Homebuyers / Sellers


A home inspection is an independent, unbiased review and report on a home’s systems, components and conditions. Consumers and real estate professions should expect no less than full professionalism, education, competence, credentials, knowledge, courtesy and an adherence to CREIA’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

CREIA Inspectors Help Home Buyers and SellersThe State of California does NOT license home inspectors. CREIA takes the lead in requiring adherence to our Code of Ethics and following our Standards of Practice. With more than 1,100 members, CREIA has been successfully setting the standard – in the field, in the courtroom and in the legislature – for more than a quarter of century. 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.

We are the oldest and largest nonprofit state inspector association in the country…and we are California- specific in our education and consumer outreach. Since 1976, CREIA has been dedicated to enhancing consumer protection and promoting public awareness. CREIA requires its members to successfully pass a written test of property systems and complete 30 hours of education each year.

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Ask To See The CREIA Badge!

CREIA Certified Home InspectorThe name that appears on the badge identifies that person as a qualified Inspector Member of the California Real Estate Inspection Association. It is a badge of distinction as it identifies that inspector as having successfully passed a comprehensive written examination of property systems and who has maintained a minimum 30 hours of continuing education each year. The badge assures REALTORS® and consumers that the Inspector has been tested and qualified to CREIA’s Standards of Practice. It further is a badge of honor as CREIA’s Code of Ethics requires a high degree of professionalism and integrity, and that an Inspector member act fairly and impartially. Any conflict of interest activity must be avoided in order to assure the consumer a completely objective inspection.

Specifically, CREIA members may NOT:

Many inspectors claim to be CREIA members or claim their reports meet or follow CREIA’s Standards of Practice. Do not be fooled; ask to see the CREIA BADGE. Only inspectors who meet CREIA’s rigorous professional and educational requirement may qualify as members. At the bottom of the badge you will see a date that the membership is good through. Only a membership badge with a current date signifies the member as a current member in good standing. Ask your inspector to SHOW THE CREIA BADGE. Click here to verify a CREIA certified inspector in your area.