Professional Real Estate Inspection servicesinclude New Home Inspection, Resale Home Inspection, Condominium Inspection, Town Home Inspection, Vacation Home Inspection, Apartment Building Inspection, Multi-Family Building Inspection, Commercial Building Inspection, Home Maintenance Inspection, 1 Year Home Warranty Inspection, Home Construction Phase Inspection and Construction Draw Certification Inspection.
Serving cities and communities including; Houston, Cypress, Houston Heights, Rice Military, Museum District, West University, Galleria, Bellaire, Downtown, Midtown, Greenway Plaza, River Oaks, Montrose, Garden Oaks, Memorial, Spring Branch, Oak Forest, Timbergrove, Briar Forest, Tomball, Spring, Jersey Village, Spring Branch, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Humble, Conroe, Lake Conroe, Champion Forest, Sugar Land, Richmond, Missouri City, Sienna Plantation, Royal Oaks, Katy, Cinco Ranch, Magnolia, Hempstead, Waller. Surrounding areas include Harris County, Fort Bend County, Northern Brazoria County, Montgomery County and Waller County. Additional areas upon request.
All inspections thoroughly performed by Greg Genser, with Experience & Professionalism you can depend on since 1991.
Thank you for considering Cypress Inspections for your professional real estate inspection need, as it would be my honor and privilege to work for you. My commitment to you is to perform the most detailed and thorough inspection and written report that I can provide, then deliver that information to you in a clear manner so you can make an educated and informed decision. If you do not hire Cypress Inspections, please do your due diligence and hire the most experienced, knowledgable professional inspector you interview that meets your specific inspection needs. All Texas licensed home inspectors are required to perform a minimum level of service as stated in the Standards of Practice 535.227-535.233 by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC), which I exceed. However, all inspectors and inspection companies may not provide you with this minimum level of service required by law. Please perform a thorough interview of each company you are considering. Several factors to consider before hiring a professional inspector include;
Experience. All Texas home inspectors must be licensed by TREC. I am a 2nd generation Professional Real Estate Inspector, my license is #2962, which was issued in 1991. The lower the license number, the more experienced the inspector has become. Ask each inspector how long they have been licensed by TREC and performing inspections on a fulltime basis. While an individual with a higher license number is “qualified” by TREC, that individual still has much to learn and is gaining experience; and gaining that experience at your expense! It takes several years and hundreds of house inspections performed to be thoroughly trained to observe for the hazards and deficiencies listed in the Standards of Practice 535.227-535.233 . Due to my experience and education, I will observe more hazards and deficiencies than most inspectors so you can make an informed property purchase.
Home inspection companies with multiple inspectors may have very impressive advertisements that list numerous certifications, licenses and qualifications the owner maintains, but that may not be the experience level of the home inspector being sent to your inspection. Home inspection companies with multiple inspectors often have inspectors with very high license numbers, therefore will send out a less-experienced inspector. All inspections by Cypress Inspections are performed by Greg Genser, TREC Lic. #2962 and Professional Inspector since 1991. Beware of inspectors and inspection companies that do not advertise their license number. First, this is deceiving because they do not want you to know their inexperience and second, this is in violation of the Texas Administrative Code 535.221. All inspectors must list their license number on all advertisement. Do you want to hire a home inspector who's first impression put forth is to violate the law?
Interview process. The first question most potential clients ask in the initial telephone conversation or email is, "what is my price for a house inspection," which should be one of your last questions. Interview each home inspection company and determine what makes each different and the one you will feel most comfortable with. Will the inspector access the roofsurface? TREC requires that all home inspectors access a roof or notify the client at the earliest moment if they do not. This means if they never access a roof, that inspector is required to notify you before arriving for the inspection. If you have a pier & beam foundation, will the house inspector enter the crawl space area? Again, we are required to notify the client at the earliest moment if the crawl space is not entered. Being a Texas Master Electrician #12817, I have a stronger background in this area than most and the electrical system is one of, if not the most important system of the home for you and your families safety. Please, take some time and view the Standards of Practice 535.227-535.233 to educate yourself and better understand what a home inspector is required to observe and report to you.
Referral. Ask family, friends and coworkers for a home inspector referral and how their experience with that inspector was? Being a Professional Inspector since 1991, referrals from past clients is how I receive most of my business. If you are a member of Angies List, please read my reviews from satisfied costumers. Beware of the inspector or inspection company that your real estate agent or their office refer all the time. Who do you think that inspector is loyal to, you or the agent that sends them work? That inspector most likely will not be very thorough so the inspection and home sale will go smoothly, thereby the inspector will receive even more referrals from the realtor.
I had a home seller very upset that I was in his house for over 3 hours. He had been relocated many times, purchased 12 homes and never had an inspection he paid for take more than 1 hour. An inspector who performs an inspection in 1 hour is looking out for the realtors best interest to receive more referrals, not the clients interest.
Price. Let the need for an experienced and qualified inspector be your deciding factor in whom to hire for your professional home inspection needs. An inspector's fee that may be $150.00-$300.00 higher than another is most likely basing their fee on exceeding the Texas Real Estate Commission Standards of Practice; their experience, knowledge, presentation and thoroughness. If all you are interested in is the cheapest price, I am not your inspector! Are you going to let a couple hundred dollars be your deciding factor in hiring a professional home inspector? Just negotiate that extra fee off the sales price and use the money to hire the most experienced and qualified inspector; as it will be money well spent! If you base your decision solely on the cheapest price, just remember that you will get what you pay for. If you think hiring an experienced, thorough professional home inspector is expensive, just imagine the cost of hiring a cheap, inexperienced inspector and discover the added cost once you take possession of the property when a hazard or deficiency has not been reported to you!
Report writing. Get a sample inspection report from each home inspector you are interviewing. Why? Because, you maybe hiring a topnotch inspector but if that inspector cannot communicate their findings into a detailed and legible report, how will this help you. I have placed actual inspection reports on my website for your comparison. If a home inspector is unwilling to provide a home inspection report for your viewing, this should be a red flag to you!
I strongly encourage all my clients to accompany me during the house inspection and you should feel free to ask questions during the inspection process. My job is to be as detailed and thorough as possible in reporting hazards and deficiencies to you, as well as to educate, so you can make an informed purchase.
Armed with the information my experience and knowledge will provide, you can make an informed decision about your purchase. Whether you are purchasing a new or resale residential or commercial property, Cypress Inspections is the Professional Real Estate Inspection company for you!