Home Inspection Services

Orange, CA Home Inspections


Buyers Inspection

A buyer's inspection is initiated by the home buyer usually as a contingency to the final close of a real estate sale. These types of inspections are designed to assure that there are no hidden surprises for the purchaser.

It is estimated that up to 80% of all home sales are contingent on the buyer's inspection! You'll be hard-pressed to find any real estate-related expert who doesn't adamantly suggest that you require an inspection prior to purchasing a home.




Commercial Inspection

Business operators, commercial property managers, and commercial real estate buyers have to deal with damage and defects just like homeowners. After all, many of the systems that are in a home exist in a commercial building, too. We provide thorough inspection services for light commercial buildings such as retail stores, restaurants, government offices, and storage buildings. Every inspection includes a detailed report that covers a visual and non-invasive inspection of plumbing systems, electrical systems, heating and air systems, structural systems, and more.

Our inspectors are code-certified to inspect most types of commercial building structures. Size is not an issue. We can handle the smallest offices up to warehouse-sized spaces.




Electrical Inspection

An electrical inspection is an inspection which will help ensure that all electrical systems and wires in a home or building meet legal safety standards. There is a national electric code which many electrical inspectors will use when determining whether a certain electrical installation is acceptable. In some cases, an electrical inspection, or even multiple inspections, will be included with an electric permit, often required by local governments.

If your home does not meet minimum electrical safety standards, then you run the risk of massive electrical failure that can cause power outages, excessive energy loss, or worse, electrical fires.




Maintenance Inspection

Also called a "Home Health Check-up", preventative maintenance inspections are performed usually once per year simply to ensure the integrity of a home's systems and structure. Because all things have a planned obsolescence period, maintenance inspections help to make the homeowner aware of immediate and upcoming needs for replacement and repair that could save thousands-of-dollars if discovered early-on.

The inspection itself is as thorough as a Buyers Inspection and includes the same high-quality report after the inspection concludes. PMIs are especially recommended after your home has endured inclement weather such as strong winds, excessive rain, extended periods of drought, unusual freezing, or blizzard-like conditions.




Mobile Home Inspection

Mobile homes are not immune to the possibility of damage and defects found in other types of homes. In fact, the damage and defects in them can be worst due to construction differences and materials used. Just because a home is "mobile" doesn't mean it is "disposable". We inspect ever facet of your mobile home from the roof to the lower beams. We pay particular attention to inspecting the electrical and plumbing systems while identifying wear-and-tear issues that could lead to breaches (exposure to the elements) and efficiency losses. Your mobile home is your investment, and we can help you to retain the value of your investment with a thorough inspection that doesn't cut corners.




New Construction Inspection

A new-construction inspection is much like a warranty inspection except for the fact that the building and its systems are, in fact, new. Whereas a warranty inspection can apply to re-sale homes that offer a warranty, new-construction inspections are specifically designed for homes that have never been lived-in. Though new homes do not have the wear-and-tear on them that re-sale home may, various contractors associated with the construction may have made mistakes whether by accident or intentionally (such as taking "shortcuts" to finish the job faster or under-budget). A new-construction inspection provides you with an unbiased review by the inspector who acts as an objective and knowledgeable observer on your behalf to identify construction-related, code-related, and installation-related issues with home systems and structures.

Many of the components from a home's system's and structure may be newly assembled, but they may also have been sitting in a lumber yard or warehouse for months. Also, even the best contractors make mistakes that could compromise the integrity of the job they do. It just makes sense to be sure!




Plumbing Inspection

The homes plumbing system inspection is very important. There are actually two different basic systems. The Drain Waste and Vent (DWV) system and the plumbing or "potable" water supply system. The DWV system consists of the drain and waste lines for conveying the used water and sewage to an appropriate location. The vent pipes allow air into the system or vacuum would not allow the drains to correctly flow, the vent pipes also vent harmful sewer gasses into the atmosphere away from (or what is considered a safe distance) any openings in the building envelope. The supply or distribution system conveys clean or "potable" water to faucets and fixtures. Care must be taken when installing certain fixtures or cross contamination will damage the pipes and is an serious health hazard. There are many different materials that are available on today's market. Being able to identify these materials and if they are correctly installed is a skill all experienced home inspectors must have.




Pool and Spa Inspection

Swimming pools and spas can add beauty, fun, and value to a home. They can also be a safety hazard; especially older pools and spas that are included with a home purchase. A vital step in assuring the safety of a residential pool or spa is to have it inspected by a trained and qualified inspector. Properly maintained facilities reduce the risk of drownings, submersion injuries and entrapments. Trained pool and spa professionals evaluate water quality, safety equipment and the physical conditions of facilities. Our inspections include the following services:

  • Interior finish materials
  • Decks, steps and coping
  • Pumps, motors, blowers, skimmer, filter, drains, heaters (including describing the energy source), automatic safety controls, gauges, visible piping and valves
  • Cleaning system
  • The water supply system to ensure there are no cross connections
  • External bonding of the pump motors, blowers, heaters and other equipment
  • Operation of underwater lighting, ground fault circuit interrupters, conduit, visible electrical components and timer assemblies
  • Diving boards, slides, handrails and ladders
  • The presence or absence of child safe barriers



Sellers Inspection

A seller's inspection is initiated by the property owner usually prior to listing the property. It helps the seller to determine what systems and structures of the property need repair. More importantly, it helps the seller and the seller's agent to accurately represent the home by disclosing damage to prospective buyers (which further helps to curb lawsuits). Damage discovered as a result of a seller's inspection can either be repaired by the seller (to maintain market value) or used as a negotiating tool by both seller and buyer.

Being used more and more, a seller's inspection is helping to speed-up the sales process. When sellers can show what damage an inspector found, and how that damage was fixed, the buyer's confidence may increases enough to move the transaction forward. But, the buyer should always hire an their own inspector to perform another inspection to get a second-opinion.




Stucco/EIFS Inspection

Synthetic stucco, also known as Exterior Insulated Finish System (EIFS), was first used in Europe after the end of World War II to repair all the damaged commercial buildings in Berlin. Synthetic stucco eventually came over to the United States and was initially used on commercial properties. Eventually, builders began using synthetic stucco on residential properties. Synthetic Stucco can be very beautiful as well as low maintenance, durable and energy efficient. It really does not deserve the complete black eye reputation it has.

Synthetic stucco installation begins with attaching Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam panels to the plywood sheathing of the structure. A fiberglass or wire mesh is then attached to the foam. The stucco, which is an acrylic, rubber based product, is applied in one or two coats, and the final product is typically 1/16th to 1/8th inch thick.




Warranty Inspection

Home builders often initiate a "warranty" on a house for a period of one year or longer which is designed to cover the costs to repair systems and structural-related problems during the warranty period. A warranty inspection should be performed prior to the expiration of the home warranty contract so that you can address repairable issues with the builder while the warranty is in-force. Otherwise, you may be fully liable for the repair costs on your own should you allow the warranty to expire prior to discovering defects. Warranty inspections allow you to take full-advantage of the warranty's benefits which can save you from paying out-of-pocket for repairs that may otherwise have been the fault of the builder or OEM manufacturer.

You've heard it before: "It broke just as soon as the warranty expired!" If anything, a Warranty Inspection holds builders, installers, suppliers, and manufacturers liable for their work and products. The few-hundred dollars you pay for a warranty inspection could very-well save you from having to hand-over thousands (or tens-of-thousands) of dollars for future repairs and new systems that were damaged before the warranty expiration!




WDO Inspection

Sometimes called "termite inspections", this specialized inspection looks for damage caused by any type of insecta, primarily termites that feed on, and nest in, the wood that supports your home's frame, porch, patio, flooring, ceiling, and other places. Of course, not all wood-destroying insects are termites. Ants, bees and beatles, and various larva are also known for making a buffet of your home's wooden elements and thereby compromising the soundness and integrity of your home's ability to support itself. The damage caused by wood-destroying insects can certainly lead to the sharp devaluation of your property's value as well as increasing the danger for occupants.

LivingWithBugs.com WDO identification chart (PDF)
FastFacts aggregated WDO links