Our inspections are conducted in accordance with ASHI and CREIA standards of practice. Reports are delivered in an unbiased and impartial manner and the inspector has no incentive for financial gain based on findings. We follow a strict code of ethics set forth by the above professional organizations and have passed background checks by both Sterling and EBI. We are fully insured against errors and omissions as well as for general liability.
Inspection of a typical single family residence can be generally broken down into the 6 major systems and components discussed beneath. Types, ages, and expected remaining lifespan will be provided for most systems.
- Roof – Arguably the most important feature of a home. The roof is gone over in detail and will be described regarding its type, approximate age, and estimated remaining lifespan.
- Structure and Foundation – Walls, framing, and footings. The bones of a house. This is important too (it holds up the roof). The type of construction will be described and also discusses doors, windows, siding or cladding, and visible portions of framing.
- Plumbing – The types of water and waste piping will be discussed as well as any immediate need for repair and estimated remaining lifespan. There are also several types of recalled materials which are often seen that we watch out for. Comments on water heaters are to be found here too.
- HVAC – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Systems will be identified regarding type and fuel source (natural gas, electric, hot water etc.). Heating systems will be checked in operation and cooling systems checked when temperatures permit (almost always in Southern California). To continue the trend, the age and estimated remaining lifespan will be given.
- Electrical – This includes evaluation of the main electrical panel, sub panels if present, and wiring. Inspector will also test a representative sampling of receptacles (plugs) and lighting. On older homes, the degree of upgrades if present will be described to the best of the inspectors ability. There are several notorious panel and wiring types which we look out for.
- Site conditions such as fencing, paving, and drainage.
These standards are slightly different for condominiums and townhouses. Reports for these types of properties will comment only on areas where the individual homeowner is responsible. Common elements such as building exteriors, roofing, and site conditions generally fall under the responsibility of the HOA.