FAQs

For your convenience, our most common customer’s questions are answered right here.  If your not finding what you want, please reach out directly through our Contact Us page or call us at (817) 559-7477 and we’ll be delighted in answering any question or concerns that you may have.

How do I choose a Real Estate Inspector?

Call them and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don’t feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone, then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection?  You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs.  Choose one who has years of experience inspecting homes.

Why Should I Choose Property Performance Assessment for my inspection?

Because PPA inspectors are superior real estate inspectors.

  • PPA is experienced in all phases of residential construction.
  • We utilize the latest computer technologies to produce a report in the shortest amount of time possible.
  • We are preferred by many real estate companies and their agents, mortgage companies, land developers, home builders, insurance companies and others in the North Texas region.
  • We have been inspecting homes since 2001.
  • All inspectors are required to have completed at least 30 hours of continuing education yearly to satisfy PPA’s strict education requirements and to satisfy all mandated state requirements bi-yearly.

What qualifications or credentials should a Real Estate Inspector have?

When choosing a real estate inspector, begin with a list of association members in your area. Then check to see who among these is the most experienced and has the most outstanding reputation for thoroughness, professionalism and ethics as an inspector. Also, be sure to attend your inspection. That way, you’ll learn as much as possible from your member inspector. Many inspectors have college degrees in fields related to construction such as engineering and architecture. Some have passed the same code certification examinations that the building code officials are required to pass. Many come from building and construction trades.

What will the Inspection Cover?

A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to the foundation.  In Texas a Standards of Practice developed by The Texas Real Estate Commission is utilized (TREC SOPs) as well as others. The Items that are included in a PPA Inspection are included in those standards and are:

  • Grading and Drainage
  • Electrical and plumbing systems
  • HVAC systems
  • Structural systems and framing
  • Septic and well systems
  • Built-in appliances
  • Pools and spas
  • Outbuildings, barns and docks
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Attic Insulation and ventilation
  • Roof covering, flashings, gutters and downspouts
  • Basement,  crawlspace,  foundation
  • Retaining walls, driveways and walkways
  • Exterior siding & trim
  • Interior ceilings, floors and walls
  • Doors & windows
  • Chimney and fireplace
  • much more

How long will the inspection take?

Most Inspections will take between three to four hours. However, these times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.  Anyone who says they can inspect a home in less time, is not inspecting a house thoroughly.

Should I be Present during the Inspection?

We always recommend that you be present at the time of inspection, from start to finish. We also understand being present is not always possible. However, our inspection and the report will detail any deficiencies found for your review.

Couldn’t I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

This is a mistake many home buyers and sellers make when buying or selling a home. Although the person they are considering to inspect the property may be very skilled, they are not always trained or experienced at professional real estate inspections. A professional real estate inspection is a unique and acquired skill like no other. Seasoned professional inspectors have an instinct for problems. This instinct takes extensive training and experience performing inspections to develop.  Many contractors, and other trades professionals often hire professional home inspectors to inspect the homes they build or purchase.

What if I have questions after the inspection?

We expect and encourage inquiries. You can always call us (817) 559-7477 and discuss all the aspects of your new home. Our service is a long-term investment and commitment to our customers.