Your home is a big investment. Know what you're getting before you buy with a thorough, trustworthy home inspection.
Types of Homes inspected
Longhorn Inspections inspects all types of residences - single family homes, multi-building residences, duplexes, condominiums - in all price ranges, from homes below $100k to multi-million dollar estates. Danny doesn't inspect pier and beam homes. He only inspects slab homes.
Why Get a Home Inspection
The benefits of a home inspection are twofold:
- Major Problems: An inspection helps determine whether there are catastrophic flaws in the structural or mechanical elements of the home. Knowing about these issues will help you decide whether or not you want to buy the house.
- Minor Problems: An inspection helps protect your investment over the long term. You will receive a great deal of information about minor problems, which, if not addressed, can eventually cause major problems.
What an Inspection costs
Home inspections are priced based on the size of the home, its age, and its features. Danny doesn't charge flat fees, which means you only pay for the inspection services you need. To get an an estimate, give Danny a call at 512 422-5553 or use the contact form to have him call you!
What an inspection coverS
Inspections cover structural and mechanical components of your home, including: foundation, grading and drainage, roof and roof structure, interior and exterior walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, fire places, porches and decks, electrical systems, heating and cooling systems, plumbing systems, water heater, built in appliances, garage door and operator, door bell, dryer vent, smoke alarms, sprinkler systems, pools and spas. Inspections do not include cosmetic items, although they will be noted.
Danny inspects every home as if it were a new home built to the new construction code. What this means for older homes is that he will note a lot of items that may have been code compliant when the home was built, but are now not code compliant, based on construction code updates. It is not required nor typical to bring older homes up to current construction code when they are sold.
How long Inspections Take
Inspections are very thorough. The average minimum time is 4 hours, while larger houses may take an entire day. Check out the Inspection Process page to learn more about how the inspection process works.
Check out the About page to learn more about Danny. He performs each and every inspection himself. Also, see what others are saying on Yelp and Home Advisor. Danny is a top-rated inspector in the Austin area.
The sample reports below illustrate the quality of the work Danny performs. The list of items Danny reviews is 21 - without pictures!
- Report Template: The report template contains every possible problem that Danny looks for.
- New Home: This sample inspection was performed on a newly built home. Even new homes are not without their faults.
- Existing Homes: These houses had a lot of deferred maintenance that turned into big problems over time.
- One Year Warranty Inspection: An average one year warranty inspection.
Inspection Tip #1
Look for this problem when walking through a property: stair-step cracks in the bricks or rock, or diagonal cracks in interior drywall. This is a common indicator of foundation problems, which may or may not be serious.
Inspection Tip #2
Look closely at the grading around the house. It should be sloping away from the house in all directions for at least 10 feet. If the ground is sloped towards the house or water is ponding next to the house, foundation problems can occur.