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The quality of my reports and the quality of the inspections that goes into the report
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Busters Home Inspection

Busters Home Inspection

5.0 (2)
I do a quality, full home inspection. A full color Report with pictures is sent same day
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Juan The Painter

Juan The Painter

5.0 (2)
Solo painter capable of delivering written plans of action to completion Exterior & Interior Preparations for repaint or color changes. Expert sprayer & professional brush cut and roll. *Tape edging is available. Glazing color meshing ceilings or walls. Wall paper preparation & hanging. Exterior Oil based wood staining & Varnishing. Interior water based wood staining & Varnishing. Stainless steel polish. Door & Trim preparation & painting. Masonry & CMU wet look sealing. Drywall patch fixing & filling. Limewashing walls & ceilings. Skimcoating popcorn ceilings & finishing. Powerwashing & surface ... View Profile
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My name is Luis Garcia. Unlike most professionals you hire, you probably won't meet me until our appointment. Furthermore, different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and pricing. Ultimately, a thorough home inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s own effort. If you honor me by permitting me to inspect your new home, I guarantee that I'll give you my very best effort.  ... View Profile
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Dakini Engineering General Contracting

Dakini Engineering General Contracting

5.0 (1)
We make the Impossible, Possible!    We are the only engineering general contracting in town that does foundation, drainage and hillside inspections, reports, design of repair and cost analysis.   Our reports are the most detailed in the industry.   Our reputation is impecable for the past 20 years of serving San Diego.    Our time commitments are kept, our job sites are clean and neat.   Our communications skills are excellent, honest and clear. ... View Profile
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Mission Home Inspection

Mission Home Inspection

Mission Home Inspection does inspections for potential home buyers of single family homes as well as multiunit  apartment buildings. In addition, we  also do  inspections for home sellers; to point out potential issues with the home that might slow the closing process. We conduct mold testing for both homeowners and buyers. Finally,"Home Flippers" have used me to inspect their flip to see what will be called out  at the closing ... View Profile
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Alliance Real Estate Inspections

Alliance Real Estate Inspections

Our inspectors have over 40 years of experience combined with both residential and commercial inspections. Weekend and late afternoon appointments are also available. Easy to read, comprehensive computer-generated reports with color photos, delivered on-site in most cases. Full consultation with the inspector to personally review the report – including walking through the building, pointing out findings and answering your questions. A verbal summary is given with diplomacy as we understand that the buying or selling of a home is a very personal and important transaction. Unbiased and detailed reporting per ASHI and CREIA standards. We ... View Profile
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Rapid Response Mold Testing

Rapid Response Mold Testing

Established since 2007, we provide mold inspection and testing services to Los Angeles and the greater Southern California Region. We believe we are one of the most competitively priced companies in the industry. Rapid Response Mold Testing was created with one simple goal in mind: to provide high level, affordable, professional, mold inspection, mold testing and mold remediation services to people in Southern California experiencing problems with mold.  Over the past 6 years, we’ve performed thousands of investigations for a variety of clients and structures.  We have thousands of satisfied clients.  Many ... View Profile
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Bear Claw Inspections LLC

Bear Claw Inspections LLC

Bear Claw Inspections, LLC is your single source for a through, fair and impartial “snapshot” of any property’s current condition.  For the seller we offer independent validation, independently providing that your property is exactly as you presented it.  You’ve invested serious time and money in your residence – don’t let it be overshadowed by a “similar” property!   Our services help in reducing the chance of unpleasant surprises – especially post-escrow.  For the buyer, we offer piece of mind knowing that each and every system and major component are reviewed an ... View Profile
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3West Environmental, Inc.

3West Environmental, Inc.

3West Environmental is an inspection and testing company for 3 main items: mold, asbestos, and lead paint. We service 3 main counties: Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego. We service residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Our inspectors are certified, knowledgeable, and provide fast & thorough reports. We provide great customer service and strive to educate our clients to help them with their needs. Contact us for your initial or clearance testing needs. Abatement oversight and monitoring are also available. ... View Profile
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Frequently asked questions

How much does a home inspection cost in my area?

A home inspection costs $300 to $500 on average, depending on the property's size and age, location, services rendered, and if there are freestanding structures. Specialty inspections cost $100 to $300 more for testing things such as mold, asbestos, radon, lead, or termites.

Who pays for a residential home inspection?

The home buyer typically pays for the cost of a private home inspection. The buyer should hire a real estate inspector as soon as the seller accepts the offer. After the inspection, buyers may accept the house "as is," ask the seller to pay for repairs, renegotiate, or back out of the sale and forfeit the earnest money.

What do licensed home inspectors look for?

Certified home inspectors check the roof, foundation, ceilings, windows, attic, crawl space, fireplace, doors, decks and porches. House inspectors also cover the plumbing, heating, electrical, and air conditioning systems. Building inspectors only look at what is visible and accessible.

Some home inspectors offer specialty testing for mold and asbestos for an extra $100 to $300 on average.

What are home inspectors not allowed to do?

Home inspectors are not allowed to check for code violations, permits, determine the house's insurability or value, move furniture or appliances, condemn the property, issue a certificate of occupancy, or survey the properties boundary lines. Inspections also do not include fire and smoke detectors, hot tubs and swimming pools, alarm systems, and sprinkler systems.

How long does a home inspection take?

A home inspection takes 2 to 3 hours on average, depending on the house's size and age and if there are freestanding structures included. Property inspectors provide their final inspection report within 24 hours after inspecting.

Should you get a home inspection on new construction?

Yes, buyers should always get a home inspection on a new construction home. New homes are not always built to code and can have problems. Some buyers also get an early pre-drywall inspection to ensure the beams, posts, studs, insulation, and home systems are installed correctly.

Should I use a home inspector recommended by my realtor?

Hiring a home inspector recommended by your realtor may pose a conflict of interest. The inspector(s) may have a vested interest in helping the realtor close the sale, so they remain on the agent’s list of recommended inspectors.

How to find and hire a good home inspector?

To find the best home inspectors in your area:

  • Get at least three estimates from building inspectors to compare.
  • Ask for references from their past customers.
  • Verify their license and insurance.
  • Look for residential home inspectors certified with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), or the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).
  • Read reviews and check out their previous work on HomeGuide, Google, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
  • Ask about their warranties and guarantees.
  • Ask for a contract in writing upfront.
  • Avoid making large payments upfront. Come up with a payment schedule for work completed.

What questions to ask a home inspector?

Once you have a shortlist of top-rated home inspectors, ask the following questions before hiring:

  • How long have you been in the property inspection business?
  • What types of homes do you inspect?
  • How many homes have you inspected?
  • What do you check? What don't you check?
  • How much do you charge?
  • Can I see a sample inspection report?
  • Can you provide me with a list of references?
  • Can I be present during the inspection?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How long will the inspection take?
  • Can you provide me a written estimate?
  • Do I pay after the inspection? What payment methods do you accept?
  • What do I need to provide to get started?

Once you've read home inspector reviews and hired a professional, ask the following questions during the inspection:

  • Do any areas need a follow-up inspection?
  • What are your biggest concerns about this house? How much would it cost to fix?
  • Is there anything critical I need to fix before moving in?
  • What would you fix if you were buying this house?
  • Are these issues normal wear and tear?
  • What else could go wrong?
  • Is the roof in good condition?
  • Do any fire, water, health, or safety hazards exist?
  • Are the trees on the property a potential hazard?

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