Shopping for an inspector?
Read this first!
On the surface most all inspectors appear to be the same. But dig just a little deeper and you will find that this is not the case at all. There are absolutely ZERO standards in California to work as an inspector so really, anyone can do this job.
In order to best protect yourself follow this checklist closely when choosing your inspector. This checklist will narrow your choices down to only a handful of inspectors as opposed to a field full of inspectors.Make sure they spend enough time at the property. For me, even a small condo takes 1 1/2 hours. Make sure they have performed NO LESS than 5,000 “paid” inspections. Make sure they are a General contractor (because you cannot quantify “CERTIFIED ONLY” inspectors qualifications). Make sure if there is a pool, the inspector holds either an CA swimming pool builder or service and repair contractors license and spends at least 45 min on the pool alone. Make sure they are a F.I.R.E certified chimney inspector. Make sure they work for you first and not the realtors or anyone else.
The inspection fee should never be your primary concern. Good inspectors are always in high demand and are not cheap.
Above all…make sure you compare reports before choosing any inspector.
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