Accessibility Standards in Texas
Make sure your building meets the Texas standards for accessibility with our comprehensive and thorough accessibility inspections. The fully licensed staff at Rinehart Real Estate Inspection Service are experts who have worked with architects, engineers, and building owners alike for over 19 years in the local community. We will assess your property and make sure it meets the accessibility guidelines of the longhorn state.
Our experience and attention to detail set us apart as the smart choice for bringing your property up to code. Make sure all of your guests feel welcome and comfortable in your building with our detailed reports on your accessibility. We'll give you expert advice on recommendations for improvements so you can provide the best experience to all those on your property.
Contact us today at (254) 690-1186 to learn more about our service and get a free estimate today.
Texas Accessibility Law
As of March 15, 2012, the 2102 Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS), will be enforced in TX. This document contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to sites, facilities, buildings, and elements by individuals with disabilities. The requirements are to be applied during the design, construction, additions to, and alteration of sites, facilities, buildings, and elements to the extent required by regulations issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation under the authority of Texas Government Code, Chapter 469. These standards are intended to be consistent to those contained in the 2010 Standards of Accessible Design.
A Registered Accessibility Specialist is a professional licensed with a state of the United States to determine if a part of the built environment (building, park, sidewalk, parking lot) is compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act and state laws. An RAS reviews construction documents to determine accessible design and inspects finished buildings to verify accessible construction.
Currently, Texas contains the most stringent accessibility laws. The Texas Accessibility Standards go above and beyond (in some cases) the expectations of the ADA. The TDLR (Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation), for example, requires that all commercial construction projects in excess of US$50,000 submit to an RAS for verification of compliance.
Get Your Building Up to Code with Our Exhaustive Inspections
To a person inexperienced in property law, it could be challenging to know if your building meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). And the specific details of Texas Accessibility Standards can be difficult to interpret by even the trained eye. That's why we are happy to have a staff that is highly educated and knowledgeable on these guidelines.
With over 80,000 completed inspections, we have the experience and the keen eye needed to locate any violations on your property and give you the information you need to make the necessary changes.
Our extensive knowledge and state-of-the-art technology put us a step above the rest in providing reliable and authoritative inspections.So when you choose us, you can rest assured that you'll have the most comprehensive evaluation throughout Texas.
Our company provides comprehensive accessibility services, including:
- Consulting services
- Plan review services
- Inspection services
What's more, we are fully trained and experienced in assessing all types of buildings according to TDLR and TAS mandates. Over the years, we've inspected buildings such as:
- Recreational facilities
- And more
If you have any questions about the scope of our service list, don't hesitate to give our staff a call.
Comprehensive Accessibility Checks
To ensure that your property meets ADA accessibility requirements and Texas Accessibility Standards involves much more than just checking for ramps outside your building. At Rinehart Real Estate Inspection Service, we make sure to perform a full survey of your property and confirm that everything is up to code. Many property owners are unaware of just how strict TAS and ADA specifications can be, which is why it always helps to have a knowledgeable property inspector check it out from time to time.
With this in mind, we would like to go over some of the things on our accessibility inspection checklist that could lead to your building falling short of these standards.
First and foremost, your building layout should be designed in a way that accommodates your visitors and allows for easy access. This includes things such as your floor surfaces, changes in your floor levels, having adequate turning space and toe clearance, having clear floor space, and more.
It is also paramount to ensure that your visitors have an easy way to get to your building. This stage is most likely the first thing that comes to mind when you think of accessibility features and includes things such as ramps, walkways, elevators, doors, and more. If you believe that someone with a disability might have a hard time reaching the entrance of your facility, then it might be time to give us a call.
General Site and Building Elements
This section goes hand in hand with creating accessible routes and is essential to making sure that your property has safe and accommodating features. For instance, we will inspect your property to ensure there is adequate parking space and that all stairs and handrails are up to code.
Plumbing Elements and Facilities
Having a properly working plumbing system is also an important factor in meeting accessibility requirements. We will inspect all your toilets, sinks, drinking fountains, and other fixtures to ensure they are easily accessible and in proper working order.
Communication Elements and Features
Another aspect of your property that is covered under Texas Accessibility Standards is proper communication to your visitors. This includes things such as telephones, fire alarms, proper signage, ATM machines, and more.
We have only touched upon some of the most prominent aspects of our property inspections, and, in fact, there are many other areas of your property that could be subject to these guidelines. If you have a unique or specialized property, we encourage you to get in touch with us to learn more about what you should be mindful of.
Property Inspectors with Experience You Can Trust
With over 80,000 inspections under our belts, it's safe to say we know a thing or two about safety. We take pride in our thorough and informed assessments, and we have a solid track record of successful jobs. When we are on the job, you can breathe easy knowing you will receive all the information you need to keep your building up to state standards.
Free Estimates on Our Professional Accessibility Inspections
When was the last time your building was inspected for accessible design? If it has been a while, there is a chance that you no longer meet the updated guidelines for accessibility in Texas. If you think this might be the case, contact our certified team today for a free estimate on our accurate inspections. We provide competitive rates on our meticulous surveying service, so you can always count on us to bring you up to code at a price that won't break the bank.
For full pricing details, don't hesitate to drop our team a line.
Fully Licensed and Certified Inspectors
If you need a real estate inspection, you need a company with the proper credentials and history of providing accurate and dependable reports. All of our staff is highly educated and fully licensed in the state of Texas. Our qualifications mean you can have faith in our ability to provide you with the information you need to make your building compliant to all accessibility guidelines.
With over 85 years of inspection experience to our names, we'll bring an unparalleled level of insight into your property inspection. Click to read more about our employee biographies.
Fast and Friendly Real Estate Inspection
We don't just provide the most detailed and thorough accessibility inspections around — we do so with the utmost commitment to customer satisfaction. We provide prompt service and quick turnarounds, so you can start working on any necessary renovations as soon as possible.
For small homes, we typically require 3-4 hours to conduct a full inspection. Large buildings may take longer than this. Usually, our professionals deliver their reports for small projects the same day, and for larger projects within 48-72 hours.
Our staff is also professional and attentive. All of our agents will happily address your questions and concerns, giving you the peace of mind of knowing all the details of your building's accessibility status. Our reports are meticulous and detailed - we even include photographic evidence of problem areas for added clarity to our findings. However, if anything remains unclear, we'll gladly go over the details of the report with you. Thanks to our in-depth understanding of TDLR's procedures, we can assist you with your next steps too.
Failed TDLR Inspections
There are additional steps that need to be taken if your property fails the TDLR inspection. Rest assured, our professionals are at your service to walk you through your next steps. If a building is not compliant with state rules and regulations, a response form will need to be completed and submitted. You will have a 270-day window to correct the highlighted violations.
With our team by your side, we'll get your building up to date and up to code before any corrective actions are taken.
Accessibility Consultation Services
As seasoned professionals in TDLR accessibility regulations, our company provides more than just inspection services - we're pleased to offer consultation services as well. If you would like professional assistance for the planning phase of a new construction project, consider us your go-to team. We will work collaboratively with you to ensure that when your building is complete, it will pass all the inspection criteria with flying colors.
Personable Property Inspectors
Beyond our 85 years of combined industry experience, we believe that our company has become the trusted name in accessibility inspections thanks to one thing: our five-star customer service. We are an inspection company at the cutting edge of the industry, yet we like to do things the old-fashioned way - with personable service and a smile.
You can depend on our professional inspectors to explain everything you need to know during the inspection process. From start to finish, we'll make complex terminology and confusing fine print easy to understand.
When you partner with us, you can always expect:
- Prompt, friendly service
- Flexible scheduling options
- Competitive pricing
- In-depth inspection reports
- Licensed, experienced professionals
- Fast turnaround times
- Comprehensive assistance and support
Knowledgeable Accessibility Inspectors
Accessibility is everyone's responsibility. It's part of living in a fair and equal society. Not to mention the fact that being more inclusive can actually improve your conversions overall. That's why we do our best to make inspections easy on organizations and business owners. We believe that everyone should have a fair chance to access the services they need, and our job is to help make that a reality.
Every inspector at Rinehart Real Estate Inspection Service is friendly, professional, and polite. We are happy to answer all your questions. Our clients are often impressed by the knowledge of both current and out-dated accessibility regulations in Texas. We're like walking libraries—so you might as well take advantage.
Gain the peace of mind that comes with compliance and the power of understanding your own customers!
Accessibility Inspections for Real Estate Buyers
Before you put any money down on a property, be sure to have it thoroughly inspected first. And while most people follow this rule to avoid building code violations, they often forget that accessibility is just as important. If you are purchasing real estate for a business or a public-facing organization, it's essential that you understand exactly where the property stands on accessibility.
We provide thorough and comprehensive inspections for a wide range of properties. The length of time required to perform the inspection varies based on the size of the space and its intended usage. We will give you a quote over the phone when you call.
Insurance and Accessibility Inspections
If you want to get your property insured, an inspection is one of the first steps. Make sure that your property checks all the boxes—especially accessibility—before the insurance company performs its own inspection. With our help, you'll be prepared with the knowledge you need to make your property compliant with current building code and accessibility regulations.
Don't risk losing your insurance. Call us now to book an appointment. Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, fast, and helpful. We'll give you all the information you need to make your property compliant.
Comprehensive Inspection Reports
Our goal is to give you all the information you need to make educated decisions about your home or business. To do this, we will create a clear and detailed inspection report. This report will outline all the findings of our inspection. It will be presented in a readable form that you will be able to understand.
In the report, we will also offer suggestions for improving the accessibility of your property. If you have any questions about the report, please do not hesitate to ask us. As mentioned above, our inspectors are very open and respectful. They will be happy to answer your questions and help you understand your property in terms of accessibility compliance.
While we strive to make our reports as clear as possible, the laws regarding compliance can be overly complicated. We will help put it all into context for you. Call us now to book an inspection!
Easy to Schedule Building Inspections
We work hard to deliver our clients trustworthy accessibility audits and provide our services in the most convenient way possible. When you are wrapping up a construction project and need to make sure it meets the Texas Accessibility Code, our team will be happy to schedule an audit at the nearest possible time that fits your schedule. Once the construction portion of your job is finished, all you have to do is reach out to us over the phone or through the contact form on our website, and we will get back to you with a time and date.
Ensure Your Renovations Are ADA Compliant
Many people believe that accessibility standard inspections are only required for new building projects, but they are also important for renovations. If you are making any structural changes to your property, Rinehart Real Estate Inspection Service is here to make sure it is up to code. Our team can expertly locate any potential infractions with your building, so you can count on us to help ensure that you meet all Texas ADA standards.
Accessibility Inspections for Commercial Properties
Depending on the type of property you own, different accessibility guidelines will apply to you. Fortunately, our inspectors are well versed in the fine details of Texas accessibility laws and will be able to tell you if there are any issues with your building.
Our compressive knowledge of ADA standards makes us a dependable resource if your property contains any of the following aspects or specifications:
- Kitchens or dining areas
- Medical care facilities
- Parking spaces
- Dressing rooms
- Amusement rides and recreational facilities
- Swimming pools
- Drinking fountains
- And more
If you have any questions about the requirements that your building should meet, don't hesitate to reach out to us for more information and an in-depth inspection.
Properly Documenting Your Building Inspection
Ensuring that your property meets all local regulations requires more than just a passing inspection—it is important that you properly file and submit the required documentation as well. Although it can sometimes be unclear what type of information you need to submit, our team will be happy to guide you through it. Our broad knowledge and experience in the industry mean that you can always feel confident in the information provided by us and that no stages of the process will be overlooed.
Consistency in Accessibility Audits
One of the things that should help you breathe easy when you hire us for an accessibility inspection is our solid history of success. We go above and beyond to ensure that every property is carefully examined and that we provide a trustworthy inspection report. With an impressive record of passing inspections, when we say your building is up to code, you can rest assured that it actually is. Avoid issues down the line by hiring an inspection team that you can trust will give you the information you need.
Contact Us Today for an Accessible and Safe Property
With all of the building regulations in Texas, it can be hard to keep track of whether your property is in compliance. Rest assured, the team of licensed and qualified agents at Rinehart Real Estate Inspection Service are here to survey your entire building to make sure it is up to Texas Accessibility Standards.
Call us today at (254) 690-1186 to get a free estimate and book an inspection. We look forward to hearing from you.