Home Inspection Services
The following are Home Inspection service that A Closer Look Home Inspections has to offer. Each service is unique and may be ordered individually or with other available services. A minimum charge of $200 is required on all inspection services. Reinspections have additional charges. The Structural / Mechanical inspection report is delivered onsite and/or via email.
- These home inspections are performed on new and preowned homes. They cover the visible structural components of the residence from the foundation to the roof, as well as mechanical systems in the house. These mechanical systems include the electrical system, plumbing system, HVAC (Heating/Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems and appliances that typically stay with the house.
- These are comprehensive visual home inspections using special knowledge and tools to help determine the condition of the property.
- The Structural and Mechanical Home Inspection is based on the size and age of the house because these are the best indicators regarding the amount of time that the Texas Home Inspection takes.
- Additional Charges are applied for Pier and Beam foundation
inspections and additional ancillary systems that may be
included in the Home Inspection. These items include;
- Sprinkler Systems
- Outdoor Swimming pools and spas
- Water Wells
- Septic systems
- Out building and buried gas line inspections
- Elevational Survey to establish a base reference for future foundation movement
These Home Inspection consulting services are specially designed to assist the buyers of new residential homes in getting the best built home possible. There is no such thing as a perfect home, but by providing inspection services at specific stages of construction, you can get a better built, stronger, safer and more energy efficient home.
The New Construction Home Inspection includes all the items in the Structural / Mechanical Home Inspection as well as close inspection of cabinets, fit and finish items around the house and operation of all windows. The inspection also includes select references to the International Residential Code (IRC) and Texas Residential Construction Commission Performance Standards to help resolve any dispute about the need for a repair on a newly constructed house. The foundation and framing inspection reports are delivered via email only. The punch list inspection report is delivered onsite and/or via email.
New Construction home inspection services are available for;
- Foundation prepour
- Framing and
- Punch out inspections before closing on the house
- Elevational Survey to establish a base reference for future foundation movement
These home inspections are designed to determine if there is a water intrusion problem into the structure of the building. EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finishing Systems) and Stucco are built on the wood substrate walls of the residence. If water leaks from termination points in the cladding, then water can be trapped in the wood wall structure and cause wood rot. These inspections use special knowledge and tools to help determine the presence of water intrusion and scope of the problem. The equipment and inspection protocols vary depending on the type of cladding on the building. Each cladding is billed at a different rate because of the time and tools used in the inspection. This survey is delivered via email only.
Infrared Energy Surveys - $299 up to 2500 sqft.
A Closer Look (ACL) Infrared Energy Surveys use interior infrared scanning of your home or business to allow our energy auditors to check the effectiveness of your house insulation and attic insulation in your building's construction. The thermograms that our state of the art equipment generates, help our auditors to determine there are problems with your insulation, through wall conductive surfaces or air infiltration. Your energy auditor then decides which cost effective options are available to improve the energy efficiency at the building envelope level. In North Texas, interior scans are common during the summer months. Exterior scans may yield valuable information if taken during certain season and times of day or night, but the heat loading of the exterior walls over powers the small leaks that can be visible during the summer days.
In addition to using thermography during an energy audit, you should have a scan done before purchasing a new or existing house. Newly constructed houses can have significant thermal defects in their thermal envelopes that can cost thousands of dollars in energy consumption over several years. You may wish to include a clause in the contract requiring a thermographic scan of a house or business before submitting your contract.
Enhanced Infrared Energy Survey - $445 up to 2500 sqft.
The Infrared Energy Survey thermographic scans can be performed in conjunction with a blower door test to increase air infiltrations and make detection of air leaks easier and to a much smaller detail. The blower door is used to slightly depressurize the house. This helps exaggerate air leaking through cracks and gaps in the building energy envelope. That leakage is even more visible with an infrared camera.
The CMC Energy Audit starts with a physical inspection of the property to collect information about the building envelope and major energy consuming products in the house. This information is recorded and then entered into computer software that creates a digital profile of the structure and energy consumption.
That information is then used to determine what upgrades and improvements would generate a quantifiable energy savings in the home or business. The investment in energy savings products will yield a determinable decrease in energy consumption. This energy audit and report will provide a Return on Investment (ROI) measure in years for various options that you have to improve the energy efficiency of your home or business.
Residential Infrared Electrical Scans - $180 baseline scan & $90 for future rescans
Thermograms of electrical systems can detect abnormally hot electrical connections or components within the house. Dallas Infrared Residential Scans cover Electrical panels, Service Entrance Conductors and the Electrical motors in the typical house (HVAC compressor and fan motors, swimming pool motors, refrigerator, freezer, washing machine and dryer) to determine if abnormally high temperatures are detected. This may indicate pending electrical problems and potential component failures.
Energy Conservation package - $ 200
Combining different ACL services can result in pricing advantages and help you better manage your energy consumption. The Energy Conservation package is based on the purchase of the Dallas Infrared Energy Survey (or Enhanced Energy Survey) and the CMC Energy Audit. Both reports are provide in a “Green” digital formats.
The Dallas Infrared Energy Conservation Package includes an ENVI Real Time Energy Monitor, an Energy Provider strategy and an Energy Conservation strategy to help lower your energy cost.
You also get great discounts on additional services and products.
· 50% discount on the Residential Infrared Electrical Scan
· 30% discount on Heat Load monitoring services
· 25% discount on Energy Savings products available at one of our online stores. Our product line includes foil radiant barrier materials, Power Factor Correction equipment and the ENVI Real Time Energy Monitors.
· A quarterly email newsletter with updates on Federal, State and Local energy tax credits and rebates.
Energy Lifestyle Services
ENVI - Real Time Energy Monitor - $129.99
This is an electrical monitoring tool that provides real time data for your energy consumption. Easy to install clamps are placed on the service entrance conductors in your electrical panel that plugs into a wireless transmitter. Your energy consumption is recorded on a base unit that sits in your house, every 6 seconds for up to 7 years. The data is exportable via a network cable to your computer for easy analysis.
ACL Heat Load Monitoring – $150/4 months or $300/year
A Closer Look Inspection Service provides real time temperature and humidity monitors in your house to determine the actual conditions that exist in your house and attic. This data is collected in a small USB probe installed in your house and the data is physically collected every 4 – 6 months. This data will document problem areas or conditions that can adversely affect indoor comfort. Use our monitoring service to record heat and humidity conditions before and after improvements are made to the property.
Commercial Infrared Roof Scan - $450 / 100,000 sqft
Large commercial building such as ware houses, may have very large roofs. Locating roof leaks can be very difficult when you are talking acres of roof surface. Our Dallas Infrared Roof Scans use the properties of the water trapped in the wet insulation to ease the location of problem areas. Thermograms are very useful images when you can detect down to 1/10 of a degree temperature difference.
Commercial Infrared Blockwall Scan -$350 / 100,000 sqft
Commercial block wall construct may have requirements for the cores to be concrete filled to a specified height or specific number of cores per linear foot. Dallas Infrared Blockwall scans is an easy way to determine if these important engineering requirements are met.
Commercial Infrared Mechanical and Electrical Scans – Please call for Bids on services for a one time scan and/or quarterly monitoring
Thermograms of electrical systems can detect abnormally hot electrical connections or components and heat created by excessive friction and pipe blockage in commercial and industrial applications. Dallas Infrared Commercial Scans cover the Electrical motors and Electrical panels to determine if abnormally high temperatures are detected. This may indicate pending electrical component failure or mechanical component failure. A quarterly monitoring service can help provide a risk management plan for schedule maintenance.
Our Infrared services can assist in troubleshooting and preventive maintenance for your plant or facility. You can reduce the risk of fire since electrical and mechanical problems can be found before total failure. Detect early failure in switchgear and electrical risers. Find bad bearings and gear boxes before they fail.
Dallas Building Code Energy Inspections
Water Analysis are taken from well feed properties to determine the quality of the water in the house. This analysis have two levels of analysis and takes about 2 weeks to get a report. The two level of analysis are;
- The basic 73 parameter analysis looks for major pollutants and organic chemicals. This level of analysis meets most FHA, VA and Fannie Mae requirements
- The 93 parameter analysis looks for major pollutants and organic chemicals as well as the top 20 pesticides use in agriculture.
Commercial Property Inspections
A Closer Look Home Inspection Service offers inspection and consulting services for Commercial property. The nature and scope of these inspections can vary greatly from 100% of units down to 35% of units and/or limited systems and structural systems. Each property is unique so please give us a call at 214-244-3118 to establish a unique scope of inspections for your property at 214-244-3118.
Expert Witness and Litigation Inspections
When some problems reach the point that legal action may be the only alternative, a higher level of inspection, research and report writing is necessary.
Home Inspections are performed to different scopes and standards depending on the specifics of that project. A typically Structural / Mechanical inspection that is pursuant to a Real Estate transaction is performed to a standard established by the Texas Real Estate Commission. There are numerous national and professional standards that could be used to inspect different components and systems for improvements in real property. The different scope of the inspection may preclude additional research, testing and expertise that exist at a higher level. Inspections that are disclosed as part of legal proceedings require this higher level of inspection and reporting.
Often the inspection report may lead to Expert Witness services needed for deposition and trial. Each system, component or property will need to be bid on an individual basis.