Home Inspection Pricing for the North Bay

How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

My process for pricing a home inspection is different from most inspectors. Most inspectors will set a price within a home size range; 1200 SF to 2000 SF. It makes no sense to me that a person with a 1200 SF house should pay the same price as someone with a 2000 SF house. Also, the next tier range is 2001 SF to 3000 SF. Why pay a substantial increase in inspection fees due to a 1 SF size increase? 

Use the calculator below to determine the inspection fee. Thank you!

All inspections are performed in accordance with InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice

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Inspection of the exterior of the home which includes the siding, stucco, flashing and trims; walkways, patios, fences, and driveways; as well as the grounds and drainage of the property in relation to property lines and foundation.

Examination of the entire roofing system including the roofs coverings, flashings, gutters, down spouts, drainage systems, skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations.

It includes the inspection of the visible foundation, I look for evidence of sagging or bowing of the structure, walls, ceilings, stairs, drainage systems, floors, and floor framing, and window alignment.

 Inspection of the home’s heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. Assessing the general condition and proper functionality of the systems.

Visual inspection of the service entrance conductors, electrical main and sub-panels, branch wiring circuits, breakers and/or fuses, and identification of panel capacity. All electrical inspections are done by me, a Licensed C10 Electrical Contractor that is a certified inspector.

Inspection of the home’s plumbing system including water supply and drainage lines, gas supply lines, and water heater.

Detailed inspection of the interior of the home assessing the general condition, testing electrical and plumbing functionality, and looking for any issues related to moisture intrusion and structural movement.

Fire & carbon monoxide alarms, garage door openers, fire sprinklers, GFCI Outlets, AFCI Breakers, and the condition of stairs, & hand and guardrails should be fully operational.

Check for properly functioning built-in and freestanding appliances (stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer, and all other appliances).

Visual inspection of the attics’ structural elements, evidence of roof leaks, animal intrusion, insulation, and general condition.

I use infrared thermal imaging for home inspections to identify areas of problems that the naked eye cannot detect. It can spot small, but key changes in temperature in different areas of a property. Thermal Imaging can help detect active water leaks, electrical hot spots caused by defects in connections and components, and heat loss through inadequate insulation.

If I am late for any scheduled inspection, the inspection is at no charge. The exception is any unexpected road closures or traffic accidents that cause the delay.

There are a number of reasons that a roof cannot be accessed to do a traditional inspection by walking on it. Walking on fragile roofs such as clay tile, wood split shakes, slate, or old asphalt roofs when the outside temperature is very hot, can cause damage to the roof. Also, the inability to access a roof using a ladder due to complex roof shapes and multi-stories may cause substantial defects to be missed and not be inspected.

I am an FAA licensed remote pilot and use drones to give a bird-eye-view of not only the roof and potential sags or other defects but it can help me stay safe.

I guarantee that I will deliver your report to you within the same day as your inspection so that you can take any necessary actions quickly. When your report is published you will receive a text and an e-mail alerting you that the report is accessible from your personal inspection portal.

Buying a home is one of the most important (if not the most important!) purchase you will ever make. Take the time to ensure that everything is exactly the way you want it before signing on the dotted line. Although you are probably extremely excited about the possibility of owning a new home, it is imperative that all details are checked thoroughly to save yourself any headaches in the future.

Many of the issues will have most likely been addressed, or surfaced, during your home inspection.  That said, things can and do break between a home inspection and the close of escrow.  It certainly doesn’t hurt to double-check the house prior to closing.

Receive a Centriq Insights Report that provides information on the appliances and heating and cooling systems in the home and also includes a free 1-year subscription to the Centriq mobile app with all the manuals, parts, and instructional videos for up to 100 items in your home. The Centriq app also provides 24/7 safety recall monitoring, so you can continue to be safe long after you’ve moved in.

Included in the report:

  • Product warranty
  • Product age
  • Remaining useful life
  • Safety recall status
  • And more

Please see descriptions in Additional Insections below. Thank you.

ADDITIONAL INSPECTIONS

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With Home Inspection

We offer a Walk-Through Consultation to help homebuyers who may choose to forego a home inspection. A Walk-Through is a consultation where we’ll walk through the interior and exterior with a potential home buyer to share our observations, concerns, and insights with the house. 

Walk-Through Consultation is NOT an inspection. It does not fall under the Standards of Practice by InterNACHI. Learn more detail…

Mold is an expected organic growth that occurs naturally when conditions are present. All molds are considered allergens, but some are more dangerous. If there is visible mold, I take physical samples. If there is concern about indoor air quality, I can take samples to analyze the spore count and identify mold types.

This inspection service will give you insight into potential issues that may be affecting a home’s pool or spa. I’ll inspect the structural components and mechanical systems to look for defects that may result in unexpected repair expenses. I’ll also inspect accessory components such as ladders and diving boards to help check whether the pool is safe for use.

A solar panel inspection is needed to ensure your system is set up correctly, working, connected to the grid, mounted correctly, and labeled for safe and secure operation. Solar panel inspections typically include:

  • Inspect solar panels
  • Inspect solar wiring
  • Bonding & Grounding inspection
  • Electrical overcurrent inspection
  • Monitoring inspection
  • Penetrations and Mounts inspection
  • Labeling inspection
  • Conduit inspection

There are a number of reasons that a roof cannot be accessed to do a traditional inspection by walking on it. Walking on fragile roofs such as clay tile, wood split shakes, slate, or old asphalt roofs when the outside temperature is very hot, can cause damage to the roof. Also, the inability to access a roof using a ladder due to complex roof shapes and multi-stories may cause substantial defects to be missed and not be inspected.

I am an FAA licensed remote pilot and use drones to give a bird-eye-view of not only the roof and potential sags or other defects but it can help me stay safe.

The State of California has adopted, effective January 1, 2011, the California Existing Building Code (CEBC) Appendix Chapter A3: Prescriptive Provisions for Seismic Strengthening of Cripple Walls and Sill Plate Anchorage of Light, Wood-Frame Residential Buildings. 

I am FEMA trained and can determine if seismic modifications are necessary to improve the safety and performance of the dwelling.

 

Auxiliary buildings are typically any structure not attached directly to the main house. The structures include garages, shops, barns, ADUs, etc

I will perform a comprehensive inspection of any residential property that is still an active construction site for new construction or a remodeling project. When construction is almost completed, I will thoroughly inspect the entire property before the builder’s final walkthrough—drawing your attention to potential weaknesses in the home’s construction that you’ll want the builders to address before agreeing to the final terms of the contract.

“You can buy a person’s time, you can buy a person’s physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of skilled muscular motions per hour or day. But you cannot buy enthusiasm; you cannot buy initiative; you cannot buy loyalty; you cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds, and souls. You have to earn these things.” – Management’s Philosophy

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