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Terry123456, Home Buyer in Castro Valley, CA

What are the steps in conducting a home inspection? Are there easy ways to spot problems?

Asked by Terry123456, Castro Valley, CA Mon Sep 8, 2008

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Whomever you choose for you inspections should be certified by either ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) or NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors).
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WSH conducting physical inspection, give me explain and example
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There are a large number of highly qualified and professional inspectors in the Bay Area that serve Castro Valley and the surrounding areas. A professional realtor who does a large number of transactions in any given year has the expertise to recommend qualified inspectors to you. They should be able to provide you with three or four options and explain the differences and costs to you.

The types of inspections you will need will depend on the property you are interested in – typically you will need Termite, Property and Roof Inspections. Depending on where the property is in Castro Valley (on a hill, as an example), you may also want a soils engineer to check the conditions of the site of structural engineer to inspection the foundations. This is particularly true if retaining walls or foundations show cracks. If you choose a company such as HomeGuard, they cover the three main inspections (termite, property and roof) and provide the roof inspection free if you order the other two.

Once you’ve approved the inspector(s) you want to use, then your Realtor or one of their team members should line up the inspections for you. We encourage you to be present for the inspections – this is the best way to quickly identify issues. In addition to the physical inspections, each inspector will provide you with a written report outlining the various issues of the property along with recommendations. Your Realtor should be able to go through these reports with you and make recommendations.

There are a few ways to spot potential problems while actually visiting the home for the first time – some defects are very visible and obvious. These might include loose or missing roof tiles, large cracks in the concrete surfaces or foundation, doors that stick badly, rooms that appear to tilt, visible areas of mold, damaged showers and so on. However, finding a Realtor who is also a licensed general contractor is a great way to get a snapshot of a property while visiting BEFORE you invest money in expensive reports. If you don’t know of a Realtor that meets these criteria, call me – I happen to be both a licensed Realtor and general contractor and my office is in Castro Valley. I’d love to help you.

Web Reference: http://www.carlmedford.com
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As previously mentioned, have your real estate agent refer you to several possible candidates. Contact them and ask for references.

Or check out this website for professional services:


It's a site that creates references and rates individuals based on their professiional service performance.

Good luck,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 9, 2008
First step is getting refferrals for a well qualified inspector. He will first inspect the exterior, starting at the roof, chimney, flashing and eaves. he will check the exterior siding, windows and along the inspection. He will move inside to the basement, check around teh sill for rot or bugs, check along the floor for water leaks, open the circuit breakers to check for double lines, turn on the furnace and check the baseboards. he will check the hotwater tempature and under all sinks for leaks, open all windows and close. check ceilings for leaks, he will check outlets for grounding and wet areas for gfci. this is a overall rundown, hope it helps Terry.
Web Reference: http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 9, 2008
Try this guy. He is one of the best inspectors I have worked with and is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. He will walk you through the whole process, meet you at site and show you each thing he finds. Once he completes the inspection process, he puts toghether a comprehensive report in a binder for your convenience. which included pictures, descriptions and recommendations. Also does mold testing.

Mark Beck's Home Inspections Plus
925-240-0441 http://www.localinspector.com MBECK@MBHIP.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 8, 2008
Hire a professional who is qualified to complete the task worth every dollar spent for their services.
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Hello Terry, the first step is to pick out a home inspector in your area. Call around and ask at least 2-3 agents in the area who they recommend.Like any profession there are some that are good and some that are GREAT.If you are doing it yourself and for some strange reason don't want to use a qualified home inspector you can probably start by looking over the outside looking at things like the roof...how many years does it have left? The central Air and heat system how do they look how old are they? Most systems only last so long so if your roof or your air is 20+ years old there is a good chance that they might need replaced soon...so you have to factor that in...A truly excellent home inspector will pay for himself over and over again in what he finds....it's always money well spent in my opinion to hire a professional to do the job....

After all if you needed surgery would you do it yourself or go to the Doctor? The money saved could end up costing you 10x if you missed something very important that the inspector would have found....

Good luck to you!


Rick Goates
ECO Broker
Redding Ca
Web Reference: http://inforedding.com
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