Everyone is on a budget and cost conscious, however, when it comes to home inspections for a property you are buying, or selling,, it is really important to get someone who is reputable. A lousy home inspector, also with no decent Errors and Omission insurance can cost you money, and invite lawsuits down the road. By reputable, I mean: Agents on the other side of the transaction will respect and accept the inspection. Buyers and sellers have to acknowledge inspections obtained by the other party. When sellers get inspections by less than reputable companies, buyers will surely get their own inspections. When buyers obtain inspections by companies that aren't held in high regard,,,well, sellers aren't going to consider requests for repairs or credits, and worse than that, the buyer is stuck with a report that may not mean a whole lot down the road. Real estate lawsuits largely involve disclosure issues.. and these often involve home inspection issues years after a transaction has closed. Don't make a decision for a home inspection based on "saving" a couple of hundred dollars. This is a very important decision with major consequences.
First of all, it is crucial for everyone to know that despite common perception: There is no Home Inspection license in California! There is not even a state issued certificate.. There is minimal regulation of home inspectors. Anybody can go do home inspections! Unlike Structural Pest Operators, home inspectors are not regulated.
So, how do you get a good home inspector? Start with ASHI. American Society of Home Inspectors. This is the association with the highest professional standards. They have better preparation, experience, standards, and the best industry standards for errors and ommission insurance.
You can get an inspection for $350-700 for this property. I would strongly advise you to check out the inspector's resume and referral list. You want and need objective info. This objective professional should not be giving you prices for work to correct items.. These bids for work should be obtained from LICENSED contractors who will review the inspections and give you bids to correct the work found in the inspecitions. Please know that if realtors give you the names of painters, etc.. they NEED to be licensed.
As mentioned here, Paul Breitkopf: BPG: 800-285-3001. John McComas, Star Inspection. There are other good inspectors.
You can go on the ASHI site.. check it out
From A realtor who is a former General Contractor, with Home Inspection experience!