A home inspection is a professional, objective, visual examination of the condition of a home. In most cases, home inspections are performed after a sales contract, conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection, has been accepted by the seller. The inspection can usually be arranged immediately to within a few days.
Some of the laws governing home inspections in Texas are surprisingly vague, so you need to be sure you’re trusting your inspection to licensed, experienced professionals. At 1st Choice Inspection Services, you can be sure our team members are highly trained, licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission, and experienced at inspecting homes in Fort Worth and all across the DFW area.
The City of Fort Worth
Fort Worth is a city of about 875,000 residents located 32 miles west of Dallas. Since its humble beginning as an army outpost along the Chisholm Trail, the city has experienced steady growth since 1880. It is now the 5th largest city in Texas, spanning three different counties over 350 square miles. It is also the seat of Tarrant County and the western half of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The residents of Fort Worth are proud of its untamed Western heritage. The city is known as “Cowtown” and still has daily cattle drives that are open to the public. The historic Fort Worth Stockyards host rodeos and livestock events, and the city is home to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Despite its identity as “Where the West Begins”, Fort Worth is also a hub of modern culture and education in North Texas. Texas Christian University (TCU), Texas Wesleyan University, and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary are all located in Fort Worth, as well as branches of the University of Texas, the University of North Texas, and the Tarrant County College system. The Kimball Art Museum, Bass Performance Hall and Fort Worth Zoo are just a few of the cultural attractions in Fort Worth.
Home Inspections in Fort Worth
The number of single-family homes built in Fort Worth has increased every year for the past decade. In 2014, there were 3,121 building permits granted at an average building cost of $172,600 per home. In 2017, the City of Fort Worth processed more than 13,000 building permits. The boom in construction has caused an increased demand for property inspections.
Home inspections are not appraisals and do not determine a house’s value. Neither are they municipal inspections; they do not determine whether a home is up to code. Instead, they are carried out by an impartial and licensed expert who reports their findings after carefully examining the house.
The biggest issue concerning Fort Worth homes is the condition of the foundation. This region of North Texas is rich in clay soil. During times of flash flooding or drought, the clay soil expands or contracts, and the foundation built on top of it expands and contracts as well. This leads to cracks in the foundation and can potentially lead to larger foundation problems down the road.
Some signs of a shifting foundation include stair step cracks on exterior walls; windows or doors that stick or that can’t be closed all the way; and nails popping out of sheetrock. If your home is showing these signs, call 1st Choice Inspection Services today! Our licensed home inspectors will point out every problem that could be a cause for concern so that you know which repairs need to be made.
Why 1st Choice is Your Best Choice in Fort Worth
We believe a home inspector’s first job is to educate their client. The goal of the inspector is to provide the purchaser with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home so that the buyer can make a well-informed decision. After the inspection is completed, we provide a written report documenting the results of the inspection, along with an estimate of repair costs.
We take all the guesswork out of home inspections with our years of experience, multiple certifications, and exemplary customer service. Look at the reviews we’ve received from happy customers over the years. You can become one by giving 1st Choice Inspection Services a phone call today! We look forward to serving you.