Looking for a Cheap Home Inspector?

Are you shopping around, looking for the cheapest home inspector you can find?


If so, you may be under the impression that California home inspectors are pretty much all the same - but nothing could be further from the truth.

In the state of California, Home Inspection is not supervised in any capacity. Home inspectors are not required to be bonded or insured in order to protect themselves or their customers from injury, negligence or property damage. California has no licensing program or certification requirements for home inspectors. There are no guidelines, knowledge or expertise required in order to open shop as a "home inspector" in California. This places the onus of determining the credibility and legitimacy of anyone claiming to be a home inspector into the hands of the consumer.

Fortunately, there are two not-for-profit state-recognized home inspection associations, ASHI and CREIA, both of which independently train, test, and certify home inspectors. These certifications do not come easily, or cheaply. Ask the inspectors you speak with to provide proof of ASHI and CREIA certification. Look for their names on the ASHI and CREIA websites. If they are not certified ASHI or CREIA members, continue your search. There are plenty of certified ASHI or CREIA members with the education, experience and skill who have earned the right to call themselves "Home Inspectors" and are worthy of your patronage. Inspector affiliation with ASHI and CREIA demonstrates a dedication to ethics, education and standards of service above and beyond any state requirements. The CREIA and ASHI Standards of Practice are the only standards mentioned in the State Business and Professions code as the guidelines for home inspectors in the state.

Home inspectors who voluntarily certify through CREIA and ASHI subscribe to a high set of standards, must pass a technically rigorous examination process, and must maintain their certification status with continuing education every year. Be extremely wary of those who try to convince you that certification from ASHI or CREIA is not important, or that certification from any for-profit organization is a credible substitute. Some organizations will "certify" anybody who has $49.00 in their pocket and can pass an online "exam" (click here). Don't be fooled! CREIA and ASHI are the only reputable, professional, non-profit, voluntary certification organizations for home inspectors in the State of California!

It is up to you to protect yourself! Don't get duped into hiring a low-cost, ineffectual inspector who lacks ASHI or CREIA certification. Just because a home inspector claims to be "certified" through another home inspector association does not mean he or she is properly trained or qualified to inspect your home. Although these individuals may charge you a lot less for their time, this is NOT the time to go bargain hunting. You must carefully vet and then choose your own home inspector. If you are wise, you won’t be swayed into hiring an unknown home inspector until you’ve checked their credentials for yourself.


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