Our inspections comply with the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) and will include the following and more! In addition, our senior inspector is a State Director with CREIA.
Residential Standards – Four or Fewer Units
- Originally Adopted September 13, 1983
- Revised November 1, 1996
- Revised April 15, 1999
- Revised July 12, 2003
- Revised April 15, 2006 — Effective July 1, 2006
- Revised August 1, 2012
The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state if applicable and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you may have. If there are any areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront.
Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful, but is no substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection. If the inspection is for a commercial property, then this should be asked about as well.
California regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest.
The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is two to three hours for a typical single-family house; anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection.
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the region, size and age of the house, scope of services and other factors. Consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Cost does not necessarily reflect quality.
Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector’s reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors provide their full report within 24-48 hours of the inspection.
This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector’s refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.
One can never know it all, and the inspector’s commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.