Inspection Information


Welcome Real Estate Professionals

CREIA InspectionSince there is no licensing of home inspectors in California, it is imperative that real estate service providers recommend a qualified professional. The following tips can help:

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Preparing for a Home Inspection

"Seller shall make the property available for all buyer investigations. Seller shall have water, gas, electricity and all operable pilot lights on for Buyer’s investigations and through the date possession is made available to Buyer.” (Excerpt from: Paragraph 9B of the California Association of Realtors® California Residential Purchase Agreement)

Having everything ready for the inspection can prevent unnecessary delays. For liability reasons home inspectors do not move personal belongings. Most home inspectors will charge an additional fee if they must return to the property to inspect item which were not accessible.

The seller should verify that:

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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.

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Building a Brand New Dream Home?

CREIA InspectionWhether it’s custom or tract built, if you are building a brand new home, you need to know that someone is looking out for you with independent, unbiased professional eyes. Find out more about CREIA New Construction Specialist (CNCS) designation, and then find an inspector here.