TREC Inspections 

TREC is an acronym meaning the Texas Real Estate Commission.  The same organization that licenses your real estate agent, licenses real estate inspectors in Texas.

TREC has created their “Standards of Practice” which is applicable to all licensed inspectors.  They have also determined certain legal and ethical standards for the inspection industry in Texas.

A TREC inspection is the inspection that a potential home buyer would receive if looking to purchase a particular house.  Upon entering the option (due diligence) period, the potential home buyer would hire a TREC inspector to go through the systems of the house (electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structural) to determine if there are any deficiencies that would be important to know prior to purchasing.  

There are limits to a TREC inspection.  Environmental (mold) inspections, Hydro-static (underground plumbing inspections) inspections are not a part of the TREC inspection as stipulated by TREC.  These inspections may be offered by your TREC inspector but are typically governed by different agencies than TREC. The standards for an oven, for instance, are to check the oven at 350 degrees.  TREC allows for a 25 degree variance either direction meaning that anywhere from 325 to 375 degrees when set on 350 degrees is acceptable to TREC.

A TREC inspector is bound by the “Standards of Practice” that TREC has stipulated for a minimum inspection.  A TREC inspector has the authority to exceed those expectations, but cannot give less than the standards require.

If you are looking to purchase a new or previously used home, you need someone who is familiar with construction, construction techniques and the TREC standards that are applicable to the construction of the home.  Locate a qualified inspector that possesses all of these skills for the best home inspection.Home Remodeling

TREC Inspections Part 2

When someone is buying a new or previously owned home, their realtor will typically recommend that the potential buyer contact a TREC inspector for a home inspection.  TREC is an acronym meaning the Texas Real Estate Commission. The same organization that licenses your real estate agent, licenses real estate inspectors in Texas.

TREC has created their “Standards of Practice” which is applicable to all licensed inspectors.  They have also determined certain legal and ethical standards for the inspection industry in Texas.

A TREC inspection is essentially a function inspection and a safety inspection.  The function side of the inspection typically makes sense to the average consumer.  Is there hot water at the faucet on the hot water side, is there cold water at the faucet on the cold water side?  Are there leaks under the sinks? Is there power at the receptacles when tested? Etc. An inspector will test these systems in accordance with the TREC standards and will identify deficiencies observed on a particular TREC report form as required by TREC.   The safety side of the inspection can be a little “tricky” for some consumers to understand. TREC has stated that they believe safety is an important issue when the consumer is purchasing the house, that they are not concerned with the fact that the house may be “grandfathered” by code, but want to ensure that the consumer is an informed consumer.  So it does not matter if the house was built in the 1940’s, the 1960’s or is brand new, TREC want to make sure that the inspector is informing the potential buyer about safety issues related to the potential house purchase. Code issues related to smoke detectors, arc-fault protection, Ground fault protection, electrical bonding and other issues have changed through the years.  The current code may require certain safety items installed on a house that were unheard of in the 1960’s. TREC, however, is not requiring these items to be “fixed” or addressed prior to the sale of the house, TREC is wanting to make sure the potential consumer is informed that these safety items or issues exist.

A TREC inspector is bound by the “Standards of Practice” that TREC has stipulated for a minimum inspection. A TREC inspector has the authority to exceed those expectations but cannot give less than the standards require. If purchasing a new or a previously used home, the inspector needs to be familiar with the International Residential Code and the National Electric Code.  Locate a qualified inspector that possesses all of these skills for the best home inspection.

 

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