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The purpose of this site is to provide home inspectors and real estate agents with independent, unbiased information about slab-on-ground foundations.  The information on this site is intended to be used by agents and TREC inspectors for self-learning and, for those who wish, in-house training.

Why real estate agents & TREC inspectors need this site

This web site is a gold mine of information that can make I am reminded almost daily that real estate agents and TREC home inspectors know a great deal about Houston area foundations. Unfortunately, much of what they know is wrong. There are two significant reasons for this: misleading advertisements by foundation repair companies and misleading information by, unfortunately, some Texas Professional Engineers.

A site like this is needed precisely because there is so much information out there that is misleading or flat wrong. Bear in mind that I am not trying to make real estate agents or home inspectors into engineers. That is not possible, desirable, or necessary, but most agents and inspectors would benefit from exposure to basic key issues regarding slab-on-ground foundations.

Here is a list of what you will learn on this site.

      • How slab-on-ground foundations work to protect the house.
      • Why it is virtually impossible for the swelling and shrinking of expansive soils to cause a house structure to collapse.

The top ten questions and objections

      • How slab-on-ground foundations work to protect the house.
      • Why it is virtually impossible for the swelling and shrinking of expansive soils to cause a house structure to collapse.

Here is how I would answer

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Give me ten minutes to show you that time on this site is the most important ten minutes you will spend this week

 

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How to use what you learn to protect yourself, your broker, and your clients from foundation-related misunderstandings.   

The kinds of things you need to understand

Pretty basic stuff: what a slab-on-ground foundation is, how they work, how they (rarely) fail, why they are so common in this area, mistakes that we see home inspectors and agents make every day, mistakes that potentially create unnecessary liability for agents, their brokers, and home inspectors. For a list of all articles, click the articles tab here or on the menu.

The takeaway

If you read the material on this site, I am convinced you can provide a more professional and better service to your clients while making transactions go smoother and incurring less liability.

How to use this site

First, go to the Articles page and click on any article that appeals to you. Agents might want to start with the article titled Three Errors Real Estate Agents Make. Inspectors might want to start with Two Types of Errors TREC Inspectors Make.

Each article is written so you can read and understand it independently of the others, so you can just dive in anywhere your interests take you.

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