Inspections & Investigations


The New Oxford American, 2nd edition defines the word inspect this way: To look at (someone or something) closely to assess their condition or to discover any shortcoming. 

This applies to much of what a TREC home inspector does.


Here is how the same dictionary defines the term: investigations: to carry out a systematic or formal inquiry to discover and examine the facts of so as to establish the truth.

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers considers a foundation performance evaluation to be an investigation. In a foundation performance evaluation, the truth searched for are several items:

Is there any visible distress or damage consistent with foundation distortion?

Is the house livable and safe?

Are there any indications of structural integrity issues?

Is there evidence of a continuing problem?

How is the performance as compared to houses the same approximate age, location, and construction? 

Is the foundation a good candidate for foundation repair? If not, why not and if so, why?

Is there other remedial work that could be done to improve future performance?       


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