Abel Property Inspections

SERVING YOUR HOME

& BUILDING INSPECTION NEEDS IN CENTRAL TEXAS SINCE 2006

TREC Professional Licensed

Certified & Insured

Call us! 512-970-2482

INSPECTION SERVICES 

FARM & RANCH 

  • BARNS & BUILDINGS

  • GRAIN STORAGE & HANDLING

  • FACILITIES

  • WORKSHOPS

  • GENERAL FARMSTEAD

Farms and ranch properties face a unique set of challenges in Texas. Most buildings that are constructed outside of major municipalities or are outside the 100-year flood plain are exempt from building codes. Therefore, many residential and other structures on farms and ranches were built without the oversight of any building code inspections at all, other than what the builder or owner provided.

 

Current or prospective owners of farms and ranches will do well to increase their knowledge about the structures on their property. It is not unknown for builders and subcontractors to take significant shortcuts to cut costs when no governmental authority is inspecting their work.

  • STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

  • MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS 

  • OPTIONAL SYSTEMS

The commercial building inspection covers items, parts, systems, components, and conditions that are present and visible at the time of the inspection concerning the major structural elements (such as the foundation, interior and exterior walls, ceilings, floor, windows, doors, chimneys, fireplaces, roof, gutters, porches, decks, attic, etc.), mechanical systems (such as built-in appliances, cooling systems, heating systems, ducts, vents and flues, plumbing systems, etc.), electrical systems (such as service panels, branch circuits, GFCI protection, etc.), and at the customer's request, optional systems (such as sprinkler systems, septic systems, outbuildings, warehouses, fire control systems, etc.).

 

COMMERCIAL BUILDING

  • HOMES

  • CONDOS 

  • TOWN HOMES

  • APARTMENTS

  • MANUFACTURED HOMES

  • DUPLEXES 

A residential inspection covers items, parts, systems, components and conditions that are present and visible at the time of the inspection concerning the major structural elements (such as the foundation, interior and exterior walls, ceilings, flooring, windows, doors, chimneys, fireplaces, roofing, gutters, porches, decks, garage, attic, etc.), mechanical systems (such as built-in appliances, cooling systems, heating systems, ducts, vents, flues, plumbing systems, etc.

 

Electrical systems (such as service panels, branch circuits, GFCI protection, etc.), plumbing systems (such as toilets, sinks, faucets, drains, garbage disposals, showers, bathtubs, etc.), built-in kitchen appliances (such as refrigerators, stoves, ovens, dishwashers, etc.), and at the customer's request, optional systems (such as lawn sprinkler systems, septic systems, pools, spas, outbuildings, etc.). 

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

SELLER'S PRE-LISTING  

OUTBUILDING

  • DETACHED GARAGES

  • STORAGE BUILDINGS

  • BARNS

  • CABANAS

Many residential sites have buildings that are not attached to the main residential structure. These may be detached garages, storage buildings, barns, cabanas, apartments, etc. According to guidelines published by the Texas Real Estate Commission, an inspection of a residential site will generally not automatically include an inspection of the outbuildings on a property unless the customer specifically requests it.

 

All buildings involved in a transaction should have an inspection because structural and safety issues are as real in an outbuilding as they are in any other building. Outbuildings that have utilities supplied to them are more complex to inspect because of the additional system involved. Inspection of outbuilding systems follows the same process and receives the same system inspection coverage as a residential structure.

  • STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

  • FOUNDATION

  • APPLIANCES 

  • SYSTEMS

Having a property inspected before it is listed provides the seller with the knowledge of issues in advance so that many of these issues may be addressed before a purchase contract is received. Having this knowledge also provides the seller with better information regarding how to accurately describe the property and its condition.

 

Real estate agents generally agree that the fewer surprises there are after a purchase contract is received, the smoother the closing will be. A Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspection is becoming more popular as buyers are becoming more skeptical of issues found during the Buyer’s Inspection and exercising their option rights to terminate the contract.

  • FOUNDATION

  • STRUCTURE

  • SYSTEMS

  • APPLIANCES

New building construction that is (1) located in a municipality, (2) within the 100-year flood plain, or (3) governed by a very proactive Home Owners Association, is typically inspected at several key times during construction. The focus of these inspections is national and local code compliance.

 

Buildings within the 100-year flood plain are primarily inspected to ensure that the foundation is above the benchmark 100-year flood water level. Buildings constructed outside of these areas are covered only by the oversight of the builder. In these cases, a New Construction Phase Inspection is the owner’s best investment to ensure that the building is constructed properly and in compliance with national building codes. 

NEW CONSTRUCTION PHASE

  • SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES

  • DAMPWOOD TERMITES

  • FORMOSAN TERMITES

  • POWDER-POST BEETLES

Wood-destroying insects (WDI) include subterranean termites, damp wood termites, Formosan termites, powder-post beetles, furniture beetles, old house borer beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and others. All of these are a source of concern to all Texas property owners as they do millions of dollars worth of damage to structures each year, most of it almost invisible to the untrained eye.

 

Commonly called the "termite inspection", Abel Property Inspections has selected what we believe to be some of the best trained, experienced and Texas-licensed pest control companies to perform inspections for wood destroying insects. Abel Property Inspections will schedule the WDI inspection to occur at the same time as the building inspection to minimize the inconvenience to the customer.

  • POOL SURFACES

  • TILES

  • COPING

  • SLIDES

  • STEPS

Inspections of pools, spas and hot tubs include inspections of the pool surfaces, tiles, coping, decks, slides, steps, and diving boards. Visual inspections are made of drains, skimmers, valves, filters, gauges, pumps, blowers, motors, and the plumbing system. The electrical power supply and gas supply (if applicable) servicing the equipment and the adjacent area are inspected. Fences, gates, and access doors that lead to the area are also inspected.

 

No equipment is dismantled, uncovered, or excavated, and therefore no subsurface leaks, water table, or defects are reported unless readily observable. Ancillary equipment, such as chlorinators, computer controls, chemical dispensers, etc., are not inspected. Electric and/or gas heaters are inspected if present.

 

  • STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

  • ROOF

  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

  • MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

An 11th Month Warranty Inspection is conducted specifically to benefit new homeowners that have lived in their residence for slightly less than one year. Builders and selected subcontractors typically extend a one year warranty to the first/new homeowner covering many aspects of a new home. This warranty will typically cover structural components (including the roof), electrical systems, mechanical systems (including appliances that were furnished as a part of the home), and possibly other structures such as pools, spas, and even landscaping.

 

Many homeowners forget that their warranty is about to expire, missing the opportunity to have the builder correct defects that they are liable for. Most builders typically do not warn the new homeowner that their warranty period is about to expire.

 

POOL, SPA & HOT TUB

11TH MONTH WARRANTY

WOOD-DESTROYING INSECT

ABOUT US

 

OWNER / PROFESSIONAL INSPECTOR 

TREC #9089

Glenn has more than 25 years of construction inspection experience, starting in 1984 as a construction manager for a major telecommunications fir. After leaving the telecommunication industry in 2005, he worked for a small construction firm in downtown Austin while taking the required course work to obtain the TREC Professional Inspectors License through Kaplan University. Abel Property Inspections was established in June 2006. 

GLENN ABEL

PROFESSIONAL INSPECTOR

TREC #20633

Glenn II has an extensive back ground as a professional handy-man service including repairs, painting, and pool maintenance.  He obtains the highest TREC Professional Level Inspector License. He obtained his training through ABSBI in Salt Lake City, UT and  joined Abel Property Inspections  in August of 2012.

GLENN ABEL II 

INSPECTORS YOU CAN TRUST

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WE SERVICE AS FAR NORTH TO TEMPLE, TEXAS AND AS FAR SOUTH TO NEW  BRAUNFELS

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK

OVER 145 REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS 

Julie Beckmann- Austin, TX

HomeGauge Reviews

"Glenn Abel not only provided a top notch home inspection, he explained and pointed out all areas my builder needed to fix. He went above and beyond, showing me where and how to change my A/C filter, as those instructions were not included in the manual.I would definitely recommend Glenn Able Property Inspections for detailed property inspections whether residential or business. Thank you Glenn!"

"Mr. Abel provided a very through inspection that exceeded my expectations. He discussed the issues with me and pointed out the areas that needed immediate attention. His explanation of how some issues could have impact down the road was also very informative. I will most definitely recommend his service to anyone that is looking for a home inspection." 

- J.T  - Austin, TX

HomeGauge Reviews

Glenn did a tremendous and thorough job. The inspection report we got back was full of descriptions and pictures with red circles around problem areas. The report also explained why some of the problems exist. Reading the report made me think I should get Abel Property Inspections to come inspect my house yearly.

- Louis Salin -Cedar Park,TX

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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR INSPECTION

 

A home inspection on a new or existing home, property, business, or commercial construction will be the single best investment you will ever make. If you are selling or buying a new home and  you’ve entered into the option period, you will need to schedule the home inspection. Many option periods have tight windows, so we recommend scheduling your appointment as soon as possible to provide ample time to review your inspection report and any follow-up items that may be required. A home inspection request can be done online or by phone. We have multiple time slots and will work to accommodate your schedule.

It is important to be as informed as possible when making a big decision such as selling, purchasing or maintaining a home. 
Answers to most common questions,

Why is a Home Inspection Important?

  • Home inspectors work for you! We are an objective third-party, and our job is to provide you with an unbiased understanding of your new purchase.

  • A home inspection will provide you with an in-depth understanding of your home and identify existing deficiencies or safety issues that may exist.

What Happens During The Inspection?

During the home inspection, we will objectively inspect and evaluate the major systems of your home.

  • The home inspection will usually last 2 to 3 hours, depending on the inspection findings. Additional time might be required for older and larger homes. There is no time cut off and our home inspectors will spend the amount of time necessary to properly inspect your home.

  • It is recommended that you and your Realtor be present for the inspection. You are welcome to accompany us on the entire inspection or we can perform a verbal walk-through at the end of the appointment. If you plan to attend for the summary at the end of the inspection, check with your inspector as to suggested arrival times (usually about 1.5 hours after start time).

What Can I Expect After The Home Inspection?

  • There is a lot of information to understand about your home, whether you are buying a new home or a fixer-upper. Our home inspector will guide you through the findings to ensure you have a comfort level about the condition of your purchase.

  • After every inspection, our licensed home inspector will provide you with an emailed report of their findings. The report will provide a detailed explanation of the inspection deficiencies. Photos will be included for reference where appropriate. Reports are completed and emailed same-day!

  • If you are unable to attend the inspection or have additional follow-up questions once you’ve reviewed your report, our home inspector is available via phone or email to help you understand the findings.

  • Your Careful Home Inspection will be extremely valuable for your final negotiations, your personal understanding of your home or as a source of information for future maintenance and upkeep. We look forward to being of service.

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Cedar Park, TX  78613

 

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