What is a Home Inspection?
A professional home inspection is an independent, unbiased review of your home or property based on more than 200 factors. Because we use the latest infrared scanners, concrete scanning equipment, thermal imaging systems (some are drone mounted), high density moisture scanners, leak detection devices, radioactivity detectors, infrared beam cameras and other testing tools, BAHI’s home inspections are fast, non-invasive as well as time consuming and invasive. Depending on the size and condition of the home, a full home inspection will usually take between two and three hours.
If you have the time, it’s always a good idea to accompany your inspector during the property inspection, so that you have visual reinforcement of our suggestions. We welcome your questions and address your concerns as we walk through the building / property together. If you don’t have the time to participate in the inspection, you will still know the true condition of your home after the inspection is completed. We always create a detailed written report documenting all of our findings and our inspectors provide a free follow-up telephone consultation.
How Does a Professional Home Inspection Work?
- It always starts with an online form, once that is filled out and we have basic information about you, type of inspection you need and the property you are getting the inspection for - we are able to assist you further with a personalized call.
- We begin by asking you about any particular problem areas you want us to focus on. If you have requested a full home inspection, we inspect every major area of your home, including the foundation, structure, exterior finishes, plumbing, electrical systems and roof. If you have asked for an energy efficiency inspection, we check for air leaks around doorways, perform multiple energy tests, check your HVAC systems and settings, evaluate all of your windows and skylights, determine presence of insulation and so on.
- We note any possible problem areas and take high definition photographs as we go.
- Our goal is not only to identify problems, but also determine the true condition of your home. You might have a leaky roof and peeling paint, for instance, but your house could be structurally sound and need very little work to bring it back to its prime.
- When we are finished with the property inspection, we create a detailed report outlining what we found, the criticality of each problem area, and clear suggestions for remediation. The report contains high definition photographs and diagrams that allow you to see every detail. At your convenience, we follow up with a phone consultation.
We Follow Industry's and our Standards
Our inspections are performed in accordance with ASHI’s Standards of Practice. ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) is the most recognized and respected organization of home inspectors in North America.
We also inspect properties the way we would inspect our own. We understand that many clients have limited-to-none construction experience which is the reason they hire us, so we structure the report with HD photos using our own in-house developed software (Bay Area Home Inspections Inspectors do not go through checklist programs supplied by others), our inspectors write each report unique to the property inspected, we try to use language that is easy to understand for our clients. If you need to have your inspection report compiled using construction language only - just let us know.
APR (Approximate Price for Repairs)
Bay Area Home Inspections also has a network of approved contractors that often evaluate of each of our repair sections for clients that request APR (Approximate Pricing for Repairs) with their inspection report. Bay Area Home Inspections is also a Licensed and Certified General Contractor, our APR is relevant to San Francisco and Bay Area so you get most accurate numbers for your 3rd party transaction.