At Signature Home Inspection, we’ve been raising the bar since opening our doors in 2002. We bring years of experience, professional training, and unparalleled attention to detail to every home inspection and commercial property inspection we conduct.
Purchasing a home or commercial space is a large financial commitment. Our goal is to educate you with a thorough understanding of the property condition so you can make a confident decision. Contact us at 888-860-2688 to schedule an inspection in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the surrounding areas of California or to learn more about us.
Cheaper Isn’t Always Better
Imagine moving into your new home to find six inches of water sitting in the basement. That’s not likely the welcome you anticipated. This expensive mishap could have been avoided if your inspector was trained to recognize the weak polybutylene pipe in your house, poor roof system drainage, or improper grading at the exterior of the home. These are just a few examples of many possible conditions that show the importance of hiring trained inspectors.
Due to the proliferation of substandard inspection training schools, there are now more underprepared inspectors than skilled ones. To make matters worse, law does not require California home inspectors to be licensed. Some inspectors may even claim that they are “licensed,” but they’re only referring to their local license to operate a business — not to professionally inspect a home.
If you hire an inexperienced or poorly trained inspector, you may pay a lower rate. However, you may also pay thousands of dollars later to fix a crucial problem the inspector didn’t notice. We’ve been called by hundreds of clients to re-inspect homes because inexperienced inspectors missed serious problems. Don’t take that risk with the largest investment of your life.
Training and Experience Matter
We hold our inspectors to an incredibly high standard. We require them to be certified and experienced, as well as members of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors® (NACHI). Moreover, we have them train for months before evaluating a home on their own. Even our most skilled inspectors are continually attending seminars and expert training sessions. We also do cross-training so they can perform specialty inspections such as mold testing, radon testing, pool / spa evaluations, meth testing, and more. On average, we save our clients more than $7,500 per inspection.
Beware of Biased Inspectors
Some inspection companies offer kickbacks to realtors in order to gain a greater market share. While this arrangement is unethical, it has recently become a big problem. Since NACHI-certified inspectors are prohibited from offering or receiving kickbacks, several inspection firms have had to leave NACHI.