Licensed Home Inspector Keith Boggs

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Whether Buying or Building, Home Inspections Matter

Whether Buying or Building, Home Inspections Matter

Did you know that DFW is the top new home market in the country, with 33,234 homes started in 2017? 4th quarter construction starts were up 16.9% over 2016, and builders report stronger than expected sales at the end of 2017, indicating 2018 could be a banner year for new home construction as well.

And it’s not just new homes that are hot. The numbers of new listings, pending sales, and closings have also increased consistently over the last few years. DFW continues to have one of the top 20 hottest housing markets in the nation.

This isn’t surprising, given the fact that Texas keeps welcoming new businesses, like Toyota, Liberty Mutual, and State Farm, which bring new residents! Quality of life, cost of living, good schools, and tax incentives make DFW a great place to live right now.

But there’s a downside to this good news…

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A Hot Dallas Housing Market Means Home Inspections are Essential!

A Hot Dallas Housing Market Means Home Inspections are Essential!

Our housing market is booming with big names like Toyota, Huawei, Samsung, Kubota, McKesson, and Hilti setting up shop in the area, bringing thousands of jobs and transplanting thousands of people to fill them. And this means lots of new houses are being built. In fact, the latest census data shows that the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan statistical area issued more than 34,000 single-family housing permits last year — up about 17% from 2016.

This is one reason why reliable, thorough home inspections on newly-constructed houses have become more important than ever!

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Why You Should Inspect Your Newly-Constructed Home More Than Once

Why You Should Inspect Your Newly-Constructed Home More Than Once

If you’re building a new home in the DFW metropolitan area, here’s something important to consider: Our housing market is on fire! The latest census data shows that the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan statistical area issued more than 34,000 housing permits in 2017 — second in the nation only to Houston. This is also important to understand if you built a new home nearly a year ago because your one-year builder’s warranty is about to expire.

Here’s an important reason you should take note: High housing demand in the Dallas area puts builders under pressure to deliver fast. It also means that city inspectors, contractors, subcontractors, and construction pros are under pressure to meet their deadlines. Haste makes waste, which is why you should engage a reliable, experienced home inspector twice— once before you take the keys and again two to three months before your one-year builder warranty expires. Continue Reading

5 Good Reasons to Have Your Home Inspected Every Year

5 Good Reasons to Have Your Home Inspected Every Year

When you buy or sell a home, it’s a given that you will have a home inspection — but have you thought about having your current home inspected outside of the buying or selling process?

We’ve lived in our home for twelve years, and I can’t tell you how many times my experience as a Dallas home inspector has helped us keep minor issues from becoming major over that time.

How long have you lived in your home? What problems may be lurking? It’s time to schedule an inspection. Continue Reading

Make Sure Your Home Inspection Isn’t Botched

Make Sure Your Home Inspection Isn’t Botched

We were watching Botched the other night – a TV show about a couple of plastic surgeons who fix procedures that other people have messed up. Usually, those who botch the surgeries are not ethical, licensed plastic surgeons. Often, they’re not even doctors. Yet people allow them to perform invasive procedures on their bodies at the risk of disfigurement or even death. Continue Reading

What Does A Home Inspection Cover & How Long Will It Take?

What Does A Home Inspection Cover & How Long Will It Take?

Home inspectors will report on many different areas.

Mechanical and structural components will be evaluated from top to bottom. These areas will include the roof cover/ roof structure, foundation/ drainage, exterior walls, windows, doors, chimney stack, patios, decks, driveways, walkway, attics, electrical panel boxes/ branch outlets, cooling systems, heating systems, bedrooms, bathrooms, locks, latches and much more. Continue Reading

Why Selecting the Right Home Inspector is Critical

Why Selecting the Right Home Inspector is Critical

Home inspections are important and can save you thousands of dollars in potential costly repairs, so selecting the right home inspector is critical.

Once you have a signed contract you need to identify a home inspector ASAP, as the option period clock starts ticking.

In the Dallas area, home inspectors face their own unique challenges that require knowledge specific to the North Texas region. A home inspector must be familiar with certain issues including: Continue Reading

Why You Need A Home Inspector When Purchasing A Home

Why You Need A Home Inspector When Purchasing A Home

What a qualified home inspector does for a home buyer and why you need one in your corner when purchasing a home

When purchasing a home there are so many things to be concerned about. Especially for first-time homebuyers this experience can be a crash course in which you are force fed information at a brain numbing rate. And while dealing with all of this, you must keep a vigilant eye on your best interest. Continue Reading

How to Prepare for a Home Inspection in Dallas – Fort Worth

How to Prepare for a Home Inspection in Dallas – Fort Worth

One of the final steps in the process of selling your home involves a home inspection.

Typically, if you have reached this stage you have already received an offer from a buyer and there are just a few details to iron out. Pay attention to the details, and the sale of the home will be closed without unnecessary delays.

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Home Inspections: Not Just for Buying or Selling

Home Inspections: Not Just for Buying or Selling

Generally homeowners obtain home inspections only when buying or selling, but they can be valuable and save you money in more ways than one.

Find out how in this article…

When a home is changing hands is the most common time to have a home inspected. Once the new house is all yours, hopefully you took advantage of a 1 year Home Warranty which covers key components of your investment for the initial year you own the house. There are many levels of warranties offered, depending on what you would like to be included, and how much you want to spend. The basic 1 year warranty will help pay for the repair or replacement of the following: Continue Reading

Home Inspection Myths

Home Inspection Myths

In this article, Keith Boggs, a licensed home inspector in Dallas, TX, explains common home inspection myths and misconceptions.

Myth # 1: All home components are inspected.
Inspectors are limited visually. Home inspection is not a “CSI type” of inspection. Home inspectors do not dismantle major systems in order to inspect them. Home inspectors will remove panel covers and access covers but an inspector will not use destructive means in order to inspect an item. Home inspectors can not see through walls or under a slab (if we could we would be called Superman, not inspectors). Thousands of materials and components are used when building a home. While at the home the inspector will focus on the essentials and high risk areas. Continue Reading