Why Have Inspections . . . .

When buying a house you should seriously consider having professional inspections.  Generally this means a both a Property Inspection and a Pest Inspection.  If you are buying a home, you'd probably like to know as much as possible about what you are getting.  Both Property and Pest Inspections can reveal hidden problems.  Some may be big issues and others, not so much.  It is important to discuss the findings in these reports with your agent.  You should also let them know if there are issues that you wish to be addressed.  In this market a seller might not agree, but your agent needs to know what is important to you.

In California,  Home Inspector is required to inspect to the standards of either the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) or the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).  There is no license requirement.

A Property Inspector will look at the many systems that make up the buildings on the property, including, but not limited to:

  • Structural elements, foundation, framing etc
  • Plumbing systems
  • Roofing
  • Electrical systems
  • Cosmetic condition, paint, siding etc
A Pest Inspector is required to have a specific license from the state of California.  They look for wood destroying organisms that can affect the structure, including, but not limited to:
  • Dry Rot
  • Termites
  • Powder Post Beetles,
  • Conditions that may lead to infestation