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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a home inspection ? :
A standard home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building, much like a physical exam that your doctor may perform on you. However, it should be clearly understood that a home inspection is not to be confused with an appraisal, warranty evaluation, building code inspection, a guarantee of any kind, and/or an insurance policy on the condition of the property.
What is inspected during the process ?
During an inspection, we will review the readily accessible exposed portions of the structure of the home, including the roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, basement and foundation, as well as the heating/air conditioning systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems for potential problems.
Keep in mind that a home inspection is not intended to point out every small problem or invisible/latent defect in a home. Most minor or cosmetic flaws, for example, should be apparent to the client without the aid of a professional.
Why do I need a home inspection ? :
The purpose of a home inspection is to discover major defects within a home. If you are buying a home, our goal is to help you avoid costly surprises down the road. The inspection will also help you make decisions with confidence.
If you are selling your home, an inspection will identify defects and allow you to make repairs. It's better to discover major defects now before a potential buyer has the home inspected ?
How much will it cost ? :
A typical inspection costs $199.00-$500.00. Depending on the size, condition and distance involved.
Why can't I do it myself ?
Technically, yes you could - but you're taking a substantial gamble in doing so. Typically, even the "handiest" homeowner lacks the knowledge, training and experience of a professional home inspector, who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes over the span of a career.
As a trained/certified inspector, I am familiar with the countless elements of home construction, proper component installation, and maintenance. I understand how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how - and why - they fail.
What's more, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may skew their judgment. For the most objective and accurate assessment of any home's condition, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a trained, licensed expert.
Can a house fail inspection ?
Realistically speaking, no. An inspection is merely a thorough examination of the home's current condition. It is neither an appraisal (which determines market value) nor a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not "pass" or "fail" a house, but will accurately and objectively describe its physical condition and indicate potential problems or concerns.
Do you inspect homes in my area ?
We currently serve most of southern California, primarily the Inland Empire. Here is a list of the larger cities we travel to.
Beaumont, Corona, Canyon Lake, Riverside, Temescal Canyon, Woodcrest, Arlington, Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Perris, Sun City, Murrieta, Temecula, San Jacinto, Hemet, Lakeview, Nuevo, Norco, Banning, Eastvale, Quail Valley, Idyllwild, Bloomington, Calimessa, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Colton, Crestline, Diamond Bar, Fontana, Highland, La Verne, Loma Linda, Mentone, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, San Dimas, Upland, Yucaipa.
If your town is not listed, that does not mean we will travel out to you. Give us a call and let us know where you are.
Can I be present during the inspection ?
Absolutely. I highly suggest that clients attend the inspection. This is the best time to ask questions and see the condition of the home first hand. If for any reason you cannot attend the inspection, you can still rest easy knowing that I will provide you with a comprehensive, written report describing the inspection and its findings.
How long does the inspection take and when do I get the report ?
Approximately 2 to 3 hours. The length of the inspection varies on the condition, size, and style of the home. Some clients do not have the time to be present for the entire process. Some prefer to simply be present at the end of the process so we may discuss the findings of the inspection.
I offer various means of receiving a report. Written paper printed (this type will take longer as it will be mailed by US First Class Mail), Flash Drive (extra cost for flash drive and extra time as it will be mailed by US First Class Mail ) or E-mailed within 48 hours of completion (which this is the fastest mode to receive your report).