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Real Estate Home Inspectors

January 11th, 2007 · 5 Comments · Real Estate Brokers

Did you know that Home Inspectors are not regulated in any way by the State of California?  Many home inspectors will tout their credentials and indicate that they are "Certified."  The question is, by whom? 

The only certification available is through a self-regulated body, such as the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA).  This organization provides education and testing and issues designations such as "CCI" or "MCI" (Master Certification).  There is also the American Society of  Home Inspectors (ASHI) as well.

What does this mean to a prospective home buyer?  Well, it means that your home inspector may be no more qualified to evaluate your foundation than your Starbucks barrista (or that your barrista may be MORE qualified). 

Often, as a prospective buyer, you are handed a set of inspection reports that the seller’s listing agent had prepared by their own inspector.  The buyer should consider getting their own independent report.  To get the most out of an indepedent inspection, you should ideally look for someone with actual engineering credentials or someone with home building experience for that 2nd opinion.  It may cost more, but if it saves you $30k of termite work or $100k of mold/mildew remediation, you’ve come out ahead.

If not, you may find yourself in a situation later where you have a crumbling foundation, and you bring suit against the seller for failure to disclose.  Invariably, the seller will point the finger at the home inspection reports to say that you (the buyer) had an independent inspection to tell you everything about the home.  This circles back you learning things about your home that your home inspector missed. 



5 Comments so far ↓

  • Nick Gromicko

    For a qualified inspector visit NACHI, the world’s largest inspection association which front-ends all its membership requirements or the Master Inspector Certification Board which requires its Certified Master Insepctors (CMIs) to have completed 1,000 hours of continuing education or fee-paid inspections.

    And yes, they will likely charge more than other home inspectors.

  • Bob Stahl,

    Your real estate agent should be able to recommend a professional home inspector. A home inspection will probably cost you a few hundred dollars – but it will be money well spent.

    If you can, use the opportunity to educate yourself about your new house. Follow the inspector around as he inspects the home – most inspectors will explain the basics about how stuff works and answer your questions.

    At least, make time to meet with the inspector after he’s done. Ask him about any problems he found and how serious they might be.

    For more tips on getting the most out of your professional home inspection, visit to download the free report, What Buyers Need to Know: Get that Home Inspected or You’ll Be Sorry.

  • Lease Option

    Good information for people to know.

    I use to be a home inspector, but I was to slow at it to make any real money.

    Of course most of the agents call us “Deal Killers”, not home inspectors.

    I actually hire one now to inspect any property I buy.

    You definitely need a good one on your team.

    Look forward to reading more on your site.
    Good Luck

  • Tampa Mold Remediation

    It is very important to get a truly qualified home inspector to get to the truth of the matter.because mold porblem is a very big one and no one must compromise with it.

  • Nyc Mold Inspections

    Home inspection is a very necessary part of deciding on a home when you want to buy one.And thet decision has to be made with a great lot of care.

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