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How to do a Thirty Minute Inspection - Presented By Forward Assist Inspectors

Big State Home Buyers, LLC

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)

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 30 Minute Inspections – What Most Investors Miss

In this workshop, attendees will learn from a seasoned home inspector, Kevin Smith, a thirty minute process for assessing properties in detail. 


As you drive up

  • Cracks in the streets?
  • Ridge line crooked or dipping?
  • Do you hear a gunfight in progress?
  • Is this an undesirable neighborhood for some reason?
  • What’s the house look like?
  • Is it the worst looking house in the neighborhood?

Out of the car

  • Flashlight
  • Screwdriver
  • Camera
  • Paper and pencil
  • Right shoes, clothes and water

What you’re really doing

  • Scope and budget
  • Write it down as you see it
  • One feature at a time

And now

  • Neighbors
  • Dogs
  • Park out front
  • Situational awareness


  • Slab on grade or pier and beam
  • Cracks – slab - openings
  • Crawl spaces access – smell it
  • Kansas (Rolling hill) floors
  • Is the slab performing the function for which it was intended?
  • Separation and differential settlement

Roof and attic

  • Remember to look for old wood shingles under composition
  • Wood, or other material
  • What condition is the roof in: shingles, valleys, ridges?

Roof penetrations: where the leaks are

  • Cupped or worn corners
  • Chicken feathers
  • Fascia and soffit condition


  • Run it if you can
    • o   Furnace - heat exchanger – rust – gas only

-       draft diverter and roof penetration – smoke stains

  • o   Evaporator coil - overflow pan – rust
  • o   Sheetrock repairs below – no proper maintenance
  • Adding where there was none before – gas - electrical

Gas Meter- is it there – pressure test


  • Old Service panels – when Thomas Edison was a boy
  • Multiple panels
  • Two wire outlets - three wire outlets
  • Copper or aluminum wire


  • Just how old is this house
  • Pier and beam has special problems – movement - exposure
    • o   Evidence of leaks under sinks and in tub access
    • o   Toilets fastened securely
    • o   Evidence of shower pan leak – pull up the carpet
    • o   Do all drains work – exercise them – slabs can crack drains

Water heater

  • Leaks or corrosion at fittings
  • Flame roll out
  • T&P valve has the date usually
  • 18" high in the garage or any room opening on to the garage

Exterior walls and openings

  • brick or wood repairs
  • plumb and square
  • rotten
  • termites
  • Doors - repair or replace
  • Windows - condition, glazing, rot, need paint or repair
  • Screens - are they there?
  • Garage door - garage door opener working
  • Burglar bars and the FHA


  • In need of repair or paint – solid members



Kevin Smith

P.O. Box 540103

Houston, Texas 77254



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When & Where

Big State Home Buyers, LLC
2500 E T C Jester Blvd. Suite 515
Houston, TX 77008

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)

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Big State Home Buyers, LLC

Big State Home Buyers buys houses in Houston fast! We work with investors who buy houses to rehab, rent, or resell. No matter the condition of your house, or your situation, there are cash buyers who are interested in your property.

We are sensitive to your need to move quickly and to sell in "as-is" condition! That is why we network with multiple investors and are able to provide a cash offer to you within just 24 hours!

Call us at 713-909-4119 to find out how Big State Home Buyers can help.

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