We have listed below several questions we are frequently asked as well as additional information we think might be useful when choosing a home inspector. If you would like to discuss the information below or would like additional information please feel free to give me a call.
Why should we choose Brad Leland Professional Home Inspections? Here are a few of the reasons that our inspection services are special:
Experience! Brad Leland has 25 years of residential and commercial construction experience.
Service! We produce a clearly-written, plain-English narrative report, not a checklist or a technical jargon filled report. We complete the written report quickly—within 24 hours. We emphasize problem solving, not just problem finding. Whenever possible, we offer practical and economical solutions and maintenance tips. We can usually schedule your inspection within 1-3 days. Weekend and early evening service is available.
Commitment! I am available to answer your questions in the future as long as you own the home. Anything I can help you with by phone, fax or e-mail is always a courtesy at no charge. I enjoy my work and my clients! have built our business on referrals from satisfied clients so we do our best to keep the fee reasonable and fair.
In what areas do you perform inspections? We provide inspections services in the greater Houston area. Including Harris, Fort Bend, Chambers, Montgomery, Galveston and Liberty counties. From Conroe, Willis, Spring, Katy, Downtown, The Heights, The Woodlands, Seabrook, Clearlake, Sugarland, Pearland, Midtown, La Porte, Pasadena, Dayton, Richmond and everywhere in between.
What is the cost of an inspection? Please refer to our Inspection Fees page.
How long have you been an inspector in the Houston area? Over 10 years.
Can I attend the inspection? Yes, 1 encourage client participation and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
What did you do before you were an inspector? I was a union carpenter for 10 years working in commercial construction. I worked in Residential Building for 15 years. I worked in Kitchen and Bathroom remodeling and design for 5 years prior to attending school and getting my license to provide inspections in Texas. I exceed the required continuing education mandated by the state in order to renew my license.
I am having a new home built should I have it inspected? Yes, many times I find items that have been overlooked by the builder. During pre-sheetrock inspections I often find many places where additional nailing is required.
What is a home inspection and why do we need one? A home inspection is like putting your home through a physical exam by an objective professional. All the major systems and components of the house are checked top to bottom. This includes the plumbing, electrical and heating systems, as well as the structural components, such as the roof and crawl space.
What will the inspection be like? During the on-site inspection I explain deficencies I find and answer any questions you have while we go through the home. At the end of the inspection, I will have a “summary” discussion with a slide show of the photos taken during my inspection of the problems that were found and explain the items that will appear in the written report. The inspection report will then be prepared and emailed to you that evening or next day. After you recieve the report you are always welcome to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Some inspectors charge less than you charge. Why do you cost more? Quality! We are service oriented on site and spend the time to help our clients understand what the homes condition is like now, what major items will be needed in the future, and what maintenance it will take through the years. Our Home Inspection Reports are quite specific. For example, instead of just listing “plumbing leaks yes” or “there is a leak in a sink”, our reports state “there is a leak in the trap in the right hand sink in the master bathroom”. All this takes time, but our clients like our level of service. I only do 2 inspections a day, so I can take the time to be thourough and give your home my full attention and time. Some of our clients use the report as a reference document as they work through the repairs and improvements in their home. Additionally, your real estate agent will be in a stronger negotiating position for you--he will be able to use our clear explanations of issues in our reports when they negotiate with the sellers. In the end I believe my fees are in the middle. Not the most expensive and not the least expensive. I feel my fees are fair.
Do you follow any standards? Yes! Our inspection procedures and written reports conform to the Texas Real Estate Commision Standards of Practice. The State of Texas is one of the few states to require licensing of Home Inspectors. I reguarly exceed the minimum reporting standards due to my experience in home building and construction.
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