Home & commercial property inspections for
san diego, orange, and riverside counties
Buyer Home Inspection
This type of inspection is my most popular inspection. Typically three types of people order this inspection,Window Shoppers, Contracted Buyers, and Investors. Whether you're looking to inspect the whole house or just a portion of it, Certified Inspection Services, LLC has a plan in place to meet your needs. Each inspection includes a limited thermal scan. And if you're a first time buyer, I include a free home maintenance book which is full of useful information for a first time home buyer. My inspections follow the guidelines of the InterNACHI Residential SOP. More inspection details are available here.
Seller Inspection / Move-In Certified™
Also known as an Pre-Listing Inspection. With over 80% of homes being sold with contractual contingencies requiring a home inspection, The popularity of pre-listing inspections has grown in the last few years, and for good reason. Having a pre-listing inspection report available for your potential buyers shows that you have exercised due-diligence. This makes it harder for the buyer to try to implement tough negotiation tactics and, in fact, may make them feel more comfortable with your home than others that they might be looking at. I participate in Move-In Certified™.
Thermal Infrared Technology (Limited scan included with all inspections)
With the right conditions thermal imaging allows the inspector to see water, missing insulation and energy loss just to name a few things not visible to the naked eye. If you hire a home inspector without this technology some latent (hidden) defects may go undiscovered and you just bought the problem. The thermal scan included with a home inspection is limited in scope and used at the Inspectors discretion. Many inspectors don't use this technology at all, and only a few include the service without additional fees. A complete thermal scan can be performed at additional expense.
Limitations of thermal imaging
Yes! Thermal energy can be reflected off of shiny surfaces such as polished metal and glass. Thermal imaging cameras cannot see through glass which is an immediate indicator of a low tech device claiming to offer “infrared imaging” to the end user. Some tablets and smart phone today tout IR technology yet are actually presenting a visual image that has been digitally manipulated to look like a thermogram. If you stand in front of a window while looking at a thermal imaging camera, you will see yourself in the window because of the thermal energy reflecting off the glass. Regardless of what Hollywood movies may show, thermal imaging cameras cannot see through walls. It is also important to know that thermal imaging cameras should not be used as the deciding factor that a problem exists. Using other instruments such as moisture meter, multimeter, or blueprint drawing of the building should always be used to confirm the problem. If your inspector is not using thermal imaging, you're not getting the best possible service.
Commercial Inspections are all performed using InterNachi's Commercial Standards of Practice as set forth by the Biggest Home/Commercial Professional Inspector Association in the Country. My commercial inspections are priced on a quote basis because each property is unique and everyone has different concerns and expectations. More details are available here.
Indoor Air/Mold Analysis
Millions of homes across America have hidden water leaks that are promoting mold growth that can expose homeowners to mold spores. Mold has a potential to cause health problems like allergies, irritation (to lungs, eyes, skin, throat, nose) and are potentially toxic. Inhaling and touching mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals and normally healthy individuals may become sensitive to mold after exposure.
The EPA states that, “It is important to take precautions to limit your exposure to mold and mold spores. Avoid breathing in mold or mold spores”. The EPA also recommends that if you suspect you have a hidden mold problem you should consider hiring an experienced professional to avoid exposure to potentially massive doses of mold spores.
Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows the more damage it can cause. If there is a mold problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly. Mold can be hidden, growing on the water from a hidden leak, and can develop into a potentially large problem if not caught in time.
Testing your home on a regular basis is a prudent way to prevent small problems from growing into a costly and unhealthy situation, and always avoid exposing yourself and others to mold. Look here for additional information about my mold inspection.
11th Month Warranty Inspection
Many homes come with workmanship or product warranties that typically last for 12 months or longer, and then the coverage expires. So homeowners are advised to have a professional home warranty inspection done before the end of the coverage period. If the inspector uncovers problems that need repair these can be handled while the warranty is still in effect, to save the homeowner money.
Log Home Inspection
Compared to conventional wood framed homes, log homes require additional scrutiny to detect problems that may occur such as: moisture damage, insect infestation, air-infiltration, settling or special construction techniques. I have the skills, experience, and tools to confidently inspect a log home. I have also done additional training to be certified by InterNACHI for log home inspection.
Mobile home inspection
There are actually quite a few mobile/modular homes in Southern California. For that reason I have decided to offer the service to my clients. Inspecting mobile homes is very similar to conventional homes, but there are some items that are exclusive to a mobile home. The inspection I perform of a manufactured or mobile home is based upon the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's Standards for Manufactured and Mobile Homes. For that reason, I have done additional training to be certified by InterNACHI for mobile home inspections. I also give special consideration to Seniors.
Moving to a new home can be scary and stressful for children too. That’s why we are offering the "Certified Monster-Free Certificate". We can inspect under the beds, under the stairs, in the closets, in the attics, and of course, in the crawlspace and make sure there aren’t any monsters. This is just another way for us to serve you and your family, and we hope it helps your children make the transition from house to home. Just let me know when we schedule your inspection and I will bring a personalized certificate with me.