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San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California which became incorporated in 1928. The population was 63,522 at the 2010 census. Located on the California Coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego at the southern tip of the county, it is known for its ocean, hill, and mountain views, a pleasant climate and its Spanish Colonial style architecture. San Clemente’s city slogan is “Spanish Village by the Sea”.
The median home value in San Clemente is 87.2% greater than the California average and 319.2% greater than the National average. The median price asked for homes in San Clemente is 167% greater than the California average and 498.7% greater than the National average. The median rental rates in San Clemente is 28.8% greater than the California average and 93.7% greater than the National average.
The income per capita in San Clemente is 51% greater than the California average and 77.7% greater than the National average. The median household income in San Clemente is 31% greater than the California average and 61.4% greater than the National average. The median household income in San Clemente for owner occupied housing is 91.6% greater than the median household income for renter occupied housing in San Clemente.
The highest average temperature in San Clemente is August at 69.5 degrees. The coldest average temperature in San Clemente is December at 51.6 degrees. The most monthly precipitation in San Clemente occurs in February with 3 inches. The San Clemente weather information is based on the average of the previous 3-7 years of data.
There are a total of 2 airports within 30 miles of San Clemente and a total of 7 Amtrak train stations within 30 miles of the city center.
The average travel time to work in San Clemente is 3.4% greater than the California average and 15.4% greater than the National average. The number of people who take public transportation in San Clemente is 39.1% less than the California average and 18.5% less than the National average. The number of people who carpool to work in San Clementeis 28.4% less than the California average and 12.3% less than the National average. The number of people who work from home in San Clemente is 16.6% greater than the California average and 72.1% greater than the National average.
Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection
Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.
- Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights).
- Make sure pets won’t hinder the home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your sellers about any pets at home.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
- Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
- Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.
- Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace.
- Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.
- Trim tree limbs so that they’re at least 10 feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hides pests or hold moisture against the exterior.
- Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts, or chimney caps.
Amidst a wave of Chinese import scares, ranging from toxic toys to tainted pet food, reports of contaminated drywall from that country have been popping up across the American Southeast. Chinese companies use unrefined “fly ash,” a coal residue found in smokestacks in coal-fired power plants in their manufacturing process. Fly ash contains strontium sulfide, a toxic substance commonly found in fireworks. In hot and wet environments, this substance can off gas into hydrogen sulfide, carbon disulfide, and carbonyl sulfide and contaminate a home’s air supply.
The bulk of these incidents have been reported in Florida and other southern states, likely due to the high levels of heat and humidity in that region. Most of the affected homes were built during the housing boom between 2004 and 2007, especially in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when domestic building materials were in short supply. An estimated 250,000 tons of drywall were imported from China during that time period because it was cheap and plentiful. This material was used in the construction of approximately 100,000 homes in the United States, and many believe this has lead to serious health and property damage.
Although not believed to be life- threatening, exposure to high levels of airborne hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds from contaminated drywall can result in the following physical ailments:
- sore throat;
- sinus irritation;
- dry or burning eyes; and/or
- respiratory infections.
- The house has a strong sulfur smell reminiscent of rotten eggs.
- Exposed copper wiring appears dark and corroded. Silver jewelry and silverware can become similarly corroded and discolored after several months of exposure.
- A manufacturer’s label on the back of the drywall can be used to link it with manufacturers that are known to have used contaminated materials. One way to look for this is to enter the attic and remove some of the insulation.
- Drywall samples can be sent to a lab to be tested for dangerous levels of sulfur. This is the best testing method but also the most expensive.
Buying a home? It is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. The cost of a Orange County home inspection is very small relative to the home being inspected. The additional cost of hiring an InterNACHI-certified inspector is almost insignificant.
- have to pass InterNACHI’s Online Inspector Examination every year. (This general, not association-specific exam, is open and free to all);
- have to complete InterNACHI’s online Ethics Obstacle Course. (This open-book Ethics course is open and free to all);
- have to take InterNACHI’s online Standards of Practice quiz (This open-book Standards of Practice quiz is open and free to all);
- have to sign and submit an Affidavit;
- have to adhere to InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice;
- have to abide by InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics;
- have to continue seeking skills and education (24 hours per year), per InterNACHI’s Continuing Education policy;
- have to maintain a Member Online Continuing Education Log (free), per InterNACHI’s Continuing Education policy;
- have to submit four mock inspections to InterNACHI’s Report Review Committee (free) before performing their first paid home inspection for a client (if the candidate has never performed a fee-paid home inspection previously);
- within 30 days of joining, have to successfully complete InterNACHI’s comprehensive online Standards of Practice course (free);
- within 60 days of joining, complete InterNACHI’s comprehensive online Roofing Inspection course (free), including all the quizzes within, and pass its final exam;
- within three months of membership, apply for a member photo I.D. (free);
- have to re-take and pass InterNACHI’s Online Inspector Examination again, every year (free);
- have to attend at least one chapter meeting or educational seminar every two years (reasonable exceptions apply);
- have access to Inspector’s Quarterly, delivered to their doorstep;
- have access to InterNACHI’s free Visual Aid Inspection Frames to help them learn;
- have access to InterNACHI’s free library for improving their inspection skills;
- have access to InterNACHI’s message board for exchanging information and tips;
- have access to InterNACHI’s “What’s New” section so they can keep up with the industry;
- have access to InterNACHI’s specific-topic advisory boards;
- have access to “Dear InterNACHI” for detailed advice;
- have access to a time-tested Inspection Agreement, which keeps them (and you) away from lawsuits;
- have access to InterNACHI’s Report Review/Mentoring service;
- have to submit passport photos for their membership I.D.;
- have access to InterNACHI’s free online inspection courses;
- have to carry E&O insurance (if their state requires it);
- have access to a real estate agent hold-harmless clause;
- have access to InterNACHI University;
- have access to the InterNACHI Mall;
- have a consumer hotline for their clients;
- have access to an Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Service; and
- have access to a Client Satisfaction Survey.