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What Is An Inspection? An inspection is a visual
examination of the structure and systems
of a building. If you are thinking of buying
a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial
building, you should have it thoroughly
inspected before the final purchase by an
experienced and impartial professional inspector.
Does An Inspection Include? A complete inspection
includes a visual examination of the building
from top to bottom. The inspector evaluates
and reports the condition of the structure,
roof, foundation, drainage, plumbing, heating
system, central air-conditioning system,
visible insulation, walls, windows, and
doors. Only those items that are visible
and accessible by normal means are included
in the report. See a complete list of services
Do I Request An Inspector? The best time to consult
the inspector is right after youve
made an offer on your new building. The
real estate contract usually allows for
a grace period to inspect the building.
Ask your professional agent to include this
inspection clause in the contract, making
your purchase obligation contingent upon
the findings of a professional inspection.
a Building FAIL The Inspection? No. A professional inspection
is simply an examination into the current
condition of your prospective real estate
purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal
Code inspection. An inspector, therefore,
will not pass or fail a building, but will
simply describe its condition and indicate
which items will be in need of minor or
major repairs or replacement.
If The Report Reveals Problems? If the inspector finds
problems in a building, it does not necessarily
mean you shouldnt buy it, only that
you will know in advance what type of repairs
to anticipate. A seller may be willing to
make repairs because of significant problems
discovered by the inspector. If your budget
is tight, or if you do not wish to become
involved in future repair work, you may
decide that this is not the property for
you. The choice is yours.
The Report Is Favorable, Did I Really Need
An Inspection? Definitely! Now you can
complete your purchase with peace of mind
about the condition of the property and
its equipment and systems. You may have
learned a few things about your property
from the inspection report, and will want
to keep that information for your future
reference. Above all, you can rest assured
that you are making a well-informed purchase
decision and that you will be able to enjoy
or occupy your new home or building the
way you want.
Buying a Brand New Home. Do I Really Need
An Inspection? Yes. Absolutely. No home,
regardless of how well it is constructed,
is totally free of defects. The construction
of a house involves thousands of details,
performed at the hands of scores of individuals.
No general contractor can possibly oversee
every one of these elements, and the very
nature of human fallibility dictates that
some mistakes and oversights will occur,
even when the most talented and best-intentioned
tradespeople are involved. It is also an
unfortunate aspect of modern times that
some builders/developers do not stand behind
their workmanship and may not return to
fix or replace defective components installed
after the sale is complete.
I Inspect The Building Myself ? Even the most experienced
building or home owner lacks the knowledge
and expertise of a professional inspector
who has inspected hundreds, and perhaps
thousands of homes and buildings in their
career. An inspector is equally familiar
with the critical elements of construction
and with the proper installation, maintenance
and inter-relationships of these elements.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult
to remain completely objective and unemotional
about the building they really want, and
this may lead to a poor assessment.
Will The Inspection Cost? The inspection fee for
a typical single-family house or commercial
building varies geographically, as does
the cost of housing, similarly, within a
geographic area the inspection fees charged
by different inspection services may vary
depending upon the size of the building,
particular features of the building, age,
type of structure, etc. However, the cost
should not be a factor in the decision whether
or not to have a physical inspection. You
might save many times the cost of the inspection
if you are able to have the seller perform
repairs based on significant problems revealed
by the inspector. See price list here.
I Attend The Inspection? It is not necessary for
you to be present for the inspection, but
it is a good idea. By following the inspector
through the inspection, observing and asking
questions, you will learn about the new
building and get some tips on general maintenance.
Information that will be of great help to
you after youve moved in.
Soon Will I Receive the Inspection Report? Right away. Your report
is being created while we are inspecting
the property and, in most cases, a comprehensive
inspection report will be printed on site
before the inspector leaves. The report
also exists in a format which can be emailed.
Is CREIA? The California Real Estate
Inspection Association, (CREIA), was established
in 1976 in California as a non-profit voluntary
professional association. CREIA has grown
to over 500 members and candidates today.
CREIAs Standards of Practice and professional
Code of Ethics provides the consumer with
the assurance of quality and professionalism.
Members of CREIA are either owners or employees
of professional building inspection companies.
Today CREIA has members throughout the state
and is recognized in
California as the leading authority in the
building inspection industry.
CREIA has established a high Standards of
Practice for the inspection profession that
is used throughout the state to ensure the
buyer who retains a CREIA member of a complete
and detailed inspection and report.
All members must abide by these standards
and code of ethics. CREIA offers its members
and candidates continuing education in the
latest building technology, training, and
materials to ensure the most professional
inspection for the consumer. CREIA acts
as a public information service to real
estate buyers and provides technical support
and training to realty agents, state agencies
and other related professions.
Many CREIA members have engineering, architectural,
or technical backgrounds. most members have
had experience in various construction fields
and are or have been building contractors.
Is A Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)? The Certified Professional
Inspector (CPI) designation is the highest
rating that can be obtained through CREIA.
This designation is only given to those
inspectors that have obtained many hours
of additional training and have been tested
for knowledge above the already high standards
set for the members of CREIA.
Each report prepared by a CPI will bear
the inspectors seal representing the
best quality inspection for your investment.
In addition to performing building inspections,
many CREIA inspectors help with analysis
and solutions to specific problems, such
as foundations, energy conservation, and
roofing problems. CREIA inspectors are also
frequently called upon to review restoration
and home improvement plans as well as maintenance
specifications, contracts and progress inspections
for new construction to help ensure proper
completion of contracted work.
If you find that you are involved in a dispute
regarding construction work performed on
your building, a CREIA member can provide
expert advice. Also, many CREIA members
inspect commercial and investment properties,
multiple unit dwellings, condominiums, townhomes,
mobile homes and perform reserve studies