Estate commercial building inspection will provide you with the answers you need to make an informed, successful decision.

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Infrared or thermal images show areas of varying temperatures that are not visible to the naked eye. These differences are the result of air infiltration, duct leaks, insulation issues, electrical problems and moisture penetrations that can result in wasted energy and structural damage. We employ infrared imaging on every home energy audit and home inspection we conduct. Jeremy Griffin is an InterNACHI Infrared Certified home inspector.

Home Energy Audits with Superior Results

Our audits provide you with two reports in one. First, a custom energy audit with infrared images of energy losses found in your house. 
Second, a Department of Energy Comparison Report comparing your house to others in your area. All of our reports feature infrared imaging at no additional charge. This is the most efficient and accurate technology used in energy audits and home inspections to identify areas of air infiltration, duct leaks, insulation issues, electrical problems and moisture penetrations. Jeremy Griffin is a Certified Energy Auditor

FACT: Did You Know?  It takes a lot of energy to heat, cool, and operate your home. On average, you can save over $500 every year on utility bills by following the prioritized recommendations found in your Home Energy Report.

Your Home Energy Audit includes Two Reports

* First, your Energy audit with specific recommendations for your home
* Second, Department of Energy comparison report to other homes in your area
Approximately 2-3 hours in your home
* Infrared imaging of house to find air and duct leaks, areas of moisture penetration and   missing  insulation
Interview with homeowner 
Inspection of doors, windows, lighting and appliances
* Inspection of water heater, insulation, ducts, HVAC system, and air seals
Review of utility bills * Submitted by customer
* Register temperature testing
* Review of appliance efficiency ratings
* Window heat gain estimates 
* Cost / benefit analysis of potential improvements

Your Home Energy Report

The Home Energy Report includes a comparison of your home to homes in your area. The report was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and is derived from an inspection that addresses significant areas for improvement by identifying the most visible, accessible and easily corrected energy losses in your home and can save you hundreds of dollars on energy costs each year. 

To produce your Home Energy Report™, we will collect over 40 data points related to your home’s energy usage including:
* Number and age of occupants
* Local energy prices
* Building design and orientation
* Light bulbs, number and type
* Insulation R-value at the foundation, ceiling and walls and attic
* Air tightness and air leakage rates
* Skylights and window types and sizes
* Appliances and equipment, size, age, capacity and efficiency
* Heating, cooling and water heating data
* Duct temperature reading

The Report

Your Home Energy Report™ will give you a quick understanding of: 
* How much your home cost to operate 
* Where energy (and, therefore, money) is being wasted in your home
* What can be done to save energy and increase comfort

Custom Home Energy Report

Your Home Energy Report consists of two reports: 
First, an energy audit listing specific findings and recommendations for your home.
Second, an interactive compilation of the data documented at your home, comparing your house to others in the area, in the form of a Department of Energy Comparison Energy Report. Within the report are expanded recommendations, reference materials and links to a variety of booklets and resources that provide insights into more ways for you to save on energy costs.

Termite/Wood Destroying Insect (WGI) Inspections

Wood destroying insects, such as termites and carpenter ants, can go undetected for years, silently and invisibly destroying the structural integrity of your home without your knowledge.

That’s why you should consider having a termite/wood destroying insect (WDI) inspection when buying or selling a home. You should also consider it as a homeowner – as a preventative measure to protect your investment.

What are wood destroying insects? They include insects including termites, carpenter ants, and wood boring beetles. In our area, termites and carpenter ants are the wood destroying insects that cause the most damage.

Why Do I Need a WDI Inspection?

Termites and other wood destroying insects live everywhere. They attack the wood in homes made of all types of materials and all ages, and they can get in through even the smallest of cracks – as little as 1/64th of an inch.

All homes are vulnerable to attack and damage by wood destroying insects!

If you’re buying or selling a home or suspect you may have a termite or other wood destroying insect infestation, you should engage a licensed home inspector to perform an inspection for a number of reasons:

  • Wood destroying insects can be extremely damaging, and they can spread quickly. They eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The National Pest Management Association estimates that termite damage costs $5 billion annually!
  • It can take three to eight years before infestation signs become visible. The earlier you find an infestation, the less damage your home will sustain.
  • As a home seller or owner, existing infestations and/or structural damage can significantly lower the value of your home.
  • As a homebuyer, knowing about any infestation or structural damage gives you the power to make a good decision and negotiate fairly.
  • Most homeowners insurance does not cover the repair costs of termite damage.
  • Most banks, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the FHA require a wood destroying insect inspection to secure a home loan.
  • A thorough inspection for termites and other wood destroying insects has the potential to save you money by detecting current or past infestations as early as possible. Understanding the presence of wood destroying insects and managing the repair of the structural damage they may have caused is critical whether you’re buying or selling a home – or just a long-time homeowner who suspects there may be a problem. Early detection can protect your home from costly damage.