Kevin Miles Machen
Professional Inspectors License # 5043
For the average person, the purchase of a home is the largest single investment that they will make in their lifetime. This fact is never forgotten when performing an inspection for a client. DO NOT assume that a cheaper price will save you money just because all inspectors are supposed to perform to the same standards.
This business is like any other…You get what you pay for when hiring an inspector.
Kevin is the inspector and owner of Quality Inspection. His goal as an inspector is to break down the information gathered about the house you intend to buy and explain it to you in a way that the average homebuyer can understand. Kevin prides himself on doing a thorough inspection of all the systems that make up a house. In most categories of the inspection the standards set out by the Texas Real Estate Commission are surpassed by the inspection performed on the property.
When possible, digital pictures are taken and inserted into the report for clarity and examples of the items listed in the report. This along with detailed written text makes the report you will receive among the most detailed and easiest to understand in the industry. With some inspectors you get a hand written check list that is not only hard to understand, but most of the time does not address where the problem may be located on the house being inspected. Unless the buyer is able to ascertain the condition of the property by reading the report, the inspection is useless.
While continuing education is very important and a regular requirement for a licensed inspector, no amount of classroom education can prepare you for some of problems that are encountered on inspections. Practical experience in diagnosing and repairing problems with foundations, exterior walls, plumbing systems/fixtures, roof coverings, HVAC systems, and electrical systems cannot be obtained in a classroom. Kevin has not only supervised the construction of homes and apartment complexes, but has practical hands-on experience in installing all the systems that are used in construction.
The latest diagnostic technology and access to experts in different fields is also very important in diagnosing problems and arriving at the correct conclusion. Kevin has the latest electronic diagnostic tools for correct evaluation of the electrical wiring of the house. If the foundation has visible problems, an electronic level can be used to get a general overview of the amount of deflection present at the time of inspection. After evaluation of the available information, if a licensed engineer in that field needs to be consulted, there is a list of proven professionals that can be referred to the client.
Quality Inspection is proud of the growth of their inspection business in San Antonio and the surroundings areas. Our clients are all obtained on a referral basis, with very little advertising outside of the real estate industry. Our client list includes referrals from the top agents in the city on a regular basis.
Quality Inspection is concerned about the safety of their company, their client, and also anyone who may have referred their services. Our coverage includes the following:
1. $1,000,000.00 in General Liability Insurance (aggregate)
2. $100,000.00 in Errors and Omissions Insurance
All policies are written through the carrier Citadel Insurance Company, 826 East State Road, Suite 100, American Fork, UT 84003.
Standard TREC inspection
Our prices vary according to the size, age, and condition of the home.
Minimum fee for a new construction home (2 years old or newer) under 2000 square feet is $300.00.
Prices on other houses are usually kept to the standard of ten cents per square foot, with additional fees for two story homes, sprinkler systems, additional A/C systems, hot tubs, swimming pools, and storage buildings. Age of the home affects the price as much as size due to amount of code changes and the length of the report needed for explanation on older homes.
Pier and beam foundations are also an extra fee due to the time and extra precautions necessary for this job. Inspection fee for homes with pier and beam foundations is $350.00 minimum. This fee will be applicable even if the crawlspace is not accessible due to clearance, electrical wiring, or other hazards.
Inspection of items that have been repaired as a result of a previous inspection will carry a minimum charge of $150.00 per trip.
Pre-Drywall Inspection: The minimum fee for a pre-drywall inspection (House 2000 square feet or less, single story) is $275.00. Larger homes are priced according to the size and length of the report.
Discounts are given for active duty/retired military, law enforcement, and other first responders. ID will be required at time of discount.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspections (WDI report) are also available from a contractor that performs the pest inspection at the same time as the structural inspection.
Termite inspection fees range from $65.00 to $90.00.
Septic and water well inspections are also available and are priced according to the extent of the inspection requested and other factors that can be determined prior to the inspection taking place.
All septic inspections are performed by licensed wastewater contractors.
Inspection fees for commercial and multi-family property are done on a case by case basis.
If a scheduled inspection is cancelled less than 24 hours before the scheduled start time there will be a $200.00 cancellation fee. There is no charge for cancelling an inspection with more than 24 hours notice.