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Is your home inspector building code certified? Most likely not.
Thank you for visiting. Jim has been performing Tiki Island Home Inspections, Bayou Vista Home Inspections, Omega Bay Home Inspections for over 20 years and has over 21 years of homebuilding experience. Jim personally performs every inspection and does not sub-contract out to other inspectors you know nothing about. If you have a question you call Jim; not a call center. Our philosophy for each client is simple; Jim will inspect the property as if he were going to buy it. He will be there for you before, during and after the inspection.
Jim is the only active state licensed building code certified home and construction inspector based in Galveston county. Why? The state (TREC) does not require home inspectors to be code certified. It takes a lot of time and money. The TREC license is a business license. A license is not a certification from the state. Further, no inspector association requires their member inspectors to be building code certified. Think about it. Ask what those web site certifications mean. Who would you call?
Jim's inspection is not just an inspection; it's an education. Clients keep coming back and they refer him to friends, relatives and coworkers. These people know the difference.
Once you hire Jim, you will. He’s available to answer questions about your home at any time after the inspection. Even years later. Can you remodel? Had storm damage? You’ve got a friend you can consult at any time.
Jim’s – No B.S. Guarantee
Jim is so confident he'll satisfy your needs and save you money, he offers the following guarantee:
If you're not completely satisfied with our job at the end of the onsite inspection, you owe us nothing! No disclaimers. No fine print. No bull!
Order Your Inspection today! Call me directly at (281) 337-4052.
What You Can Expect
• One of the regions most detailed inspectors and full code certified. Take the challenge!
• An unbiased opinion free of influence from others. Rest assured you’ll get the real story about the home you’re buying.
• Home inspection reports can be indecipherable while others are "empty". Jim’s reports are easy to understand. You even get a detailed Summary that most builders and buyers want.
• Reports include digital photographs of our choice.
• You’ll understand your new home. Jim’s inspections are meant to be educational. Ask any question.
• You’ll know what’s about to wear out. Here’s another secret they won’t tell you. A 10 year old home with the original roof, water heater, appliances, and heating and cooling equipment may cost you $20,000.00 over the next few years. It may not be such a bargain unless you prepare and budget. Click here
• Consulting after the inspection. You’ll have a friend in the business. Jim is available to answer your questions any time after the inspection. Even years later.
No risk. Remember, If you're not completely satisfied with our job
Call Jim at (281) 337-4052
Missing Ceiling Insulation
Non-visible water running behind the drywall
ICC/IRC Combination Code Certified Inspector (Combination R-5)
International Code Council (ICC) Residential Building Inspector
Legacy - Texas Residential Construction Commission Inspector 1590- (Dispute Resolution Inspector)
InterNACHI - Certified Home Energy Inspector
Texas Real Estate Commission Qualified Sponsoring Professional Inspector
"Thank you so much for being an awesome person! You are a very thorough inspector and will be forever used and recommended in the future."
T & J - Pearland
"I inspect homes too but I wanted you to inspect mine"
T.T. - Houston
"After all these years of buying homes this was the first time I felt I knew what I was buying with your inspection"
Dr. J.E. - Pearland
"The inspectors I've seen in the past do not provide even a percentage of what you provide" V.M. - League City
"I wanted to thank you again for your detailed inspection
and excellent reports."
J.M. - Pearland
"On my last house the inspector told the agent that everything will be fine. The house will pass. The problem was he told her that before the inspection even started. I wasn't going to use that kind of inspector this time".
M.L. - League City
""The builder said he wouldn't have sold me the house knowing it was going to be inspected. I want to know what they are hiding".
H.N. - League City
"After your recent inspection of a one year old "as-is" foreclosed builder home we requested structural repairs. The bank saw the photos and the references to building codes and opted to repair than give thousands of dollars in price cuts; the leverage of your report gave us the stronger position."
S. P., Kemah
"Hey Jim, just got back from the walkthrough with your report in hand. They pretty much didn't give us any lip about any of it -- the dryer booster fan and framing stuff included -- I was really surprised.
Nonetheless, I have to say this is the first inspection I've had that I really felt was worth the money -- thank you so much for all of your insights; the came in very handy today, and I suspect that they will continue to do so for warranty and maintenance issues in the future.
Thanks again, and we'll be sure to recommend you to anyone else buying in the area."
J& M, Sienna Plantation
I wanted to drop you a brief note to tell you that, surprisingly, they took care of every issue you documented. And did it with a smile.
On the day of our walk through, they had a few contractors back to work on some items. One was fixing the larger heater unit. One was working on the fixing the side building foundation issues and the other literately was removing all windows and carefully remounting and then checking to ensure they were sealing correctly on the top (per your suggestion).
They carefully went over your list and showed me what they had done to fix (even things like the messy breaker box job outside).
Your inspection was priceless Jim. Best money I ever spent.
I feel sorry for anyone who purchases a home and doesn’t get an inspector of your caliber.
Thanks again for all of your help.
Resale, new construction,
1-year warranty inspections, maintenance inspections
March 2011 image on a home put up for sale by its owner 1-year after it was built. The dark spots are water inside the wall.
See if any inspector
is code certified for free. Most are not as certification is not required by the state to have a license
How Was Your Inspection?
If your inspection didn't pay for itself you probably had the wrong inspector. Inspections are simply night and day as there is no real qualifications to be licensed. Some may be so poor you simply threw your money away and still have the untold hazards especially electrical and gas.
Our clients are always glad they came to the inspection and they all learn a lot.
Texas does not require inspectors to be code certified so many are not so beware of false qualifications. The state does not train or certify inspectors. The state only issues a license. It is up to the inspector to go get experience and credentials on their own. Some credentials are available for a yearly fee.
If your inspector is not IRC code certified then they have no knowledge of code violations or construction defects. Code certification can take years to obtain through testing. The state minimum inspection standards are not code inspections and should not be relied upon. Some may hide behind false standards they cannot substantiate or document. The majority we come across do not even own code books.
The professional inspectors provide a source reference for each opinion of condition. They don't hide behind the "per current iindustry standards" bluff to make themselves look good to you.
If your inspector knows nothing about the specialized coastal county construction then what is he or she looking for?
How Was Your Inspection?
A good inspection following the inspection standards should pay for itself many times over. Inspections are simply night and day between inspectors. inspections and fees are not the same due to experience and education as well as the level of inspection you want. A cheap inspection sounds good but is commonly a waste of money. Inspectors get a business license and automatically become an expert in nothing.
The real news is there is no "pass" or "fail" and there are no required repairs. The inspection is supposed to discuss and identify many of the defects and deficiencies of parts, components and systems. There is no perfect home and the report will typically be a long listing of deficiencies. If you have a empty or "soft report" because the inspector didn't find anything then you and those that referred him became their lawful prey.
The state does not certify any private inspector. It only issues a business license. There is no badge or authority. It's only opinions. Additionally any good inspection can significantly lower your property tax value if done by an experienced inspector. Some inspections may not be worth the money and you still have potential untold safety and financial hazards. Some buyers may not have a chance to get a good inspection as the results may be pre-arranged via a hand picked list of inspectors given them. Cheap inspections sound good to the ones that can't afford to protect themselves.
If your inspector is not IRC code certified then they have no knowledge of code violations or construction defects. Code certification can take years to obtain through testing. The state does not require code certification in order to get a license. Some may hide behind false standards they cannot substantiate or document. More than a few we come across do not even own code books.
The professional inspectors provide a source reference for each opinion of condition. They don't hide behind the "per current industry standards" bluff to make themselves look (falsely) knowledgeable to you.
Additionally if your inspector knows nothing about the specialized coastal county construction then what is he or she looking for?
With thousands of inspections performed we hear time and again my clients say "I wish I had hired you the first time."
Meeting everyones expectation is challenging and may be impossible for some so if you want a detailed comprehensive inspection beyond the state standards you can arrange one.