For a complete picture of a home or property you are considering purchasing, The Real Estate Inspection Company recommends a BuildFax Property History Report. A BuildFax easy-to-read, standardized report provides a “background check” on the property under consideration, including any public permit information. Call (800) 232-5180 or schedule now. We serve San Diego and the surrounding areas.

BuildFax™ Data

The information contained in the report includes the following:

  • Highlights pulled from eight billion data points on more than 80 million U.S. commercial and residential structures.
  • Construction history if available from properties in over 8,500+ cities, counties, and townships.
  • Documented remodels, repairs, new construction, pools, and demolition.
  • Covering all the trades — mechanical, electrical, plumbing.
  • Data points include inspection/contractor history and more.
  • Documentation of repairs such as HVAC updates, roof replacements, and additions.

For your convenience, your BuildFax report will show up in your list of reports beside your home inspection and any other reports we have created for you. This is an add-on service and is not included in our home inspection packages.

Our inspections tell the story of your house.


BuildFax provides you with deep insight into a property, including all details of permitted home improvements and renovations made to the structure. This includes additions, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing updates, roof replacements, renovations, demolitions, and more. In addition to permitted updates, BuildFax Property History Reports can also show spans of time when updates haven’t occurred (often great indicators of aging systems).

This service is $25.

BuildFax has permit information on the majority of permits issued in the U.S. In some areas, coverage is 90% or higher. In other, more rural areas, permit information is still being gathered, and more data comes online every day. It’s important to note that areas where an inspector may do business could have differing levels of coverage. Just because one address cannot be found, don’t stop searching.

BuildFax data is primarily sourced from permit data and collected directly from the source – the building department. This collected data is standardized into a common report format and mined using advanced data analytics to highlight the information that matters to home buyers, while weeding out the cryptic “noise” often found within permit text. The net result is an easy-to-read report that arms inspectors with the life story of a property.

At The Real Estate Inspection Company, we strive to go above and beyond the norm to provide our clients with the utmost in service. You may also want to check out the following:

  1. Sellers Shield™.
  2. Water Monitoring.
  3. Referring Agent Protection.
  4. 4/90 Home Inspection Guarantee.
  5. Pool Entrapment Hazard.
  6. Don’t Swim with Shocks.
  7. Horizontal Furnace Recall.
  8. Buying Older Homes.

Home Inspections & More

Be confident in your buying decision with the additional information gleaned from a BuildFax report. The Real Estate Inspection Company also provides home buyer inspections, seller inspections, and a host of other inspection services for our clients. For more information about us, contact us at (800) 232-5180. We service San Diego County, Orange County, and Riverside County..

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