Top Santa Clarita Home Inspector Gives Advice On How To Choose An Inspector
Buying a home can be a very time consuming and stressful experience. Especially if its your first time buying a house. There are a great many decisions you must make during this time. And to complicate things even further, none must perform all these tasks in a short time period. So, why not add at least another to the pile? Choosing your Home Inspectors In Santa Clarita seems easy, but in reality its going to be the most difficult of all tasks. Why?
First of all, all home inspectors in Santa Clarita are not required to be regulated by the state. Thats correct. Its essentially a free-for-all. Because its a free-for-all, anyone and everyone joins the ranks of the “easy money train” that make up the majority of Home Inspectors In Santa Clarita. Look, as a home inspector here in Santa Clarita for over 20 years I’ll be the. first to tell you that it really is a joke.
My advice is simple.
- NEVER use a realtors referral or “list”
- Always perform your own due-diligence
- Investigate these guys… then do it again.
First and foremost, you NEVER ever want to use a realtors referral and for good reason. Collision. Yes, collusion is very alive and well here in Santa Clarita between realtors and Home inspectors. How would you know? Well, theres a list isn’t there? How do you think you get on such a list if you don’t play by their rules? Simple answer is you do not. Which his why MAZZA INSPECTION GROUP is on ZERO realtors lists.
Questions to ask your Santa Clarita Home Inspector
As a home buyer, there are a great many questions you NEED to ask an inspector before choosing one. Of course, these questions will bug these guys because really, their goal is to clock as many “jobs” as they can in a month. Most of these guys are in the business of making a ton of money. Contrast this to a guy who’s primary concern is safety, security and educating the new home buyer.
What is included in a typical home inspection?
Well, most all Home Inspectors In Santa Clarita will tell you that well… everything is included. But really, it’s not. Huh? Yes, huh. Problem is home inspectors by and large are “generalists”. This means they generally look at the house. Contrast this to a specialists who specifically looks at a house. Mazza Inspection group are specialists in all things construction related.
What should I expect during my Santa Clarita home Inspection?
Due to the fact that there are so many different inspectors there are also equally as many home inspection styles. Essentially, no all inspectors are the same. However, you should expect that they all test every window, plug and door in the house. Not just a “sample” as many claim to do. Expect them to use thermography and if they do not… move on. One should expect them to stay for as many hours as needed and not rush. You should also expect them to represent you and not the realtors. Lastly, expect them to be a General Contractor. No exceptions.
Who should pay for my Home Inspection?
Are home inspections performed in Santa Clarita Guaranteed?
Im not sure any home inspection anywhere is guaranteed. Most all inspectors are generalists and because of this, its difficult for them to thoroughly assess every single system to the point where they can adequately comment on its lifespan. Effectively, they are there to basically guess on the houses condition based on experience. The less real life experience the worse off you the buyer will be.
Is a Home inspection a Code Inspection?
Code enforcement inspections are performed by the Building and Safety department of the city of Santa Clarita. Home Inspectors In Santa Clarita are not code inspectors. Sure, inspectors familiar with codes such as fire separation walls and pools , roof inspections and water intrusion like General contractors will know more thus find more for you. Compared this to the certified guys who basically get their certifications from a cereal box.
What will fail a home inspection?
Contrary to what many believe here in Santa Clarita and abroad, there is no pass or fail in home inspections. What is boils down to is this… how much are you willing to absorb? How many issues can you stand? What are you wiling to fix? Heres another question? Will the inspector you choose find all the things that might FAIL your inspection? Most Santa Clarita Home inspectors are not qualified enough to even suggest a house pass or fail IMO.
Do I have to fix everything on an inspection?
No. You only fix the items which were negotiated by the realtors.
When should you walk away from buying a house?
My opinion is, walk away if the house is not right for you. Walk away from the house if the issues are too much to bare. Finally, walk away if you think your realtor is not representing you as they should.
Do Santa Clarita Home Inspectors check for mold?
For the most part no. The home inspectors here in Santa Clarita from what I understand, do not check for mold.
How do you beat a home inspection?
The best way to beat a home inspection is to get in front of it. I mean, have a super thorough inspector pre inspect your house and then make all the repairs found in that inspection. Otherwise, you’re essentially at the mercy of whatever or whoever comes to inspect for the buyer. Trust ,me, with some of these guys… I’d move to have my own inspection performed.
Can a seller be present during a Home Inspection?
Here in Santa Clarita, must agents will tell their sellers to leave. But, understand that you do not have to leave. Really, its your choice.
Can you ask your seller to pay for your Santa Clarita Home Inspection?
You bet, but good luck. Most sellers wont pay for the inspection. I’ve done over 20,000 inspections and may have had all but 2-3 sellers ever pay for a home inspection.
Is a home inspection worth it?
Wow… yes. knowing what I know and seeing what I’ve seen, yes, yes and absolutely. But, choose a qualified inspection company like MAZZA inspection Group.
Can you sue a Santa Clarita House Inspector?
You bet you can sue a home inspector. The California Business and Professions code states that home inspector carry the liability of their inspection for up to 4 years after the inspection.
California Business and Professions code 7199.
The time for commencement of a legal action for breach of duty arising from a home inspection report shall not exceed four years from the date of the inspection.
Should I get a home inspection?
Never ever buy a house without getting a home inspection.
How much does it cost for a home inspection?
Home inspection costs depend on a few things. The houses size, condition and location. Another contributing factor not discussed is experience. Experienced home inspectors like Mazza, cost more.
Should I get a home inspection before making an offer?
Yea, this is probably not going to happen. Most sellers wont concede to a home inspection before an offer. Nor will most buyers want to spend money on homes they may or may not purchase.
Should I get a home inspection on a new home?
New buildings can have just as many issues as older buildings. So yes, always get a home inspection when buying any house.
Can you sell a house without a home inspection?
Sure, you can sell a house without a home inspection. The home buyers have the option to do an inspection or not to too purchase a home.
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