Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Home Inspection?
What is inspected?
How do I qualify my home inspector?
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What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is performed in accordance with California Business & Professions Code 7195 ~ 7199, which states that a "Home inspection" is a noninvasive, physical examination, performed for a fee in connection with a transfer, as defined in subdivision (e), of real property, of the mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems or the structural and essential components of a residential dwelling of one to four units designed to identify material defects in those systems, structures and components. "Home inspection" also includes any consultation regarding the property that is represented to be a home inspection or any confusingly similar term.

What is inspected?

In accordance with the Standards & Practice of NAHI, the inspection is a visual examination of the following areas/systems;
1. Site ~ Site grade, site drainage, hardscaping, perimeter fencing
2. Foundation/Structure ~ Foundation, mudsill, seismic anchoring & bracing, sub-floor framing, ventilation
3. Building Exterior ~ Attached porch/patio/decks/balcony, wall cladding/veneer, doors, windows, chimney
4. Roof ~ Roof covering, flashings, eaves, roof drainage, roof framing/sheathing
5. Attic ~ Insulation, ventilation
6. Garage ~ Walls/ceiling/floor, firewall/fire door assembly, garage door, garage door opener, ventilation
7. Plumbing ~ Supply/drain/vent piping, water pressure/functional flow, gas piping, fixtures
8. Water Heater ~ Location, operation, burners, combustion air, exhaust venting, water connections, energy supply, controls, TPR valve, seismic bracing
9. Electrical ~ Service panels, service, conductors grounding, switches, fixtures, receptacles, GFCI protection
10. Heating ~ Operation, burners, controls, combustion air, exhaust venting, return air, energy supply, distribution system, blower/air filtering
11. Cooling ~ Operation, condenser/compressor, energy supply, controls, distribution, condensation drain, ceiling fans
12. Building Interior ~ Walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, safety glazing, stairway, fireplace, smoke detectors, counter-tops/cabinets Top

The following items/systems are optional based on the Standards of Practice of the Home Inspection industry. They are included in all of Jim Turner's inspections.

Kitchen ~ Stove, oven, microwave, ventilation, dishwasher, garbage disposal
Swimming Pools & Spas ~ Access safety, decks, GFCI protection, electrical, pumps/motors, heating

How do I qualify my home inspector?

When choosing a Home Inspector, it is prudent to qualify that choice. Most Home Inspectors are educated when dealing with building codes and practices, but that is only a portion of the knowledge needed to properly service the consumer. Below are 10 basic questions that a qualified and properly educated inspector should be able to answer without hesitation.

#1 - What landmark court case created disclosure requirements in a real estate transaction and is considered the birth of the home inspection industry. When did this case decision occur?
#2 - Is the home inspector, as an individual, insured for general liability and errors & omissions insurance? If so, can they produce a current certificate of insurance with contact information of the insurer?
#3 - Considering there are currently no state licensing or certification requirements for Home Inspectors in California, what state code does regulate anyone performing Home Inspections? When did it become effective?
#4 - What state regulation governs the strapping of water heater tanks for earthquake safety? When did it become effective? What state entity wrote the regulation?
#5 - If a water heater's location prohibits the installation of a standard TPR (temperature / pressure relief) valve what alternative is available and what secondary provision is required with this installation?
#6 - What regulation governs the height requirements of the sensor lights for garage door openers?
#7 - Explain the issues concerning Consolidated furnaces. Name the government entity involved in this issue?
#8 - List the 5 names of defective ABS piping that were prevalent during the 1980's?
#9 - Name an important safety feature that is missing on most freestanding stove / ovens?
#10 - Name the state regulation pertaining to pool and spa safety. When did it become effective? Top

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