CalSpec
STEVE ARCHER - INSPECTORCREIA CertifiedLicense # B-289543

Home Inspection Service

818.346.7806
SSSserving all of southern california since 1999

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How do I choose a Home Inspector?

A: Call up and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don't feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection. You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs.

Q: What qualifactions or credentials should a Home Inspector offer?

A: When choosing a home inspector, begin with a list of Certified Inspectors in your area. Then check to see who among these is the most experenced and has the most outstanding reputation for thourghness as an inspector.

Q: What will the inspector cover?

A: A thorugh inspection covers everything from the roof to the foundation.

Items that are included in the inspection are as follows:

Attic Ceilings

Insulation Floors

Ventilation Walls

Roof & Flashing Doors & Windows

Gutters Chimney

Basement Fireplace

Crawlspace Major Appliances

Foundation Electrical System

Grading Water Heater

Retaining Walls Plumbing System

Siding & Trim Air Conditioning

Driveways & Walks Heating

Q: How long will the inspection take?

A: Most inspections take about three to four hours. these time may vary depending oon the size, age & condition of the home. Large homes may take up to five or six hours.

Q: Should I be present during the inspection?

A: We recommend that you be present for the inspection, however, if you cannot be present for the entire time, we recommend that you and your agent be present near the end for an on-site review of any concerns.

Q: Why do I need a home inspection?

A: The purchase of a new home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Along with the extra stresses this will add, there is also the fear factor of, "Will This Home Stand The Test of Time?" It is also important to know what YOU, as the primary investor, are getting for your money.

A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but also help foresee any immediate concerns or potential additional costs that may go unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can discover existing problems and condition.

Q: Why can't I have someone in my family, who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

A: This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspector's get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instint takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.

Q: What if I have questions after the inspection?

A: You can call us and discuss all the aspect of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment.

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