There are some variables to determine first. Who was the inspection company? Are they still in business? (it is my understanding that nearly 50% of the TX inspectors have gone out of business, in the recent 2yr economy),
Are you buying the home, or selling? If you are not the purchaser of the inspection you wish to locate, then you have no legal "right" to the report; the seller of the home (purchaser of the inspection report) may decide to sell it to you, give it to you, or deny access completely.
Things to consider if you do find/access that old report
- the reports I provide clearly state that it is not for distribution; and is only for the use of the initial client
- if this was five yrs ago; there is a lot that has changed with the home over 5 yrs and if you are only interested to save $ by looking over an old report; there will be much you won't find out about the current condition of the home/property.
- You will not save $ by avoiding an inspection (or even by choosing a low cost/cheapest inspector);
- In many cases, a quality report can aid in negotiations for repairs or $ for repairs
- An experienced inspector can provide you with a great deal of important information, for you to review prior to committing to the property at closing.
- what was the license # of the inspector who produced the old report, of which you are interested; that alone can tell you a lot about his/her experience/time in the business
- all Texas inspectors are required to be licensed; some "part-time" inspectors and others will operate without a license; check them out before you hire them
You can always rely on ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) inspectors to be better educated, and we operate at a higher Code of Ethics and take more annual continuing education than is required in TX.
http://www.ashi.org (National ASHI) http://www.ashitexas.org (Texas chapter of ASHI)