Southern California Home Inspection
No Experience required. In Southern California the home inspection industry is completely unregulated. That's why it's important to choose a company that cares about education. HALO Home Services offers intelligent home inspections for people who care about standards.
ASHI Certified HALO Inspectors have:
Passed the National Home Inspector Examination and ASHI's Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics module.
Had inspection reports successfully verified for compliance with ASHI's Standard of Practice.
Have submitted a valid list of performance of at least 250 fee-paid home inspections that meet or exceed the ASHI Standard of Practice.
Have returned an authorized notarized affidavit to ASHI validating at least 250 inspections.
Must agree to follow the ASHI Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics.
Each year, the inspector is required to complete 20 hours of continuing education.
Did you know?
77% of home sales is contingent on an inspection?
99% of Realtors suggest getting an inspection?
Before you buy...inspect. Skipping an inspection could cost you thousands in repairs later.
Intelligent Home Inspection means the most robust reporting in the industry. Full descriptions with pictures
10 Reasons to get a home inspection before you buy.
1) It gives you an "out"
If you were hoping to buy a turn key home with no issues the inspection will provide the out you need to kill the deal.
Issues with wiring, carbon monoxide , etc can be major issues in a home. Make sure its all clear before you sign the deal for the home.
3) Reveals illegal additions or installations
A home inspection can reveal whether rooms, altered garages or basements were completed without a proper permit, or did not follow code, according to Chantay Bridges of Clear Choice Realty & Associates. "If a house has illegal room additions that are un-permitted, it affects the insurance, taxes, usability and most of all the overall value. In essence, a buyer is purchasing something that legally does not exist," she explains. Even new homes with systems that were not installed to code will become the new homeowners' financial "problem" to fix (and finance). (The home for sale/purchase must pass inspection. For more, see Housing Deals That Fall Through.)
Buying a home "as is" such as during a foreclosure or short sale? The inspection will tell you if the pipes are old or if the copper has been removed from the property.
5) Negotiating Tool
Your Intelligent Home Inspection from HALO Home Services will reveal issues that you may not want to pay for after moving in. Use the findings as a negotiation tool for the sale.
6) Determine Deal Breakers
"If I had known how many problems there were I would have never purchased this home." Said every person who has ever purchased something and regretted it. Get out while you can. The inspection will help you figure it out.
7) Learn to Protect your Investment
If you are a first time buyer the inspection will help you plan all the step necessary to protect and take care of the biggest investment of your life.
8) Forecast Future Costs
A home inspector can approximate the installation age of major systems in the home like plumbing, heating and cooling, and critical equipment like water heaters. They can diagnose the current condition of the structure itself, and tell you how long finishes have been in the home. All components in the home have a "shelf-life." Understanding when they require replacement can help you make important budgeting decisions, and it wll determine what type of home insurance coverage or warranties you should consider.
9) Reveal the Big Picture
The home inspection will help you, objectively, determine if you want the home. People often fall in love the the home, location, look, yard etc. The Intelligent Home Inspection will help you keep the big picture in mind
Some insurance companies will not insure the home if you skipped the inspection.
Over 11 Areas of Inspection = over 100 Points of Inspection
Roof Foundation + Structure +Plumbing + Air Conditioning + Heating + Electrical
+ Major Appliances + Doors Windows + Sprinkler System + Wood + Rot Pool/Spa
Exterior walls - The inspector will check for damaged or missing siding, cracks and whether the soil is in excessively close contact with the bottom of the house, which can invite wood-destroying insects. However, the pest inspector, not the home inspector, will check for actual damage from these insects. The inspector will let you know which problems are cosmetic and which could be more serious.
Foundation - If the foundation is not visible, and it usually is not, the inspector will not be able to examine it directly, but they can check for secondary evidence of foundation issues, like cracks or settling.
Grading - The inspector will let you know whether the grading slopes away from the house as it should. If it doesn't, water could get into the house and cause damage, and you will need to either change the slope of the yard or install a drainage system.
Garage or carport - The inspector will test the garage door for proper opening and closing, check the garage framing if it is visible and determine if the garage is properly ventilated (to prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning). If the water heater is in the garage, the inspector will make sure it is installed high enough off the ground to minimize the risk of explosion from gasoline fumes mingling with the heater's flame.
Roof - The inspector will check for areas where roof damage or poor installation could allow water to enter the home, such as loose, missing or improperly secured shingles and cracked or damaged mastic around vents. He or she will also check the condition of the gutters.
Plumbing - The home inspector will check all faucets and showers, look for visible leaks, such as under sinks and test the water pressure. He or she will also identify the kind of pipes the house has, if any pipes are visible. The inspector may recommend a secondary inspection if the pipes are old to determine if or when they might need to be replaced and how much the work would cost. The inspector will also identify the location of the home's main water shutoff valve.
Electrical - The inspector will identify the kind of wiring the home has, test all the outlets and make sure there are functional ground fault circuit interrupters (which can protect you from electrocution, electric shock and electrical burns) installed in areas like the bathrooms, kitchen, garage and outdoors. They will also check your electrical panel for any safety issues and check your electrical outlets to make sure they do not present a fire hazard.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) - The inspector will look at your HVAC system to estimate the age of the furnace and air conditioner, determine if they function properly and recommend repairs or maintenance. An inspector can also give you an idea of the age of the home's ducting, whether it might have leaks, if your home has sufficient insulation to minimize your energy bills and whether there is any asbestos insulation.
Water heater - The home inspector will identify the age of the heater and determine if it is properly installed and secured. The inspector will also let you know what kind of condition it is in and give you a general idea of how many years it has left.
Kitchen appliances – The inspector will sometimes check kitchen appliances that come with the home to make sure they work, but these are not always part of the inspection. Be sure to ask the inspector which appliances are not included so that you can check them yourself.
Laundry room - The inspector will make sure the laundry room is properly vented. A poorly maintained dryer-exhaust system can be a serious fire hazard.
Fire safety - If the home has an attached garage, the inspector will make sure the wall has the proper fire rating and that it hasn't been damaged in any way that would compromise its fire rating. They will also test the home's smoke detectors.
Bathrooms - The inspector will check for visible leaks, properly secured toilets, adequate ventilation and other issues. If the bathroom does not have a window and/or a ventilation fan, mold and mildew can become problems and moisture can warp wood cabinets over time.