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Every home is unique. Size, shape, foundation, roof covering and layout can change from home to home. Some owners even add on to their existing homes. Whatever the case may be, we will inspect it. Our goal is to objectively inspect anything that is visible and safely accessible.

Our Services Include

The following are inspected, but not limited to:

  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
  • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
  • Grading and drainage
  • Basement, foundation and crawlspace
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Heating systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Interior walls
  • Exterior walls
  • Main water shut off valves
  • Water heating system
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main service box
  • Electrical panels, breakers, fuses and grounding
  • GFCI’s
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Detached Garage
  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
  • And more…


The Inspector may, at his or her discretion:

  • Inspect any building, system, component, appliance, or improvement not included or otherwise excluded by these Standards of Practice. Any such inspection shall comply with all other provisions of these Standards.
  • Include photographs in the written report or take photographs for Inspector’s reference without inclusion in the written report. Photographs may not be used in lieu of written documentation.

Limitations, Exceptions and Exclusions

The following are excluded from a real estate inspection:

  • Systems or components of a building, or portions thereof, which are not readily accessible, not permanently installed, or not inspected due to circumstances beyond the control of the Inspector or which the Client has agreed or specified are not to be inspected
  • Site improvements or amenities, including, but not limited to; accessory buildings, fences, planters, landscaping, irrigation, swimming pools, spas, ponds, waterfalls, fountains or their components or accessories
  • Auxiliary features of appliances beyond the appliance’s basic function
  • Systems or components, or portions thereof, which are under ground, under water, or where the Inspector must come into contact with water
  • Common areas as defined in California Civil Code section 1351, et seq., and any dwelling unit systems or components located in common areas
  • Determining compliance with manufacturers’ installation guidelines or specifications, building codes, accessibility standards, conservation or energy standards, regulations, ordinances, covenants, or other restrictions
  • Determining adequacy, efficiency, suitability, quality, age, or remaining life of any building, system, or component, or marketability or advisability of purchase
  • Structural, architectural, geological, environmental, hydrological, land surveying, or soils- related examinations
  • Acoustical or other nuisance characteristics of any system or component of a building, complex, adjoining property, or neighborhood
  • Risks associated with events or conditions of nature including, but not limited to; geological, seismic, wildfire, and flood
  • Water testing any building, system, or component or determine leakage in shower pans, pools, spas, or any body of water
  • Determining the integrity of hermetic seals at multi-pane glazing
  • Differentiating between original construction or subsequent additions or modifications
  • Reviewing information from any third-party, including but not limited to; product defects, recalls, or similar notices
  • Specifying repairs/replacement procedures or estimating cost to correct
  • Communication, computer, security, or low-voltage systems and remote, timer, sensor, or similarly controlled systems or components
  • Fire extinguishing and suppression systems and components or determining fire resistive qualities of materials or assemblies
  • Elevators, lifts, and dumbwaiters
  • Lighting pilot lights or activating or operating any system, component, or appliance that is shut down, unsafe to operate, or does not respond to normal user controls
  • Operating shutoff valves or shutting down any system or component
  • Dismantling any system, structure, or component or removing access panels other than those provided for homeowner maintenance