Frequently Asked Questions

  • A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of all the systems and physical structural elements of a home.  Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchaser’s buying decision.

  • A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make.  It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy.  That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home.  Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition.  A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property.  If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer’s inspector.  Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a a faster and smoother sale.

  • Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house.  This includes the condition of the home’s heating and air conditioning systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows, and all visible structures.

  • No, you are not required to be there for the inspection.  We highly recommend that you be present.  It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection.  By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you’ll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.

  • The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home.  For most homes, 3 hours is typical.  For larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

  • Absolutely.  A professional inspection of a new home is important.  We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct.  It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished.  As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has take shortcuts or not performed quality work.

  • Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don’t have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional home inspector.  We’ve inspected thousands of homes.  We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home, and how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail.  Beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party.  If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it’s impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment.  The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.  

  • Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses.  No house is going to be perfect.  It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase.  If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal.  Perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms.  In the end the decision rest with you, but knowing about potential problems before you buy gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.

  • No.  The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect.  This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector.  Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home. 

  • Do I need a house inspection when my bank is having the house appraised?  YES!  A house appraisal is an independent evaluation of the current market value of a house or property.  In general, the purpose of an appraisal is to set the current value of a house so that a lender may determine how much it can loan to the buyer.  The appraiser looks at similar properties in the area and the prices at which they were sold to set the value of the house.

    A house inspector conducts a thorough evaluation of the house’s major systems and structural integrity.  Whereas the appraiser is typically working for the bank, the house inspector is working for you.  The house inspector identifies items that need replacement or repair prior to closing, which can save you thousands of dollars.

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires buyers sign a Consumer Notice advising them to get a house inspection in addition to a house appraisal before purchasing a house with a FHA mortgage.  Additionally, HUD now allows home buyers to include the costs of appraisal and inspection in their FHA mortgage.