"Who needs a home inspection?"
Anybody who is buying a brand new or pre-owned home, needs a home inspection to know the true condition of the home.
If you are selling your home you will also benefit from a home inspection, mainly by knowing the condition of your home before listing. Read Why do I need a pre-lisitng home inspection?
If your new home is under warranty it is wise to have a home inspection before it expires. Every house I’ve inspected needed some type of repairs. The cost of these repairs almost always outweighs the cost of the inspection.
"Does a House Pass or Fail a Home Inspection?"
No, a home inspection does not pass or fail a house or give purchase advice. My reports describe a home’s visible physical condition and may provide repair recommendations. A professional home inspection is a visible inspection of the current condition of a home. It is not an appraisal to determine market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. Keep in mind that no house is perfect! If the Inspector identifies repairs, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect and to identify possible items for negotiation
"What does your home inspection include?"
The following are just some of the items inspected for your Solid Inspection Home Inspection:
Foundation and other support components, under-floor ventilation, presence or absence of seismic anchoring and bracing components, wall cladding, veneers, flashing, trim, eaves, soffits and fascias, roof coverings, flashing, vents, skylights and other penetrations, framing and sheathing, visible electrial and plumbing systems, heating and A/C, walls, ceilings, floors, and more. Since every home is different, inspected items may vary from home to home. Don't forget that you will have me to answer any and all questions you may have.
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"I've thoroughly looked over the home myself (or had my uncle, brother, etc.) why shouldn’t I just waive the home inspection?"
I urge you never to waive the home inspection. For one thing I have the knowledge, experience and training that only comes with being a certified home inspector and inspecting many different homes. I know what to look for and where to look for it. On the average home there are more than 400 items that should be checked! While you or someone you may know can examine the home and roughly determine the outward condition of it, I inspect homes professionally for a living and know specifically what to look for. It's my job to spot flaws, defects and/or conditions that the contractor or handyman will overlook.
"What does a home inspection cost in San Diego?"
In San Diego rates will vary from home to home depending upon the square footage and any optional systems the home buyer may want inspected. Beware! Choosing a home inspector based on price alone is a HUGE MISTAKE! Always ask for qualifications, certifications & experience! Home inspectors who charge lower rates do so because they spend much less time inspecting your home either because they have scheduled three or four inspections a day or because they are limited in their inspection knowledge. Why people put their biggest investment at risk over a $25 to $50 price difference hardly make sense to me.
"How long does your inspection take?"
Every home in San Diego is different; however the average 2000 square foot home usually takes around 3 hours, give or take.
"How long are your inspection reports?"
My reports are anywhere from 15 – 35 pages. Depending on the size and condition of the home, the report will vary. This is also where I stand out from the other inspectors who handwrite a few notes on a checklist and take your money.
"Should I be present at the home inspection?"
It is completely up to you. However, I strongly suggest that you to make time to be at the inspection! Being present through the entire inspection enhances your understanding of the property condition and what is significant and, just as importantly, what is not significant to your decision process. If you cannot make it, then please have someone you know there so that I can explain the property and go over any items that may need attention with them.
"Should my Realtor get a copy of your report?"
I strongly suggest that you have me email a copy of the report to your Realtor. The quicker they get the report, the quicker both of you can decide if there is a need to re-negotiate or to get the seller to repair an item or just to give you an allowance for it.
"What if I have a question after the inspection?"
I strongly encourage you to contact me with any questions about the inspection, report or any general questions you may have.
"Any paperwork involved?"
Yes. I have a pre-inspection agreement that must be thoroughly read, signed and dated prior to the inspection. This goes over what is included in the inspection, what is not included and other important information. View and/or download Pre-Inspection Contract
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