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In Texas, home inspectors are licensed and regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). TREC has set forth the requirements of a residential home inspection. The standard home inspection will cover almost every system in the home. It covers the following systems:

Structural Systems

Grading and Drainage 
Roof covering
Roof Structure and Attic
Ceilings and Floors

Service Entrance and Panels
Branch Circuits

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
Heating Equipment
Cooling Equipment
Ducts and Vents

Plumbing Systems
Water Supply System and Fixtures
Drains, Wastes, Vents 
Water Heating Equipment

Gas System
Hydrotherapy Equipment
Food Waste Disposal
Range Hood
Microwave Cooking Equipment
Bath Exhaust Fans and/or Heaters
Garage Door Operators
Dryer Vents

Optional Systems

Lawn Sprinklers
Swimming Pools and Equipment
Water Wells
Septic Systems

All of the above systems (with the exception of the Optional systems) are required to be inspected if they are present. NOTE: If a particular item or system is not accessible, it will not be inspected, and will be so noted on the inspection report.

Once the inspector has completed the inspection, he or she will produce a written report which is normally delivered to the client via email. The report will contain information (and most often photos) explaining the inspectors findings.

Here are some things to keep in mind when reading your home inspection report.

  1. Almost every home has some deficiencies, and often, the majority of these deficiencies are minor or related to newer building standards that may not have been in place when the home was built.
  2. It is not uncommon to have ten or more items marked as deficient on a home inspection report – even when the home is in good condition.
  3. Home inspectors do not have x-ray vision, and they cannot predict the future. There are many parts of a home such as under carpet, inside walls, and behind furnishings that cannot be seen or inspected. Although its rare, an item that is functioning today could stop working tomorrow, and your home inspector often has no way of knowing that something is about to stop working.


This article was written by Mike Morgan, owner of Morgan Inspection Services. Morgan Inspection Services has been performing home inspections in the Brownwood, Abilene, and San Angelo areas since 2002. We also perform septic and well system inspections and swimming pool inspections. Contact our Abilene Home Inspector today- Call 325-998-4663 or email at

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