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Tius, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA

Any reliable home inspecters serving Fremont ,CA?

Asked by Tius, Fremont, CA Sun Feb 1, 2009

Any recommendations for reliable and experienced home, roof & termite inspectors serving for Fremont,CA area?

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Hi Titus,

I can refer you to the folks I use all the time in my work day: They all do a thorough and good job!
Property/Home Inspection - Barry Saugen - Ph: 408-348-2262
Termite Inspection- Ken Carroll Termite Inspection -408-806-1391
Roof Inspection - Eastman Roofing- 408-971-9000,
All the Best, please let them know I referred you to them.
Thanks,
Nina Daruwalla
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 2, 2009
Don't use Ken Carrol that Nina suggested to you. I had very bad experience with him. Ken is too old to inspect termite. He has problems to see and find termite. And he always has dozen of excuses on the termite damages he missed. Never ever trust him.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 1, 2011
Most of these guys take the cookie cutter approach. They'll charge $350 and then take no responsiblility for what they miss. My person missed a dryer and overhead stove fan that exhausted under the house, water poring in from a leak in the attick, a garage door opener powered by a telephone wire (110 volts!), uncaulked exterior windows, a subpanel where they had spliced two extra wires onto one circuit within the panel. Shall I go on!

The solution (expensive, but look what your alternatives are) also hire an electrician and a roofer since the inspectors always disclaim these areas as well as attics and basements.

For professional trades I have NEVER had a problem with anyone from Diamond Certified. Professional, timely, no excuses.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 8, 2009
Tius:

There is another very important factor to add to the equation when choosing inspection companies. Although I know there will be disagreement over this, in my opinion you want to choose companies that can do the repairs themselves (Termite and Roofing). Although this practice might appear contradictory at first, and even appear to be a conflict of interest, in reality, it works very well.

The age old argument that, “You don’t hire a fox to guard the chicken house,” gets reworked in this instance and sounds like this; “You don’t ask an inspection company to ‘discover’ their own work.” I disagree.

It might be true if you hired, “FlyByNight Termite Co.”, however, the professionals we use on a daily basis can be trusted to find only what is actually there. As a licensed general contract in addition to being a licensed Realtor, I am in a unique position to evaluate reports. If I disagree with a finding, and I have done so only on a very limited number of occasions, I personally investigate the findings and then, if I still disagree, order another termite inspection from another company. At about $200.00, this is cheap insurance to make sure you don’t end up paying more than you should. If the reports conflict, you meet both inspectors together at the property and don’t let either of them leave until everyone is an agreement. You then get their findings in a Supplemental Inspection Report.

Here is why it’s a good idea to hire companies that do their own repairs:

1. They know exactly what to fix and what NOT to touch.

2. They are licensed general contractors and do similar repairs all day long. They are typically VERY cost effective.

3. They understand the speed required while in escrow. They understand deadlines and will get the work done in time to close escrow. Unless you have your own contractor on retainer, it is almost impossible to get a regular contractor to come out, bid a job, get the required permits and complete the job on time. In addition, if a regular contractor does the work, the Termite Inspector has to come out at the exact moment all the offending material (pest or dry-rot infected) is removed, inspect the work and then allow the contractor to close everything up. Timing this correctly can be a HUGE problem.

4. In many cases, a Termite Inspector cannot guarantee that the issue has been properly resolved if the contractor finishes the job without the Inspector being on site at key points during the process.

5. If you are trying to save money by having Bob-ur-Cousin do the work, inspection companies will charge a re-inspection fee of up to $150.00 to inspect and certify work done by others. They don’t charge this fee if their crews do the work because they know it will be done right.

6. They can do repairs AND treatment at the same time because they understand the chemicals and processes required. This is NOT true of normal contractors and can cause significant delays.

There are some other reasons as well, but this will do for here. There are some companies that brag that they don’t do their own repairs. Quite frankly, I don’t use them, because, while a deal is in escrow, I have other more important things to be worrying about than trying to micromanage termite or roof repairs. I want any repairs done right, done as cheaply as possible and done VERY quickly so we can close on time.
Web Reference: http://www.carlmedford.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 3, 2009
Hi Tius,

Here are a few others;
Home:
NuCentury Home Inspections 866-806-4949
Win Home Inspections 510-599-6299
Tarkington Home Insp. 510-566-2195
Home Savvy Inspection 510-573-0367
Pest:
Prime Exterminators 800-820-2847
Roof:
Scovill Roofing 925-479-9994 / 510-421-8887
Tri-City Roofing 510-797-3901

I have used several home inspections over the past 23 years. Here are 4 you may also call.

Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI
Broker, Notary
http://www.BrianRipp.com
http://www.RealtyWorld-Viking.com
Real Estate Market Weekly Update Webcast: http://realtytimes.com/REUv/BrianRipp
510-710-4905 cell
510-794-9006 wk
Realtor since 1985
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 2, 2009
Hi Tius,

I use Home Guard all the time. They have done a good job for me. As Carl said, they give the roof inspection for free if you order all three (termite, home and roof) and they also give a discount if you pay at the time of discount.

Meena Gujral
Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty
40083 Mission Blvd
Fremont, Ca. 94539
510-279-9580
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 2, 2009
Tius:

We use HomeGuard for most of our inspections - they are very competent, professional and do Termite, Property and Roof Inspections. It is very handy being able to call one company to do all three, and they provide the Roof Inspection free is you order the other two inspections. They also provide discounts off their already low prices if you pay at the time of the inspection.
http://homeguard.com/

Other companies would include:

Termite:
Omega Termite And Pest Control
http://omega-homeservices.com/

Property:
Sentinel Home Inspections
http://www.trust-sentinel.com/

Roof:
http://www.chandlerham.com/

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Web Reference: http://www.carlmedford.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 2, 2009
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