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'Excellence in'  Home Inspections in:
 Spring, The Woodlands and  the Greater  Houston  Area
Offering optional 'INFRARED'  Thermal Imaging´╗┐
                                                                         CELL: 713-829-7732          
 
 
I am Rodney Sims, owner of REI-Specialist, 
What makes me different is that I began REIS with personal experience in new home construction.  I can look far beyond just the 'exterior shell' of a pretty house.  I  'personally know'  how to build, maintain and inspect a rock-solid house from, the foundation to the tip of the roof, (inside and out).
 
Some Inspectors are 'just inspectors'.   HOWEVER,  read about Me,  My Advanced Certifications,  My Advanced High Tech. Tools,  and My Advanced Methods and you will see what SETS ME APART and makes ME  'THE'....  Real  Estate  Inspection 'SPECIALIST'......
for Spring, The Woodlands and the entire Houston area.
 
Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make.  This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection.  The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the home being inspected. We are determined to perform inspections of the upmost quality, with integrity.  You have a right to be properly informed by a Licensed Professional Inspector about the home that you are considering purchasing.
 
SERVICES MORE OPTIONAL SERVICES BENEFITS for my CLIENTS
  • New Home Inspection
  • Pre-Owned Home Inspection
  • Construction 3-Phased Inspections
  • 1 Year Warranty Inspections
  • Foundation Inspections
  • Stucco Inspection Expert
  • Tile Roof Inspections´╗┐
  • Inside Moisture Testing (as needed)
  • 'INFRARED' Thermal Imaging
  • Sprinkler System Testing
  • 'Customized' Analysis Services
  • Termite Inspections
  • Mold Inspections
 
     The 'One Stop Shop' for ALL
          Your Inspection Needs
 
  • FREE Foundation Analysis with a $800                  Professional Gas Level                                (just like Structural Engineers Use)
  • Reports usually within 24-Hours
  • HIGHEST Quality Reports with Photos,                   Additional Notes and Narratives
  • Weekend Inspections Available
  • 1st Time Home Buyer Friendly
  • FREE Report Consultation


Anytime that you are purchasing a property, we understand that it is a HUGE investment.  Everyone involved needs to know every aspect of the property and we take pride in providing this service.  The majority of our business is from client referrals and we work directly for the client.  Our job is to insure that the client understands every item that may be reported and does not end after the report is completed.  Should you have any questions months down the road, you are encouraged to give us a call and we will do whatever it takes to insure that you are completely comfortable with the property. Specializing in Spring and The Woodlands.

Current & Prior

Professional CERTIFICATIONS

ORGANIZATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS  
  • TREC - Professional Home Inspector
  • BPI - Building Analyst Professional
  • BPI - Energy Auditor
  • BPI - Building Envelope Professional
  • PTI - Post Tension Cable Institute Level-1
  • TRI - Tile Roof Specialist
  • TRI - Tile Roof Installer
  • NACHI - High Experience Rating
  • TPREIA - Advanced TPREIA Inspector
  • ISG - Alarm Inspection Professional
  • NSPF - Pool and Spa Operator
  • NACHI - International Association of                                Certified Home Inspectors
  • TPREIA - Texas Professional Real Estate                         Inspectors Association
  • ICC -     International Code Council
  • TRI -      Tile Roofing Instisute
  • HAR -    Houston Association of Realtors
  • NSPF - National Swimming Pool                                    Foundation

 

 

 

Houston Home Inspection TRI Tile Roofing Institute Certified

 

 

Houston Home Inspector BPI Building Performance Institute Certified

 

 

 

 


   Houston Home Inspector ICC International Code Council Certified
Houston Home Inspector TREC State of Texas Licensed

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Structural, Mechanical, Foundation, Electrical, A/C & Heating Proficient, Stucco Expertise... YOU GET EVERYTHING

I personally perform all inspections.  Many companies are more interested in making quick money by subletting the inspections to less experienced trainee-type inspectors.  Many companies perform multiple inspections per day, each with minimal quality.  I usually perform only one inspection per day because my inspections are more detailed, thorough and comprehensive.  Additionally, some inspectors put together inspection reports in 20-30 minutes but mine almost always take a minimum of 2 hours and as much as 3-6 hours.

Please read my Client Testimonials and Reviews from many of my very satisfied Sprng, The Woodlands, Conroe, Kingwood, Atascocita, Katy, Cypress and other surrounding Houston area clients.  Most of my business comes from repeated referrals from my prior clients.

Don't buy a LEMON.  You wouldn't buy a 'Lemon Car' so be careful not to buy a 'Lemon Home'.  That's why I am here...  To protect you, the consumer, in one is the biggest purchases you will ever make.  We have the tools, knowledge, commitment and confidence that you can put your trust in.  


Houston Home Inspector Certified Residential Inspector

Houston Home Inspector TPREIA Texas Professional Real Estate Association HAR

Look No Further!   CALL  TODAY...       REAL ESTATE INSPECTION SPECIALIST

    CELL:      713-829-7732                         The 'LEADER' in Spring and The Woodlands  Home Inspections

We are here to assist you in making a confident decision about your property. Whether you're buying a new property and want to be sure of what you're getting... or selling a property and want to eliminate possible problems that could delay or lose a sale. Or if you want a certified professional Houston home inspector to inspect and advise you on the condition and maintenance or safety recommendations of your current home, we are here to help...

THE... Trusted Home Inspector for Your Spring and The Woodlands Home Inspection !!!

 
Houston Home Inspector Inspection InterNACHI Certified Houston Home Inspection TPREIA Professional Home Inspector Houston Home Inspection TRI Tile Roofing Institute Certified Houston Home Inspection TRI Tile Roofing Institute Specialist  

 

                                       Your, Certified, Professional Houston Home Inspector.

 
NOTICE TO CONSUMERS AND SERVICE RECIPIENTS:
A recovery fund is available for aggrieved persons through the Texas Real Estate Commission
P.O. Box 12188, Austin, TX 788711-2188
800-250-8732 or 512-459-66544  www.trec.state.tx.usaa
 
Home Inspection / Maintenance Tip for the Month
for Spring and The Woodlands
 
Noise Mitigation
 
Just as excess light can harm our eyes and odors can be noxious, there are plenty of noises in the average home that can create discomfort for occupants. Inspectors may offer their clients suggestions about how to reduce unwanted noise.
 
Why is excess noise an issue for building occupants?  It can lead to:Occupants of houses situated beneath flight paths may find the sound unbearable increased levels of stress; lack of sleep; compromised privacy; hearing loss; and
distraction and reduced worker efficiency in work environments. Where does nuisance sound come from?  Some sources include:
 
transportation noise, such as that from highways, trains and aircraft; 
neighborhood noise, such as that from parties, barking dogs, leaf blowers and other motorized equipment;
interior human activity, such as footsteps, conversations, and sounds from music rooms and home theaters; and
interior mechanical activity, such as water pipes, dishwashers and heaters.
Facts About Sound in Structures
 
Due to its stiffness, wood is a very poor insulator of sound. Concrete houses are significantly quieter than their wooden counterparts. 
The hardest sounds to block are low-frequency sounds, such as the thumping of a stereo bass.
Sounds are measured in decibels (dB) on a logarithmic scale in which a sound increase of 10 dB indicates a tenfold increase in intensity, although the subjective experience of two sounds separated by 10 dB is somewhat less drastic. A 120 dB train would thus be 100 billion times more intense than the quiet rustling of leaves in the distance (10 dB). Constant exposure to sounds of 85 dB or greater can cause permanent hearing damage.
 
 
Loudness of Typical Activities
 
General Principles of Sound Mitigation
 
The following four strategies can be used to reduce the transmission of sound:
 
Add mass.  Increase the mass of the wall or floor by using heavy, dense materials. Very massive, non-rigid materials, such as lead or sand, are ideal, but doubling or tripling the drywall is also helpful.
Absorb sound.  Insert soundproofing material, such as fiberglass batts, into a cavity.
Decouple structural elements. Interrupt the path of vibration by separating framing.
Seal gaps and cracks to prevent sound from leaking.
Specific Strategies for Reducing Sound Transmission in Homes and Commercial Buildings
Add Components
Add soft materials, such as carpets, couches and other soft furniture. Sound will reverberate off of hard surfaces, especially wood floors, walls and desks.
Add soundproof panels. These panels are usually made of foam and resemble an egg crate, but they are available in other materials and configurations as well.
Ducts use ductboard or duct liners made from fiberglass to quiet the noises of fans and moving air. Avoid sharing a duct between two rooms that require sound privacy. Conversations can easily travel through ducts.
Insulate the ductwork’s interior in order to prevent the transmission of HVAC equipment sounds throughout a building.
Windows
Replace single-pane windows with double-pane windows, which achieve better sound-damping. This property is partly due to the superior seals on double-pane windows. Also, the air gap between the panes serves to trap unwanted sound.
Piping
Isolate piping from areas that require privacy, such as bedrooms.
Create air chambers to eliminate the “hammering” noise that is sometimes created when water is turned on or off by isolating piping from framing and drywall.
Use oversized supply and drain pipes to reduce pressure and minimize flow noise.
Insulate all plumbing chase walls.
Replace plastic pipe with cast-iron water lines to substantially reduce plumbing noise. Iron, which is more massive than lightweight piping alternatives, provides superior sound protection against water sloshing through pipes. Pipes may also be sealed with foam as a less effective noise-reduction strategy. 
Quiet Appliances
Where appliances vibrate, provide vibration insulators.A white noise generator, such as this one, can be used to make private conversations unintelligible 
Caulk around fixtures and piping penetrations.
Get a new dishwasher. Many newer dishwashers have quieter motors and offer better sound insulation than older models. Whirlpool, for instance, has a line of “Quiet Partner” dishwashers, which the company claims are quieter than popcorn popping or an electric razor. Jenn-Air also offers a series of quieter dishwashers.
Buy a fountain. Indoor and outdoor fountains and waterfalls have become popular, lending some serenity-inducing elements to home life. These can be used to squelch irritating noises, such as a nearby construction site, or to make private conversations less intelligible.
Buy a white noise generator. Where an extra layer of privacy is required (such as at medical offices), white noise generators may be used. These devices produce a sound composed of a blend of all audible frequencies distributed equally. Nearby conversation and other sounds become less intelligible or even less noticeable. Be sure to not set the volume too high or the white noise generator may itself become a source of nuisance noise.
Suggestions for Clients with Noisy Neighbors
 
Obtain a copy of the noise ordinances in your community from your local police department, city hall or public library. Most jurisdictions have outlined specific criteria explaining the particular hours during which noise may not exceed a certain level. Once you have obtained a copy of the ordinance and determined that your neighbor has violated it, write them a polite, matter-of-fact letter explaining that you will have to call the police if they do not rectify the problem. Include a copy of your city’s noise law and keep a copy of the letter for your own records. At this point, most neighbors will agree to compromise, as noise laws usually impose stiff fines.
 
In summary, there are many ways to reduce the transmission of unwanted sounds throughout a home and commercial building.´╗┐