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What We Inspect and Why
A home inspection is a visual examination of the home's major structure, systems, and components that are visible and safely accessible. Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it's important to get a home inspection because the inspector can find and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs to severe damage or safety and health concerns.
Interior, exterior, walls, windows, and doors
HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning)
Basement, crawlspace, and structure
Roof and attic
Meet Your Inspector
A decision is only as good as the information upon which it is based. You owe it to yourself to make an informed decision from an objective point of view based on a professional home inspection. Let Central Coast Inspection, the leader on the Central Coast, for residential, commercial and industrial inspections, provide the peace of mind and information you need to make that decision.
Meet Our Staff
I love being a home inspector. During my inspections, I follow a comprehensive Residential Standards of Practice. This means that I’ll inspect the visible and accessible structure, systems and components of the home, inside and out, from the foundation to the roof, using the latest tools and technology. I enjoy teaching my clients how their home works and how to maintain it.
We Educate Our Clients
Home Inspections: One of the best investments you can make...
Whether you're purchasing a new or existing home, consider the benefits of a home inspection performed by a certified or licensed inspector. The purchase of a home is the biggest investment people make. It not only involves acquiring a significant asset, it may also mean taking on additional problems as well. While home inspectors are limited in their scope, they can offer peace of mind to a new homeowner by assessing some of a home's major components.
Only 27 states require that a home inspector be certified, licensed or registered with the secretary of state. Fortunately, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is a national organization that requires its members to pass various tests and submit proof of at least 250 fee-paid home inspections before being admitted. No other home inspection organization requires such experience as a condition of membership, which makes it a great resource for borrowers looking for a good inspector.
Even new homes need an objective look. Don't rely on your builder or a county inspector for a neutral review. Use a separate and new set of eyes to examine your home. A private standard home inspection typically costs less than $500 and could save you thousands.
Try to hire a home inspector who is a member of InterNACHI, ASHI or CREIA. Ask for a list of features in and around the home that will be inspected. The most common areas examined include the structure, exterior, roof, plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, interior, ventilation and fireplace.
Your home structure sits on a foundation that, if cracked or sinking, could mean big repairs in the future. Inspectors are trained to look for signs of problems. They will review the exterior - siding, flashing, trim, doors, decks, balconies and porches, as well as examine the vegetation, surface grading, drainage and retaining walls that may adversely affect the structure.
Most mortgage companies require a roof inspection if the home is over 10 years old. Your home inspector should also take a look at the roof covering, drainage systems, skylights, chimneys and flashing in order to assure that it is properly constructed to protect the home.
A visual inspection of a home's plumbing can heed a great deal of information. For instance, most inspectors review the interior water supply, drainage, waste and distribution systems including all fixtures and faucets to insure they are working properly. Water heating equipment, plumbing vents, fuel storage and distribution systems are all included in the inspection as well as pumps if applicable.
An inspection of the electrical system throughout the home including service drops, conductors, cables, equipment, grounding and main disconnects could be vital. A home inspector should also be able to insure there are a representative number of lighting fixtures, switches, receptacles and ground fault circuit interrupters. Your home's heating and cooling system, including any fireplaces, will be inspected to insure each is working properly.
A home inspection's final report should offer a summary of the home from roof to foundation with major repair suggestions and a list of potential areas that may need attention in the future. The summary should also identify problems and offer suggestions for possible preventive measures. Since many new homes offer a one-year warranty, consider getting a second inspection with a different inspector prior to the end of the term to assess any issues that may have developed and could be covered under the warranty.
What Really Matters In a Home Inspection?
Why mold is toxic and why it needs to be removed if detected?
Her healthy husband died aged 26. The silent killer was in their home
When Hurricane Ian swept through Florida in September, Christian Childers and Kendra Elliott’s home on the central Gulf Coast town of Englewood became swamped under five inches of water. The water subsided a few days later, and then the toxic mould began to grow “dramatically” on walls, ceilings and air vents in the couple’s rented bungalow, Ms Elliott told The Independent.
With thousands displaced and no emergency housing available, the blended family of six were forced to board up a bedroom and bathroom where the mould was at its worst and wait for help.
In the ensuing weeks, Childers experienced fatigue and shortness of breath, and suffered two asthma attacks that required hospitalisation, Ms Elliott said. On Christmas Eve he suffered a third serious asthma attack and was rushed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he died on 2 January.
“It’s like a nightmare,” Ms Elliott told The Independent. “They told us...
Story by Bevan Hurley
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Greg and Jesse are thorough and care about what they do.
Greg was super knowledgeable. I could tell we were in good hands.
Love Greg's demeanor....calm. He does not scare buyers away!
Always on time... understands how to communicate with buyers as well as sellers, fair & comprehensive reports...usually returned to buyer & agent within 24 hours! Wow....crazy good!
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