Arlington Texas Home Inspections


David Padgett is a home inspector with 30 years of experience covering the Arlington, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas area.  He has performed over 10,000 home inspections since 1985.  This Arlington Texas Home Inspections website is always being updated to help you understand what kinds of things you should be looking for when you buy or sell a house.  David has seen just about everything that you can imagine when it comes to houses.  With his extensive background, it isn’t often that he comes across something that he hasn’t seen in the past. Call 817-269-4419 to schedule your home inspection.

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David Padgett

T.R.E.C. Professional Inspector License #58

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Are you wondering if you can afford to move to Texas?  Here’s a quick

Cost of Living Calculator to help you decide.

Soil shrinkage.

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Ever wonder how much the soil in Texas can shrink without water? Take a look at  this separated plastic pipe and the broken PVC next to it. Not to mention the huge gap between the foundation and the soil that is supposed to hold it up. Click on the photo for a closer view.

Posted by Dave Padgett at 11:44 PM (Photos and other content are the property of the Arlington Texas Home Inspections web site.)

Rodents in the attic?

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Someone has their lines crossed. A water line and 2 electrical lines draped across a gas pipe.  Any one of three things can happen here and none of them is good. A gas leak, a fire (or both) and a water leak. Secondly, your home inspector doesn’t have to see rodent droppings to know that rodents have shared the home with humans. If the inspector tells you there are four-legged furry little critters also living there, believe him.

Posted by Dave Padgett at 10:19 PM

Gas heating does not always save money….


……especially when you have to replace it. This gas heating unit is worn out. It should have been replaced years ago. The scorching isn’t normal [you probably guessed that much]. Having flames lapping the sides of this fire-trap is frightening enough in itself but I once found a unit just like it in a church day care center in Arlington.

For the sake of a tree?

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How many times do you walk past this tree and say: I have to do something with this someday. When is someday? With all the cracks in the ceilings and walls, how on earth would you ever know if your foundation was moving? The cost of cutting down this beast has never been more expensive but it will never be cheaper than today. How did this happen? There is no logical explanation.

Posted by Dave Padgett at 7:33 PM

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Moving soon? Here is an interesting link if would like to compare two cities.

A Personal Observation:

I am privileged to perform home inspections in a metropolitan area where I can see so many beautiful houses and meet so many interesting people. Everyone knows Texas is a great place to live and has a lot of beautiful houses, but Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Wise and Johnson Counties have some of the most affordable homes in the country.

Like most home inspectors, I’m all over the map. Locally I have gone as far as Lucas, Texas but I mostly cover Tarrant County.

Investors have known for a long time that this area is one of the most economical areas of the country in which to own property.

Remembering 2006: Year of Coastal Hurricanes

Two-thousand six was not a great year for people living on the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida. That year I met a lot of Katrina victims and many who were devastated by Hurricane Rita the summer before. Some were completely homeless with heart-wrenching stories. They came to Texas for help. Some folks just wanted a change of scenery and sunny weather after the hurricanes and many of them decided to stay in Texas. Some had insurance or their own money and resources and others needed government help.  There were a lot of generous Texans who took them in and helped them through private charities and churches.

My Clients

Like real estate agents, home inspectors get to meet a variety of clients; buyers, sellers and their families and friends. We meet appraisers, surveyors, insurance agents, repairmen and decorators. I have performed home inspections for home builders, pool builders, plumbers, doctors and nurses. I have worked on behalf of lottery winners, college students, young married couples, airmen, soldiers and sailors.  I met a legendary INDY 500 race car driver and his gracious wife.

I’ve been hired to inspect homes for current baseball players, former baseball players, TV anchormen, radio newscasters, program directors and college professors. I’ve met teachers, coaches, principals and bus drivers, corporate CEO’s, baseball GM’s, engineers and lawyers.  I had the pleasure to perform a home inspection for a legendary singer from the 40’s and the privilege and honor to meet and inspect a home for a WWII hero and former member of the Tuskegee Airmen. I am extremely grateful for those experiences.

I have been hired by people buying homes so that their elderly parents could be near them. Church members helping local flood victims until they can get back on their feet. Parents buying homes for their struggling daughters and sons to help them get through a nasty divorce or a death in the family. A lot of generous Texans live here.

It is good to be an American and it is especially good to live in Texas.

Email me at:     dave@arlingtonpropertyservices.com

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