Buyer’s Home Inspection
We believe you won’t find better home inspectors or a better value from any other home inspection company. You will get more of the information you need, guaranteed. Here’s what is included with every complete home inspection:
The Education Difference
What makes one home inspection company from another? Training and experience. That’s where our home inspectors have a clear advantage over other inspectors. We only hire inspectors who start with a solid background and experience. They all communicate with each other to find the best analysis for any situation. It’s like having 12 inspectors show up to your inspection.
In addition to shared knowledge, our inspectors get trained in our own Education Center. That means they are getting face to face education from local experts. That’s important because most home inspectors receive training from their associations which usually are delivered via online video. These videos can be several years old, and often contain information that is not pertinent to Southern California.
Rest assured that home inspectors working for The Real Estate Inspection Company are regularly trained in person, in addition to general training provided by the InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).
A good home inspection identifies problems in a house that could cost you a lot of money. A great home inspection puts you in control and can be a very valuable negotiating tool when purchasing a home. Our experienced home inspectors perform a rigorous inspection of hundreds of items and build an awesome interactive report for you. We promise that you won’t move in to find significant unexpected repairs and we back that up with our exclusive Inspection Guarantee.
Compare our guarantee with those offered by other companies. When you read the fine print you will see that they offer very little protection with lots of limitations, exclusions, and deductibles. Our Inspection Guarantee has no deductible, and we administer it. You won’t get the run-around and we’ll NEVER sell your personal information.
Visual Mold Assessment
Most home inspectors will not 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 you.
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 – included with our home inspection at no additional charge (a $300 – $600 value). If there are conditions that could contribute to mold, you will have the option to schedule a follow-up appointment for testing at a discounted price. 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 approve everything so there are no surprise expenses.
Cancelled Escrow Protection©
Quite a few escrows cancel for numerous reasons. The house could get a low appraisal, there may be unexpected repairs or you might simply change your mind. Unfortunately, you will have to pay for another appraisal and inspection. We feel your pain, so we introduced a discount to help you.
Paying for a second inspection can be costly, but you won’t have to pay full price with us. If your escrow cancels for any reason, we will inspect a second house within 45 days and give you a BIG discount off of the listed price. See details.
Thermal Image Scanning
While some companies upsell you for this service, we use Thermal Infrared (IR) Cameras at every inspection to check for leaks, moisture, HVAC problems, and electrical overloads. If a home inspector isn’t using IR, they may be missing huge problems. Some home inspection companies will use a Thermal Infrared camera for an additional fee. We use it at every inspection at no additional charge ($250 value).
All of our inspectors show up prepared to inspect roofs that a lot of other home inspectors can’t inspect. They won’t get on a roof that is more than 12 feet from the ground. This excludes any two story roofs. They also cannot inspect tile or concrete roofs other than 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 flying a drone, and is not limited by the short battery life of a drone which can cause an inspector to rush the roof inspection. Furthermore, our technique is silent and does not upset neighbor pets, etc. See more about our roof inspections HERE.
Your 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 you are keeping them. That’s right, most other home inspectors DO NOT inspect these critical appliances. We also protect you from unscrupulous home warranty contractors who try to deny coverage for appliances by documenting that they are functional at the time of inspection. This can really help you hold the home warranty accountable! Learn MORE…
We Test More
- Infrared Scan Included
- Visual Mold Assessment
- Pool Inspections (additional fee)
- Aerial Roof Inspections
- Open electric panels
- Test Smoke/CO detectors
- Fill and Test Jetted Tubs
- Test Hot Water Temp
- Test Garage Door Safety
- Test Gas Leaks
- Test AFCI’s
- Test GFCI’s
- Test Water Pressure
- Flood Test Tile Showers
- Test thermal windows
- Washer/Dryer & Refrigerator
We Report More
- Interactive Inspection Report
- Online Request For Repairs
- Videos of defects
- Inspect two story/tile roofs
- Moisture Intrusion
- Insurance Info Sheet*
- Panel Amperage
- Size, Age of Water Heater
- Approx Age of HVAC Equip
- Range Anti-tip Bracket
- Performance of AC
- Plumbing Material
- Utility Shut Off Locations
- Drain Videos (add’l fee)
Why It’s Important
A great report obviously identifies defects for you. These can be used by you to negotiate repairs or cash back at closing. Even if the house is “As-Is”, you may find that the cost of repairs is more than you expected.
Our reports go much further. In addition to reporting on defects, we document a lot of functioning items in a house. This is extremely important if you make a claim under your home warranty. Some home warranty companies often try to deny claims stating that they were pre-existing.
Asking for Repairs
We understand that no one involved with the sale 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!
- Pool Inspections
- Drain Line Video Inspections
- Limited Scope Inspections
- Escrow Re-inspections
- 11-month Warranty Inspections
- Commercial Inspections
- Pre-Listing Inspections
- Verbal Only Seller’s Inspection
- PREMIUM Inspection Bundle
- Mold and Air Testing
- Residential Elevators
- Level II Fireplace and Chimney inspections
The Real Estate Inspection Company follows the NACHI Standards of Practice. Please review these standards prior to the home inspection so you know what to expect from your inspection, and what your inspector will and will not inspect.