Buyer Home Inspections

Whether this is your first home purchase or your fifth, buying a home is a decision with long-term consequences. The professionals at The Real Estate Inspection Company can make sure your purchase is based on accurate information. The facts from our home inspection report will equip you to make your best offer, ask for remediation, or wait for a better opportunity. Call (800) 232-5180 or schedule now. We help home buyers, sellers, and commercial buyers in San Diego and the surrounding areas.

The Education Difference

What makes one home inspection company stand out from another? Training and experience. That’s where our certified home inspectors have a clear advantage over other inspectors. We hire only experienced inspectors who collaborate to find the best solutions for issues identified during the inspection. It’s like having 12 inspectors show up to your appointment.

In addition to shared knowledge, we train our inspectors at our own Education Center. That means they are getting face-to-face education from local experts. Most other inspectors simply take online courses, which are often outdated and usually not specific to Southern California.

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Building Standards Differ by Region

Each region of the U.S. has different building techniques. Houses in the Southeast are built to withstand hurricanes, while houses in the North are built to withstand cold and frost. In Southern California, we are concerned with seismic stability, specific pool safety items, solar systems, and the like. Ask yourself where other home inspectors are obtaining their training and whether it is specific to our climate. There’s nothing like an actual classroom with a local professional.

Rest assured that home inspectors working for The Real Estate Inspection Company also receive general training provided by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors® (InterNACHI). Many of them attain the level of certified inspector.

90-Day Guarantee

A good home inspection identifies potentially expensive issues in a home. A great home inspection puts you in control and can be a valuable negotiating tool when purchasing a home. Our experienced home inspectors perform a rigorous inspection of hundreds of items and build an interactive, multimedia report that functions as a repair list. We promise that you won’t move in to find significant unexpected repairs, and we back that up with our exclusive 4/90 Home Inspection Guarantee.

Compare our guarantee with those offered by other companies. When you read the fine print, you will see that others offer very little protection with an extensive list of limitations, exclusions, and deductibles. Our guarantee has no deductible, and we administer it. You won’t get the run-around, and we’ll never sell your personal information.

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Visual Mold Assessment

Most home inspectors will not even utter the word “mold.” They don’t want anything to do with it, and they are not certified to identify it. Most importantly, they do not carry insurance for mold since it is an add-on to most E&O policies. They are therefore discouraged by their insurance company from discussing possible mold conditions. This is a huge disadvantage for buyers and sellers.

Our inspections tell the story of your house.

The Real Estate Inspection Company Difference

All of our inspectors are certified mold inspectors. When we perform a home inspection, we will tell you about conditions that are conducive to mold growth. This service is included with our home inspection at no additional charge (a $300 to $600 value). If there are conditions that could contribute to mold, you will have the option to schedule a follow-up appointment for mold testing. We do not perform remediation services, so our findings, just like the home inspection, are never influenced by the prospect of getting a lucrative remediation job.

*Your inspector will determine how many samples are required, and you will approve everything, so there are no surprise expenses.

Thermal Image Scanning

While some companies upsell you on thermal imaging, we use thermal infrared cameras at every inspection. This is a $250 dollar value that we provide free of charge to check for leaks, moisture, HVAC problems, and electrical overloads. If a home inspector isn’t using IR, they may be missing huge problems.

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Aerial Roof Inspections

All of our inspectors show up prepared to inspect roofs that many other home inspectors can’t inspect. Some won’t get on a roof that is more than 12 feet from the ground. This excludes any two-story roofs. Others will inspect tile or concrete roofs only from the edge of the roof, standing on a ladder.

We utilize custom high-resolution pole cameras that allow us to inspect roofs safely, thoroughly, and completely at no additional fee (a $150 value). Our method is better than a drone inspection because the inspector is not distracted by the process of flying the drone and is not limited by the short battery life of the drone — which can cause an inspector to rush the roof inspection. Furthermore, our technique is silent and does not upset neighboring pets or people.

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Appliances

Appliances make everything easier — but not if they are broken! In addition to the standard appliances that are included in a home inspection, we also evaluate the washer, dryer, and refrigerator if they are to remain in the home. That’s right, most other home inspectors do not inspect these critical appliances. This service helps protect you from unscrupulous home warranty contractors who try to scam owners by denying coverage for appliances. We evaluate their condition, and for those that are functional at the time of the inspection, we will state so in the report. This helps hold the home warranty company accountable if you have a claim on their warranty.

Asking for Repairs

We understand that no one involved with the sale of a home wants expensive repairs to turn up during the inspection. But it is important to all parties that the major defects are identified. A thorough inspection protects the buyer from unexpected repairs and the seller from liability for non-disclosure after the sale. Your agent will receive our report tools to help them build a professional, detailed Request for Repair Addendum faster and easier than ever – right from your report! Get the repair estimate you need.

We Do More

In addition to complying with InterNACHI® standards for a home inspection, our inspections exceed expectations.

  1. In addition to complying with InterNACHI® standards for a home inspection, our inspections exceed expectations.
  2. Infrared Scan Included
  3. Visual Mold Assessment
  4. Aerial Roof Inspections
  5. Moisture scan
  6. Open electric panels
  7. Test smoke/CO detectors
  8. Carbon monoxide test
  9. Fill and test jetted tubs
  10. Test hot water temperature
  11. Test garage door safety
  12. Test for gas leaks
  13. Test AFCIs
  14. Test GFCIs
  15. Test water pressure
  16. Flood test tile showers
  17. Test thermal windows
  18. Check appliances that remain in the house
  19. Washer/dryer & refrigerator
  20. Test built-in outdoor cooking equipment
  21. Test built-in outdoor cooking equipment
  1. Interactive inspection report
  2. Online request for repairs
  3. Videos of defects
  4. Inspect two-story/tile roofs
  5. Moisture intrusion.
  6. Insurance info sheet*
  7. Panel amperage
  8. Size and age of water heater
  9. Approximate age of HVAC equipment
  10. Range anti-tip bracket
  11. Performance of AC
  12. Plumbing material
  13. Utility shut-off locations
  14. Drain videos (additional fee)
  1. 4/90 Inspection Guarantee
  2. Reports exceed SOPs
  3. Visual mold assessment
  4. Affordable mold testing
  5. Same-day reports
  6. E&O and liability insurance
  7. Use of moisture meter

If you’re concerned about home inspection costs, be sure to see our inspection packages.

  1. A BuildFax™ report. Very important on recent house flips.
  2. TheQwikFix estimates for repair costs delivered within 24 hours.
  3. Request for Repair builder.
  1. Pool inspections
  2. Sewer scope inspections
  3. Limited scope inspections
  4. Escrow re-inspections
  5. 11-month warranty inspections
  6. Commercial property condition assessments
  7. Pre-listing inspections
  8. Seller’s verbal consultation
  9. Premium inspection bundle
  10. Mold and air testing

Why It’s Important

A great report obviously identifies defects for you. These can be used to negotiate repairs or cash back at closing. Even if the house is sold as is, you may find that the cost of repairs is more than you expected.

Interactive, Multi-Media Reports

We’re proud of the peer-reviewed, multi-media reports we create for our clients. They contain the following:

  • Pictures
  • Embedded videos
  • Tips
  • Diagrams
  • Thermal imaging pictures
  • Report summary with a list of repair items that functions as a repair list
  • Insurance information sheet
  • PDF version of report for emailing and downloading

Overall, we’ve found that most of our clients get a return of three to four times the cost of the inspection in seller concessions. The combined inspector experience that goes into each report is unmatched in Southern California.

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Trusted Inspection Professionals

Be confident in your real estate transaction with a home inspection from The Real Estate Inspection Company. Our certified home inspectors will give you the information you need to back up your decision. Call (800) 232-5180 or schedule now. We service San Diego County, Riverside County, and Orange County.

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