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 â€“ 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 youâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 donâ€™t know of a Realtor that meets these criteria, call me â€“ I happen to be both a licensed Realtor and general contractor and my office is in Castro Valley. Iâ€™d love to help you.
As previously mentioned, have your real estate agent refer you to several possible candidates. Contact them and ask for references.
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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
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!