Home Inspections Done Right

The purchase of a home is the single largest financial investment you will make today. It is important that buyers know as much as possible about their future home. The best way to do that is to protect that investment with a professional home inspection. 

 

 

Buying a home can be a monumental experience and the presence of an experienced home inspector can be very beneficial. As a professional home inspector, I understand that buying (or selling) a home is an important commitment. All major systems are reviewed during our home inspection.  We at Diamond Property Inspections not only welcome but also encourage the attendance of the buyer during the home inspection, in an attempt to provide you with a general knowledge of the home. I will explain how systems and components operate and what recommended regular maintenance should be performed on these systems or components, thereby alleviating some of the concerns you might have.  I will locate and explain the safety features in homes, such as GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters), AFCI (Arc-fault Circuit interrupters), smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and TPR (Temperature Pressure Relief) valves on water heaters, along with anything else that you may have questions about. I can also show you the location of the main water and gas shut offs, the electrical disconnects, etc. I will assist with common maintenance issues, such as how and when to change the furnace filter, or suggest re-caulking around bathtubs to prevent concealed damage behind wall tiles. Our home inspections enable you to take control of your real estate transaction by helping you identify potential problems.

Choosing a home inspector is very difficult in this market. Buyers should choose inspectors that are trained to evaluate the systems/components in the home to determine if the items are not performing as intended, damaged, beyond their useful life or are unsafe. Since the home inspection industry is not licensed in California, anyone can advertise and perform home inspections. So how does a homebuyer protect himself or herself? We recommend comparing inspector credentials carefully; look at education, experience and professional memberships, in the inspection business "you get what you pay for" as the saying goes and it could cost you dearly. The money saved by a low cost home inspection may well be more costly in the future due to items overlooked by a less qualified inspector. Check out our Inspector qualifications and decide for yourself.