Three Shortcomings of the Current Definition of Home Inspection in Texas

Ask most home inspectors what the standard definition of a home inspection is and you will hear something like: “An evaluation of the current condition of the home based on visual evidence.”  That definition fairly characterized the practice for many years.  But as more people entered the field, many with little or no relevant training or experience, that standard definition has been found to have several shortcomings.

The first problem with this definition is that it fails to take into account the purpose of the home inspection.  We see more reports which are simply checklists of what the inspector observed accompanied by large books which are general descriptions of homes and building systems.  The consumer is given little in the way of specific information about the home they intend to buy.  Extracting meaningful information from the report is difficult.  Such reports are cheaper and easier to prepare for the home inspector.  Unfortunately, they often have far less value for the consumer.

The purpose of the home inspection is to provide an understanding of the condition of the home so that the consumer can make an intelligent purchase decision.  With that purpose in mind, the inspector who provides value will produce a written report that reflects the condition of the home now and how it is likely to perform over the years.  The report is home specific and puts the condition of the various systems in perspective.

The second problem has to do with the word evaluation. Most industry standards of practice suggest that the inspector observe and report their findings.  However, the real value comes when the inspector renders their opinion of the conditions found.  The problem for home inspectors in the state of Texas is that, only a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) can render an opinion as to the structural integrity of the home.

The third shortcoming is that the definition does not relate to any particular standard.  The definition only provides a broad framework within which the inspector operates.  Criterium Farrell Yancy Engineers’ definition of a home inspection is based upon the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers definition and creates a framework for providing the highest level of services in the home inspection industry.

What Does This Mean to Our Clients?

Criterium Farrell Yancy Engineers provides you with a level of accountability, professionalism and value that sets us apart in the home inspection industry.  We are dedicated to enhancing our client’s lives using sound, practical engineering judgment and skills and have established a reputation for competence, professionalism and thoroughness that is unmatched.

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