Frequently Asked Questions
What is an inspection?
An inspection is a thorough visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the property for the purposes of providing an objective, independent, professional opinion about the condition of the property. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, or mobile home, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.What does an inspection include?
A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the building from top to bottom. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the structure, drainage, heating system, central air conditioning system, visible interior plumbing and electrical system, visible insulation, walls, windows, and doors. Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the report.When do I request an inspector?
The best time to consult the inspector is right after you have made an offer on your new property. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the property. Ask your real estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.Can a property fail an inspection?
No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of minor or major repairs or replacement.Should I attend the inspection?
Yes, if you can possibly be there, its a good idea, but it is not mandatory. By following the inspector through the inspection, observing and asking questions, you will learn about the property and get some tips on general maintenance that may be helpful after you move in.The report includes:
A complete easy to read list of all areas inspected. It also includes summary sheets on all maintenance and safety and/or defective items. Pictures of some of these items may be included. These are usually items that the inspector cannot show you, because they are in the attic, on the roof, under the house, etc.What we inspect:
The STANDARDS OF PRACTICE and THE CODE OF ETHICS set by CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Assocation).When do I pay?
Payment is expected at the time of inspection or upon delivery of the report. Reports cannot be released without full payment.Why choose a CREIA Member?
Only CREIA Inspector Members who have successfully passed a comprehensive written examination of property systems and who maintain 30 hours of continuing education each year may use the CREIA logo. The logo ensures real estate agents and consumers that the Inspector has been tested and qualified to CREIAs Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics. Most inspection services promote their business with brochures through real estate offices. Many claim their reports meet or follow CREIA Standards of Practice. Do not be fooled; look for the CREIA emblem on these brochures. Only inspectors who meet CREIAs Code of Ethics require a high degree of professionalism and integrity, and that an Inspector Member act fairly and impartially. Any conflict of interest activity must be avoided in order to assure the consumer a completely objective inspection.