JANUARY 2004 (Palm Springs, Calif) – The rising number of new homes being built in California is a good sign of economic growth, and the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) encourages all homebuyers, including those constructing their dream house, to retain the services of a professional home inspector before taking occupancy. Homebuyers building their new dream house have many important decisions and considerations. They need to know that someone is looking out for them with independent, unbiased professional eyes.
CREIA has partnered with the International Code Council ( www.ICCsafe.org ) in the development of a special designation to help new home buyers identify specialists in new home construction inspection. The designation, CREIA New Construction Specialist (CNCS) is the standard for which professional home inspectors are being measured in their knowledge of new construction techniques, construction codes and a new home's systems and components.
Also know as an “in-progress” inspection, a new home construction inspection is an independent, third party inspection to ensure that the work completed is in compliance with plans, specifications, and the construction schedule. Once a home is built, many conditions that could have been observed during construction are now covered and are no longer visible for inspection. Often a poorly installed/constructed condition that could have been visually reviewed during a construction progress inspection becomes covered or concealed later in the building process cause a potential financial burden for the property owner for future corrective action. For these reasons, it is important that a home be inspected during construction by the buyer's representative whenever possible so that any reportable defects can be corrected before completion and transfer of title.
A professional new construction inspection specialist is only looking out for your best interest. Many new homebuyers are now taking advantage of CREIA inspectors who specialize in new construction progress inspections. CREIA has established a specialty classification for professional inspectors who have received additional education and testing related to new construction inspections. These Inspectors are identified as CREIA New Construction Specialist (CNCS); to locate a qualified CREIA inspector or CNCS Inspector near you, call CREIA at (800) 388-8443, or visit their website at www.CREIA.org.
Since 1976, CREIA, a non-profit voluntary membership organization has been providing education, training, and support services to the real estate inspection industry and to the public. Inspectors must adhere to CREIA's Code of Ethics and follow the Standards of Practice developed by the association. These Standards of Practice have been recognized by the State of California, and are considered the source for home inspector Standard of Care by the real estate and legal communities.
CREIA requires its members to successfully pass a comprehensive written examination of property systems and complete 30 hours of continuing education each year. Members can accumulate credits through various sources of education including monthly chapter meetings, conferences, and other approved activities. CREIA keeps records to ensure that members are complying with the requirements. Educational topics cover a variety of technical subjects including updates and advances affecting the profession of real estate inspection. CREIA is dedicated to consumer protection and education.