Affordable Home Inspection, Inc.
"Southern Californias Home Inspection Leader Since 1983" ™
FAQ`s


Why should I have a home inspection?
The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments most will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect --- both indoors and out -- in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint might be hiding serious structural concerns. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage condition or may be simply the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently. As a seller, if you have owned your building for a period of time, an inspection can identify potential concerns in the sale of your building and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs. If your Realtor recommended a home inspection, it is because your Realtor wants you to be a totally informed purchaser, they can only disclose what has been made known to them. They are looking out for your best interest by suggesting that a qualified home inspector evaluate the property you are about to purchase. Call Affordable Home Inspection to schedule your home inspection today (800) 946-7732

What is a home inspection?
An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector. With Affordable Home Inspection you get the most courteous and knowledgeable inspectors in the property inspection business.

What gets inspected when I have a professional home inspection?
Our knowledgeable certified inspectors will will evaluate:

    Proper Drainage
    Sprinkler System
    Crawl Space & Ventilation
    Insulation
    Framing
    Plumbing
    Complete Exterior
    Complete Interior
    Air Conditioning
    Safety Equipment
    Electrical
    Foundation
    Masonry
    Appliances
    Windows
    Doors
    Roofing
    Heat Pumps
    Furnace
    Siding

Additional Services Include...
    Swimming Pool & Spa
    Separate Structure

When do I request an Inspector?
The best time to consult an inspector is right after you have made an offer on your new building. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your professional Real Estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.

Who should I call?
A professionally trained home inspector who has been certified by a governing body such as ASHI ,CREIA or NACHI, preferably one with many years experience. Affordable Home Inspection has the most experienced inspectors in the industry. Call us today at 800-946-7732

Should the inspector be licensed?
Yes, but unfortunately, unlike your Realtor who had to complete extensive schooling and testing to receive his/her license, home inspectors are not legally required to be licensed or certified in California. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you hire a home inspector with many years of experience and belongs to ASHI, CREIA, or NACHI.



How is the industry regulated?
In California all inspections should be performed to the standards adopted by ASHI, CREIA, or NACHI. To become a member, your inspector must pass a written examination to prove their competency. ASHI and other professional training and certifying agencies train and certify their members through rigorous classroom and field testing. Furthermore, these inspectors must participate in continuing education courses to maintain their certifications and/or memberships. Our inspectors adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice.



How long to complete the inspection?
A typical inspection will take from two to three hours depending on the size of the home and it's components.



Should I meet inspector on-site to review the report?
This service is crucial to understanding your report and is an important part of any professional home inspection.



What kind of report will I receive?
Many reports are hand written on a few pages, they look very unprofessional, and are hard to read. Look for a report that is computer generated report customized to your home with a photo journal and a summary page. At Affordable Home Inspection, all parties will receive a preliminary PDF report the same evening of the inspection followed by hard copies that undergo Affordable's TrueVue SM quality assurance review, are professionally bound, and are sent by courier the following business day Quick, thorough, and accurate. That's the Affordable way!. Affordable Home Inspection Sample Report



How much does a home inspection cost?
This is sometimes the first question asked but tells the least about the inspector. Fees are generally based according to size, age and various other components of the home. Inspection fees from an experienced professional home inspector generally start at $300-$375. A quality inspection backed by a company who's been in business a long time, with a reputation for standing behind their work sometimes requires a higher investment but it's worth it. You'll avoid headaches later on down the line.