Intended to provide our clients with an understanding of the conditions of a residential or commercial property for consideration for purchase. This type of inspection considers aspects of the accessible foundation, roof, structure, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and maintenance conditions so that the client can make an informed purchase.
This inspection type typically includes evaluation of the foundation, roof, structure, and maintenance conditions of property inspected; however, the scope of this inspection can be customized and limited to make the best use of time and resources to meet our clients specific needs.
We keep our new construction inspections informative and cost effective offering a Quality of Construction inspection series broken down into inspection of the preparations of foundation construction, framing inspection at top-out stage, and inspection of the finished construction at the final walk through stage. We also offer inspection and consulting services at any stage of construction upon request. Contact our office for more information.
Provides an opinion of the performance and need for repair of a building’s foundation based upon measurements made at the foundation and structure and visual inspection of the structure which provide insights into the foundation performance. Additionally information on maintaining the foundation is provided to the client to assist in improving or maintaining future performance.
Professional Engineering Inspections can provide a range of consulting services upon request. These services include: Legal inspections, development of design and specifications for repair, water entry inspections, roof inspections, phased quality assurance inspections, reserve studies, and evaluations of common properties for home owner associations. If you have special needs not addressed in this section please contact our offices for support.
Check out what our clients are saying
When Edward inspects a house you can tell that he is focused on the task at hand, but he will take the time to stop and answer any questions you have. During our first encounter he quickly identified me as a nutsy-boltsy kind of person and went into more than adequate detail with his explanations. His written reports are easy to interpret and extremely thorough.
Just a note to let you know how greatly your services helped me in getting my builder to do the repairs discovered during your inspection. I consider your service as money very very well spent. There is no way I would have been able to identify the workmanship quality problems you discovered and addressed in your report.
Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know the framing engineers spoke very highly of your report. They complimented the structure and design of the report, in addition to your wording and specificity – a “very professional engineer,” they said.
And for your information, they are correcting a majority of the items you listed on the report, because you were right, and they couldn’t prove otherwise!
Thank you for a job well done! I
Check out this video testimony from Josh.
Andy and I want to thank you for your excellent inspection and let you know how much we enjoyed meeting and working with you. We used your report today and were so glad to have this tool to reference. Having the numbered pictures made pointing out the concerns much easier!
The walk thru went well, and they are in fact fixing many of the problems you discovered. The builder had gone in earlier this week and marked some of the very items you pointed out, and they are planning on addressing/fixing them.
We are so pleased that we had your expertise to point things out, and you do such a professional job.
Thank you again, and we wish you, your business and family all the best.
I am so grateful to Ed for his help lo these many years in his diligence in inspecting so many buildings we have attempted to buy… or have bought. My realtor says he has never met any inspector as thorough and professional and spot-on in assessments as Ed. The roofer has agreed to transfer the lifetime warranty he gave the sellers to me and to repair the roof…and I have the stucco guy ready to start as soon as we close. Our option period is up tomorrow evening, so I am moving forward to buy the house. Ed’s “eagle eye” was invaluable, as always.
If you are looking at this, you’ve most likely now put in an offer for ‘your’ future home and are excited yet cautious if you’ve made the right decision. What if this house has problems and to what extent is it bad is a question that is dogging your mind. Well, you are right. It is an important question and decision and you need to know be rest assured that the investment you intend to make is not a toxic asset. If that is the case, then Edward from Professional Engineering Inspections is the right person you need. He is a rare breed of thorough engineers who is meticulous, diligent, professional, punctual, and honest. We recently experienced his services firsthand less than a week ago when we put an offer for a house. We called up the number of the web page and a very professional ….. <More On Yelp>
I was listing my home for sale and due to my international travel schedule, I made the decision to have my home inspected prior to listing to ensure that I knew upfront of any major repairs needed. This is the 3rd time I have used your firm over the years, and your professionalism continues to surpass my expectations. To my surprise, I received 2 competing contracts within 48 hours of my home going up on the market.
The inspection process and report which I received from Edward at Professional Engineering was more than I could have hoped for. The process was carried out methodically, accurately and in full from beginning to end. I now have concrete evidence of the flaws in installation by the contractors who worked on my house.
I want to thank you again for your very thorough report. My builder said he had never seen one quite like it! He agreed on almost everything on the report including getting the framer back this morning to reinforce framing and yesterday they blew all new insulation in!!!!….
….You were worth every cent we paid on this house!
More reasons to use us
Professional Engineering Inspections uses engineers to perform most of its inspections and consulting services unless you are notified otherwise at the time you schedule. Other inspection companies use state licensed home inspectors.
We bring 30+ years of experience in providing design, consulting, legal investigation, and quality assurance to our building inspection services.
The primary inspector has experience providing inspections and documentation for legal cases as well as testifying in court.
The level of education required to obtain an engineering license is higher than that required to obtain a TREC inspection license. Engineers requires a minimum of approximately 10 years to acquire an engineering license to practice when you consider school and work requirements. State licensed inspectors require only a few years to acquire an inspector’s license.
TREC inspectors often recommend a 3rd party opinion after their initial inspection. Inspections performed by Professional Engineering Inspections will result in an opinion on site and in writing in most cases.
The technical reports provided by Professional Engineering Inspections, Inc are superior to TREC reports and those provided by other companies. We do not provide a “cookbook” quality inspection report.
Our inspections, evaluations, and consulting services and related reports are not bound by a State of Texas mandated report format. As a result Professional Engineering Inspections, Inc. has been providing a level of detail unsurpassed by any TREC licensed inspection company and many engineering contractors. We can tailor your reports to meet your specific needs making them easier to read and understand.
The primary inspector has over 25 years of experience in doing inspections of all types.
The quality of service provided by Professional Engineering Inspections, Inc. is superior to that provided by others in the area. We have a staff available to answer your questions during normal business hours and our engineers or inspectors can normally return your call within a business day.
We find that the average customer of Professional Engineering Inspections, is far superior to other companies customers and as a result we enjoy working with our clients.
Nail holes in a new construction roof system are common. They most commonly occur where scaffolding anchors or toe boards are nailed through the roof system to apply siding at or above the roof. They can be difficult to detect during inspection and are often...
Most of the home foundation construction in the Houston area today is post tensioned slab on grade foundations. This type of foundation is not reinforced with conventional reinforcing steel bar but is reinforced using tendons that compress the concrete in two...
During inspection of older homes in the Houston area it is not uncommon to find Knob and Tube (K&T) wiring. In Houston this type of wiring is typically found in buildings constructed in the 1940s and before. Knob and tube wiring was an early standardization of...
Suction filter dryers are typically installed on air conditioning systems that have had a compressor failure and when observed normally indicate that a compressor was replaced on the system. When a compressor motor fails it can introduce solid particles and acidify...
Flashing issues are common in residential construction. During our framing inspections, we try to identify flashing mistakes or areas where there is concern for performance so that they can be corrected early in the construction process. This is often the best time...
Hurricane Preparedness Hurricane Season is serious business on the Gulf Coast. The hurricanes affect residents from the coastal counties and extending many miles inland, causing severe property damage as the hurricane dissipates moving inland. DO NOT underestimate...
It is that time of year once again. Dry weather and warmer temperatures are upon us. It seems like this time of year just sneaks up on us every year and it is dry before you know it. On the inspections I am performing I am just starting to see the soils showing...
Peter Schkeeper is a friend and colleague of mine. We served together on the board for the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers. He has since retired from the board and has started a new project making informative videos, training, and providing some...
IBHS Building Science IBHS has some pretty interesting building science going on. They do real world testing of building materials for the insurance industry and share their information to the public. https://youtu.be/NkuV_05C6-c From the National Academy of...
Relief Trenches “What is a relief trench?” you ask. A relief trench is a ditch installed from the forming preparations to a drainage area as part of site preparation for construction of a slab on grade foundation to prevent accumulation of water in the forms in the...
The Professional Engineering Inspection Gallery
Quips and Images from the field with short explanations. As a result excuse our errors. Not quite a blog….
This photo is a taped distribution register grill. This was taped for pressure testing of the duct system to determine its leakage rate which should be below 4%. This is accomplished by taping the registers and returns and using a testing blower which will...
Poor tape flashing application is common in residential window installation in new construction. This can result in water entry. In the video water entry was found to be occurring even during framing stage because it rained pretty hard during the inspection....
it’s important to have new construction inspected.
Cracks in brick are commonly caused by differential movement in a buildings foundation but did you know brick can also demonstrate foundation movement in other ways? One less well known indicator is identifying curved brick mortar lines in the brick courses by...
I was inspecting a newly constructed building and found this bullet damage where the bullet can be seen in the roof. I normally find these within the 610 loop and most often on the east side, but his was in a more rural area. See our other article on bullets in...
The worst way to install a replacement window is with screws at the bottom corners that will leak. Unfortunately this is common
These images display some common evidences of foundation distress. There were several bids for repair of this building's foundation by prominent companies. While these evidences appear severe and the house had experienced differential settlement toward the large...
I don't often find brick ties properly installed. They should always be installed so that you pull them up to lay brick not down. This ensure water runs toward the brick, and not toward the building. Good job here.
Some water entry problems may be evident, others can be much more difficult to diagnose. Water entry can result in damage to finishes, structure, and may affect HVAC performance and indoor air quality. Identifying potential water entry problems and diagnosing known...
We have been providing professional, high quality engineering services for nearly 30 years. Over that time we have developed repeatable reporting methodologies, report delivery, and deliverable clarity surpassing most other engineering firms. Our quality inspection and reporting services will assist you in making informed decisions. Our reports are well written and easy to understand.
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