Longhorn Inspections provides quality, trustworthy real estate inspections in the Austin metro area.
Many people are not experts when it comes to building construction and systems. While homes and commercial buildings may look fine from a typical walk-through, serious problems could be present that would impact your decision to buy. Find out what they are by getting a thorough real estate inspection before buying.
Longhorn Inspections can provide the following real estate inspection services:
- Residential Homes and Condos
- Commercial Buildings
- Framing Phase Inspections
- 1-year Warranty Inspections
- Coordination of Termite Inspections
Inspections are based on Danny's 22 years of experience as co-owner of Pitts and Prince Construction Company, where he directed all company operations and served as onsite superintendent for all projects. Such a background allows him to identify often overlooked problems, such as improper roof flashing and improper roof bracing. These two mistakes are found in over half the houses and buildings he inspects.
Since retiring from the construction business in 1998, Danny began doing real estate inspections to continue using his construction knowledge. He founded Longhorn Inspections, Inc. in 2003, and has conducted more than 4,650 inspections, including single family homes, condos, commercial strip centers, restaurants, churches, offices, and specialty use buildings.
How an inspection works
- Scheduling the Inspection: Danny schedules inspections by phone, and is usually available with a day or two notice. He will ask you about the size, age, and features of the property, as well as about some specific characteristics. Be sure to have the following information handy:
- Square Feet
- Foundation Type (slab or pier and beam)
- Additional Features
- sprinkler system in the yard
- pool or hot tub
- spa tubs (usually in the master bath)
- more than one air conditioner
- central vacuum cleaner
- The Inspection: Danny's inspections last a minimum of 4 hours, and for larger houses, he could be inspecting all day - or even multiple days. Many inspectors are in and out in an hour or two even for larger houses, as they only look at the minimum required components based on the TREC standards. Danny applies his construction knowledge to each and every inspection, far exceeding the TREC standards. The list of potential issues he is looking for is 21 pages long! Check out the sample residential and sample commercial inspection reports to see for yourself.
- Inspection Review: Danny prefers that his clients are present during the inspection, or at least at the end of the inspection so that he can review all of his notes with you. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and to see the items that will be noted in the report in person.
- Inspection Report: After the inspection, Danny will send you a typed report - including pictures - of his inspection notes. Depending on how long the inspection lasted, you will either receive it later that same day, or the following day.
How do I use my Inspection REPORT?
You should use your inspection report to help you determine if you want to move forward with the purchase of your property. If it turns out that your prospective home or building has a few issues, that doesn't mean that it is a bad investment. If the price is right, even a building with major problems could be worth the investment. But, it's important to know about potential issues before you buy so that you can make an informed decision.
Longhorn Inspections provides service to the Austin metropolitan area, including:
Austin -- Bastrop -- Buda -- Cedar Park -- Dripping Springs -- Elgin -- Georgetown -- Gonzales -- Kyle -- Leander -- Lockhart -- Luling -- Manor -- Pflugerville -- Round Rock --San Marcos -- Seguin -- Wimberly
Danny only schedules one inspection per day. He doesn't cut corners, and will stay as long as it takes to get the job done - without adjusting the price.