Anyone who is about to purchase or sell a home should have a home inspection. Buying a home is one of the largest single investments of a lifetime. Knowing the condition of that home prior to closing is a sound investment practice. The purpose of a home inspection is to identify major and minor defects in the property, as well as point out its strengths. The report generated by the inspection should detail a thorough and detailed accounting of the findings. This will enable you to know what to expect in terms of maintenance, needed repairs and accurately estimated remaining functional life of your roof, AC units and plumbing systems, to name a few. You would be surprised to find how many times a fresh coat of paint is concealing a serious structural issue. Is that stain on the roof caused from a chronic roof leak? Or is it simply from a single incident that has been repaired?
The job of the inspector is to discover and evaluate concerning issues. These issues will be conveyed to you in the report. This information gives you the invaluable knowledge needed to help you to make a good buying decision. Of course we encourage you to join us throughout the inspection and ask as many questions as needed. We want you to make a confident buying decision.
As a seller: Having likely owned your home for a long period of time, an inspection can identify potential concerns which could affect the sale of the property. Furthermore, we can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs.
Did a Realtor recommend a home inspection? Then you are probably working with a good Realtor. By recommending a Qualified, Certified Home Inspector, your Realtor is looking out for your best interests by wanting you to be totally informed. It also gives them information needed to make a complete disclosure during the sale. Call 20/20 Vision Home Inspections to evaluate the home you are about to purchase at (323) 394-9999.
A Home Inspection is intended to provide the client with objective information regarding the condition of installed systems and components of the home as inspected at the time of the inspection. It is a visual, non-intrusive and technical examination. It adheres to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). It is designed to report those systems and components inspected that, in the professional judgment of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe or are near the end of their service life. The inspection should make recommendations to correct, or monitor for future correction the deficiencies reported or items needing further evaluation.
Inspectors are not required to determine methods, materials or costs of corrections or the reasoning or explanation as to the nature of the deficiencies that are not self-evident. The inspector shall also report systems and components that were present at the time of the inspection yet were not inspected. An example of this would be not inspecting a roof because it was covered by snow. An inspector is not required to inspect an installed system or component of a home when it could damage the home trying to inspect it, it could cause physical injury to the inspector or lack of access prohibits the inspector from performing the observation.
A 20/20 Vision Home Inspection includes evaluation of:
- Proper Drainage
- Plumbing system
- Crawl Space & Ventilation
- ABS Pipe
- Complete Exterior
- Complete Interior
- Air Conditioning
- Electrical system
- Installed Appliances
- Windows & Doors
- Heat Pumps
- Siding and more.
We can also inspect your Swimming Pool & Spa and test for Radon. For more on Radon please see our services section of the website.
Consult with an inspector immediately following your offer to buy your new home. Nearly all real estate contracts usually allow for a grace period to inspect the home. Ask your Real Estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.
We are Professionally trained through AHIT, one of the most respected home inspector training institutions in America. Please see our education section regarding this training. Furthermore we are OSHA certified for site safety. Also, we are certified by ASHI, the most respected national governing body with the most stringent Standards of Practice in the industry. Finally, we are licensed General Contractors who have 18 years of on hand construction knowledge and therefore we KNOW HOW homes are built. 20/20 Vision Home Inspections, LLC (323) 394-9999
I know this will seem crazy but, in the state with the most regulation regarding nearly everything in life, the State of California does not regulate the licensing or certifications of a Home Inspector. Many states do, just not California. That means there are many inspectors out there who are simply not professionally trained to perform the important task of the home inspection. Now that the cat is out of the bag, what do you do?…..You look for a real professional.
20/20 Vision Home Inspections took it upon themselves to become nationally educated and certified by AHIT and ASHI. Please see the question above for more detail regarding this. ASHI is the Standards of Practice that most States base their licensing on. AHIT is accepted training in nearly ALL states that require education. Arizona, for example, requires a 90 hours training course as part of their state licensing. 20/20 Vision Home Inspections completed a 300 hour course accepted by the State of Arizona. Combined with our education and certification, our 18 year construction experience , licensed general contractors in the State of California since 2003, should give you great confidence that you are choosing the right company for your inspection.
In California all inspections should be performed to the standards adopted by ASHI or CREIA. ASHI standards are the most stringent in the industry. We are members of ASHI. ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join ASHI, to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. ASHI Associates work their way to ASHI Certified Inspector status as they meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections conducted in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills.
Typical inspection will take two to three hours. This is dependent upon the size of the home and the components being inspected.
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
You will receive a report that is computer generated and customized to your home with a photo journal and a summary page. I know there are a some inspectors who write limited, unprofessional hand written reports. At 20/20 Vision Home Inspections we print summary page on-site and an emailed copy of the complete home inspection report is sent the same day to you, the buyer. 20/20 Vision Home Inspections, LLC sample report.
Inspection fees are generally based according to size, age and various other components of the home. Fees from an experienced professional home inspector generally start about $275. However, we also provide the additional service of “Recall Check” for you at our cost of $29.95. That’s real added value. For more information on “Recall Check” please see a detailed explanation in our website.
If you are expecting a professional and pleasant experience, then
20/20 Vision Home Inspections, LLC is the right choice for your home inspection.