Certifications acquired through home inspector training from InterNACHI
If you have any questions regarding the home inspection process simply order online and then text us at 916-529-3948 and we will have your home inspector contact you directly to answer any questions you may have. Make it a great day.
We offer premium home inspection services and are here to help you even after you purchase your home.
The 203K consultant services we offer are used by many home owners to do room additions, install a new roof, remodel a kitchen or bathroom, even landscaping. We work closely with licensed contractors and lenders with this special program which is a separate service from the home inspection.
Remember a home inspection is not a home warranty and all buyers are recommended to purchase a home warranty if they are concerned with replacing old water heaters, heating and cooling systems, or other items that are covered on a home warranty. Speak with your real estate agent regarding their recommended home warranty provider.
Ask for a roof inspection and roof certificate on all homes.
In the past home inspectors would climb on the roof of most homes and inspect the roof. This is no longer the case with more experienced and professional home inspection companies. Usually there are local roofing companies that specialize in roof maintenance and roof certification and will perform this service free of charge for home buyers and home owners. Your home inspection will recommend this service which may be ordered online in addition to the home inspection. To the right there is a list of items that should be checked on a typical home before purchase that is addition to a home inspection.
Ask for a separate pool inspection by a professional and not a home inspector.
In the past home inspectors would perform a pool inspection and charge an additional fee only to tell you to “call a pool guy” for cost of repair and further inspection before close of escrow. With the maturing of the home inspection industry most home inspectors will save you time and money by recommending a pool specialist from the beginning. Otherwise you will be paying twice. Unfortunately many home inspectors will “up charge” for a light quality pool inspection without the level of service and experience that a pool inspector will offer. Do you want a home inspector that inspects one or two pools a week or a poor specialist that inspections hundreds of pools a year and knows the cost of repair of items to save you time and money?
All homes should get a sewer line inspection by a specialist before close of escrow. Additionally you should also ask the seller if they have replaced the sewer line or done any repair work on the sewer line. If the heating and cooling system (HVAC ) is over 5 years old it is a good idea to get it serviced or a “tune-up” before close of escrow if you are concerned with maintenance cost or repairs. Usually there are certain items that will be covered in the home warranty. Again purchase a home warranty. A sprinkler inspection is no longer done by our company and we recommend a landscaping professional to adjust the sprinklers as needed once you move in. Generally speaking the condition of the lawn and shrubbery is a good indication of the watering system.
Many customers over the years have asked us “What should I do after I submit a list of repairs to the seller and I am at the final walk through?”
First remember as a buyer you have your due diligence to review all inspections with your real estate professional and to do a final walk through to verify the condition of the property. A home inspection is not a warranty. When you do the final walk through when the sellers belongings have been removed or just the final walk through just before closing if the house has been empty you need to visit the property again with your real estate agent and take pictures of anything that has been damaged or removed from the time of your inspection period: Windows may have been broken, the AC unit removed from the backyard, water left on and an area flooded, wall switches broken when movers moved items out of bedrooms, window screens removed, garage doors broken, sprinklers damaged, sliding glass doors broken, windows inoperable, or flooring damaged and visible after the furniture has been removed.
Use your common sense with smaller items.
However, the list of items mentioned are all items that we have seen damaged after the home inspection has been performed. What should you do at that point? Document the item and let your real estate professional know so they can contact the seller. The home inspection is not a warranty. Contact the seller and let them know so they can make arrangement to fix the items or offer make other appropriate arrangements. Many times the sellers are not aware that Items have been damaged during the moving process or by tenants. All professionals are working together to make the home purchase a good experience, but in the end you are the new owner and should do your own due diligence as your portion of responsibility. Thank you.