What We Do
Following are some of the systems and components ("items") that are inspected and reported on during the course of our inspection. These items are examined for material defects that would significantly affect the value, desirability, or safety of the home:
1. Foundations, basements and underfloor areas — including but not limited to: foundations and support components; ventilation; insulation; access openings; wood separation from soil; drainage and sump pumps; seismic anchoring and bracing.
2. Building exteriors — including but not limited to: surface grade; hardscaping; site drainage; wall coverings; doors and windows; attached appurtenances (decks, balconies, porches, stairs, railings and walkways, etc.).
3. Roof coverings — including but not limited to: roof coverings; flashings; vents; skylights; roof penetrations; roof drainage.
4. Attic areas and roof framing — including but not limited to: framing and sheathing; access openings; insulation; ventilation.
5. Plumbing systems — including but not limited to: supply, waste and vent piping; plumbing fixtures, faucets and drains; water heating equipment; functional flow of water supply; functional drainage at fixtures; gas piping and connectors.
6. Electrical systems — including but not limited to: service conductors, service equipment and capacity; panels and overcurrent protection devices; service and equipment grounding; wiring; switches: receptacles and light fixtures.
7. Heating systems — including but not limited to: heating equipment; venting systems; combustion and ventilating air; energy sources and connections; distribution systems.
8. Central cooling systems — including but not limited to: cooling equipment; distribution systems; energy sources and connections; condensate drainage.
9. Fireplaces and chimneys — including but not limited to: chimneys; flues and dampers; fireboxes, hearth extensions and accessories; solid-fuel and gas-burning appliances.
10. Building interiors — including but not limited to: walls, ceilings and floors; security bars; ventilation; doors and windows; stairs; railings; cabinets and counters; safety glazing; smoke detector placement; laundry provisions; built-in appliances.
For more detailed information about what it is we inspect (and do not inspect), you can download a copy of the CREIA and/or ASHI Standards of Practice at the links provided below.
CREIA Standards of Practice
The CREIA® Standards of Practice provide guidelines for a real estate inspection in California and define certain terms relating to these inspections.
ASHI Standards of Practice
The American Society of Home Inspectors®, Inc. (ASHI®) is a nationally recognized, not‐for‐profit professional society established in 1976.
Once we've completed the inspection, the home inspection report will follow soon afterwards, usually within 24 hours. Our detailed narrative report, which includes photos, takes the guess work out of reading an inspection report, making it easier for you to better understand the condition of the home and assist you in your purchase decision. We speed up the delivery process by sending you the report via email. Or, if you prefer, we can send you a link so that you can download it directly from our website.
We urge you to compare our inspection report with inspection reports issued by the other inspection companies in the area. You may be surprised to discover that many companies are still issuing their customers reports commonly referred to as "checklists". Checklist reports are considered obsolete, and do not provide you with the level of information you need to make a fully informed purchase decision.
To view a sample Inspection Report issued by Central Coast Home Inspection, or to review a copy of the Real Estate Inspection Agreement used by Central Coast Home Inspection, please click on the links below.
Home Inspection Report
A sample home inspection report.
Home Inspection Agreement
This is the home inspection agreement used by the majority of CREIA members.
What We Charge
The price that Central Coast Home Inspection charges for a home inspection is typically based on the age, type of foundation (slab or raised), and the total square footage of the home. We may also take into consideration the overall general condition, location, sales price, and ownership/rental history. Employing this type of flexible pricing structure allows us to remain competitive with many less qualified home inspection companies in the area, while providing you with an unmatched level of service and expertise for those more demanding assignments that are best not left in the hands of an inexperienced home inspector.
Fee Schedule (Click to View)
PLEASE NOTE: For condos or townhomes without a garage, please deduct $25.00. For rental properties or for distressed or poorly maintained properties (aka "fixer uppers" or homes in need of "TLC"), please add 20%. For manufactured homes and for homes over 5000 sq. ft., please contact us for a quote or fill out the form below.
As previously mentioned, we make an effort to be flexible in order to remain competitive. The above fee schedule serves to provide you with an approximate idea of what we charge for our services, and we reserve the right to increase or decrease the price once we've had an opportunity to research the property. In any event, because every assignment is different, we suggest that you email us with the address or give us a call at 805-471-9447 so that we may research the property and provide you with a personal quote.
If you would like us to inspect a swimming pool, a spa, or any additional (secondary) structures or components, please let us know so that we can include those items in our quote.
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