Who we are

My name is Michael Cothran and am a licensed Professional Inspector (2995) and have been serving homebuyers in Texas since 1991. I realize that you have several choices of Inspection Companies to choose from and I appreciate your visit here.

MLC Real Estate Inspections strives to serve its clients by:

Inspecting above the minimum standards set by the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Preferring to have our clients with us on the inspections Including pictures to highlight and explain the deficiencies that my be found.
Transmitting reports on the evening of the inspection.
Providing suggested maintenance recommendations Independent of any outside influence.
Professional growth thru continuous education, certification and experience.
People are known by the company they keep, look at my affiliations I understand that a home is the largest investment that most people make… and treat each inspection as if it was my own purchase.
I look forward to serving you!

MLC Real Estate Inspections Mission Statement I am an independently owned and operated inspection firm that provides the our clients with information on their proposed purchase so they can make an informed buying decision concerning the condition of the property. My promise is that your inspection will be conducted as if it were my own purchase. You can expect more information than is required so that you understand the ramifications of the conditions of the building.

Mike Cothran

Why Choose Us


Professional Experience

1978-1981 General Homes Houston, Texas Construction Manager
1981-1982 Genex Homes Houston, Texas Project Manager
1982 U.S. Homes Houston, Texas Vice President of Purchasing
1982-1983 Gemcraft Homes Houston, Texas Project Manager
1983-1987 Gemcraft Homes Houston, Texas Division Manager
1987-1989 Mortgagebanque Houston, Texas Vice President and Houston Branch Operations
1989-1991 Gemcraft Homes Houston, Texas Vice President - Houston Operations

September 1990 to present

Since leaving Gemcraft, I established M.L.C. Company, as a Real Estate Service firm primarily engaged in inspection and general contracting services. Licensed in June of 1991 by the State of Texas as a Real Estate Inspector and in March of 1992 gained F.H.A. Code Compliance Inspector status from H.U.D.. As of April 1993 the Company began offering environmental inspection and monitoring services beginning with electret radon monitoring, in compliance with E.P.A. guidelines.

Late 1992 gained a fellowship with the N.C.D.S. (now Construction Arbitration Services) as an arbitrator, mediator and dispute settler. 1993 saw this company move entirely to the inspection business and away from general contracting. This inspector is also an Adjunct Professor at the North Harris County Community College in Inspection. Gained certification as a Farmers Home dministration inspector in 1993. In 1993 this inspector was designated F.H.A. 203K Rehabilitation Consultant.

Testing and certification for the designation of '1 and 2 Family Dwelling Code Inspector' from the Southern Building Code Congress International (C.A.B.O.) was achieved in 1994. Designation as a code compliance inspector, was secured from the following new home warranty companies; H.O.M.E., H.B.W., R.W.C., ACES and B.H.W. in 1995.

This inspector also teaches Inspection and Certification classes for R.E.E.S. approved by The Texas Real Estate Commission and the TPREIA inspectors association. The Certification allows instruction to both inspectors and real estate agents.

In 1996 M.L.C. RE Inspections began providing construction lender and draw inspection services to mortgage lenders and banking institutions. The firm also provides a variety of inspection types and services as described under the 'services offered' section.

Owner Builder Network inspector certification came in 2002. In 2002 the CABO (SBCCI) code certification was converted to the IRC as a Combination Residential Inspector. In 2006 designation, as a 3rd party Inspector, was gained from the Texas Residential Construction Commission. 2007 as a County Fee Inspector and a Code Compliance Inspector. 2008, certification from the National Association of Wastewater Transporters. Certification was gained, in 2009, as a Phase I Inspector from the Post Tensioning Institute.

Mike also provides expert witnessing services for construction related cases.



Qualifications - Designations

Over eighteen years of construction experience and twenty two years of professional management experience. Two years of mortgage lending, three years of general contracting and 10 years of real estate inspection. Total construction and inspection experience is over 26 years. Involved in the construction or inspection of over 15,000 structures in the Houston area. Have directed residential construction and marketing. Direct responsibility included single family, multifamily and commercial structures.



Professional Memberships

Founding Director, President Elect - Texas Professional Real Estate Inspectors Association

Founding Director and Past President - Greater Houston Chapter of TPREIA

Charter Member - Inspectors Council of the Greater Houston Homebuilders Association

Greater Houston Builders Assoc - Inspector's Council Director

GHBA Codes and Standards Committee - member

Founding Director, Past President - Greater Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors

Member - Southern Building Code Council International

Charter Member - Southern Council of Professional Building Inspectors


Mediator - Arbitrator - Dispute Settler

Fellow - National Center for Dispute Settlement


Licensed State of Texas as a Professional Real Estate Inspector

Member - International Code Counc