Welcome to the Orange County Chapter of CREIA
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The Orange County chapter of CREIA is one the largest local home inspector chapters in the state with over 120 inspector members and 85 CREIA Certified Inspectors (CCI’s) to choose from. The OC Chapter is and has been home to several past CREIA Statewide Chairmen/State Presidents including George Harper, Peter Walker, Alex Kuczynski, Bob Reed and Kevin O’Malley.
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The OC chapter of CREIA is combined with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) to provide continuing education, inspector training, monthly chapter meetings and annual education conferences. Both CREIA and ASHI are completely integrated into the local CREIA chapter. The OC chapter is committed to providing the finest continuing education and inspector training for property inspectors throughout Orange County.
Our members and chapter officers subscribe to a high level of service to the real estate community, buyers and sellers. We believe that education, increased skill levels, knowledge and professionalism are the keys to success in providing quality professional services to our clients. Our dedication to our client is reflected in a level of service that meets client needs for an impartial, unbiased and professional property evaluation. We look forward to filling all of your home inspection needs.
CREIA and ASHI are the only reputable professional, non-profit, voluntary certification organizations for home inspectors in California. Why take a risk using an inspector who is not a member of CREIA or worse yet a member of an Internet based Association. Home inspectors who voluntarily certify through CREIA and ASHI subscribe to a high set of standards that leads the home inspection industry throughout the nation. CREIA Certified Inspectors (CCI’s) must pass a technically rigorous examination process and must maintain their certification status with 30 hours of continuing education every year.
There are still no licensing requirements for home inspectors in California so you truly need to be cautious. There are individuals out there who claim to be “Certified” inspectors who have received bogus certification through the Internet from disreputable organizations out for a profit. Make sure you insist on a home inspector that is involved in the home inspection profession and keeping their pulse on the latest developments in the home inspection profession by attending the monthly CREIA meetings, CREIA Conferences and other CREIA continuing education opportunities. Inspector affiliation with CREIA and ASHI is voluntary and demonstrates a dedication to ethics, education and standards of service above and beyond any state requirements. The CREIA and ASHI Standards of Practice are the only standards mentioned in the State Business and Professions code as the guidelines for home inspectors in the state.
CREIA provides the technical expertise, skill and knowledge for performing a home inspection above and beyond the skill level provided by general or specialty licensed contractors. One of the mistakes some people have made in the past is confusing a licensed contractor with a home inspector. Only the home inspector has the specialized knowledge, training and experience to do home inspections. Many of the CREIA inspectors were licensed contractors in past careers and each of them will be happy to explain to you why being a licensed contractor does not provide the necessary knowledge or expertise to be a home inspector.
Listing Inspection: We provide home inspections for sellers as well as homebuyers. Many smart sellers, with encouragement from their real estate agents, are now choosing to do the home inspection at the beginning of the home sales process. Providing a completed home inspection up front at the time you negotiate and accept an offer is the best way of avoiding costly delays and surprises during the escrow process. The number of surprises is reduced, both for the buyer and the seller. Less surprise means less opportunity for disagreement and less likelihood that the transaction will fall apart. It also gives the seller an opportunity to make appropriate repairs at the beginning so that the home will show better and draw a better price. This can make your property more marketable right from the beginning and reduce the expense of negotiating repairs later on. A home inspection that is provided up front from your independent and respected CREIA home inspector will allow you to avoid further negotiation in the middle of the escrow period where the buyer is typically in a stronger position to negotiate corrections on the defects discovered in their inspection report.
The home inspection process is designed to protect and serve the needs of buyers, sellers, and real estate agents equally. When defects are not disclosed by the seller or detected on an inspection then all parties are vulnerable to difficult and protracted ramifications that could end up costing a lot of time, money, and sleepless nights. Real Estate agents and sellers do themselves a terrible disservice if they use an under-qualified inspector that may miss something or a biased inspector that may minimize or underreport the importance of a serious defect. That is when transactions can blow up in everyone’s face. Remember that most transactions that end up in court include the seller, and Real Estate agent as well as the home inspector as defendants. Our objective is to protect all parties to the transaction through a thorough inspection intended to discover material defects*. When material defects are missed by the inspector, or not disclosed by a seller, all parties to the transaction pay a high cost. Whether you are buying, selling or recommending a home inspector, make sure you use a qualified CREIA Certified Inspector.
New Construction Inspection: The CREIA Orange County Chapter also has highly qualified inspectors who can inspect the new home you are buying or building. Relying on the city inspector to find all the defects in your new home is not realistic. City inspectors, who do their best, only have a very short time allotted for each inspection they do in a day. City inspectors do their best in a short period of time and have a narrower focus on their scope of work. CREIA has addressed these shortcomings by developing the CREIA New Construction Specialist designation that includes a rigorous education and testing program. CREIA inspectors with this designation have passed the International Code Counsel’s Combination Dwelling Certification Test, ICC. These are the same tests taken by many city inspectors. To obtain this designation, inspectors have to past all four tests (Building, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing). Doesn’t your new home deserve the attention that a qualified CREIA New Construction Specialist can provide?
Real Estate Agents: The local CREIA Chapter has programs and speakers that are available for your Real Estate office. We can offer you qualified speakers to provide education training for your local office and agents on any home inspection topic of your choice.
Commercial Inspection: Many of our chapter’s members have high levels of experience and are capable of filling all of your real estate inspection needs from apartment buildings, and high rise condos, to almost any size and type of commercial property. Be sure to check with your CREIA inspector to see what areas they have the experience to adequately inspect.
CREIA has developed a designation that only our more experienced inspectors are qualified to apply for. Besides continuing education, an inspector needs to perform over 1,000 inspections just to qualify to take the test and that generally takes several years of being a full time inspector. This is called the Master CREIA Inspector and has been achieved by inspectors with the MCI designation behind their name.
Find a California CREIA home inspector for Orange County use the CREIA Inspector Finder button at the top of this page and inputting your locations's city or zip code. The Orange County chapter provides service to Aliso Creek, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Atwood, Balboa, Bolsa Chico, Brea, Buena Park, Camp Pendleton, Capistrano Beach, Capistrano Valley, Corona, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Cowan Heights, Cypress, Dana Point, Dove Canyon, El Toro Station, Emerald Bay, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, La Habra, La Palma, Lake Forest, Lake Mission Viejo, Las Flores, Leisure World, Lido Island, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Modjeska, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Orange, Ortega, Placentia, Portola Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rancho Viejo, Saddleback Valley, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Hot Springs, San Onofre, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Heights, Seal Beach, Shady Canyon, Silverado, South Laguna Beach, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Surfside, Talega, Three Arch Bay, Trabuco Canyon, Trabuco Highlands, Trabuco Oaks, Turtle Rock, Tustin, Tustin Foothills, Villa Park, Vista Del Mar, Yorba Linda, Westminster and all of the other communities in Orange County.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of our CREIA chapter officers or listed inspectors.
You deserve the peace of mind that comes from using a CREIA Certified Inspector!
*Material Defect is a condition that significantly affects the value, desirability, habitability, or safety of the building. Style or aesthetics shall not be considered in determining whether a specific system, structure, or component is defective.
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The Hometown Buffet
1008 East 1th Street
Santa Ana, CA, 92704 USA
$25.00 No reservation needed - Contact Rick Yerger, OC Chapter President for more information. Meeting includes a full dinner and attendees receive 2 CREIA/ASHI Continuing Education Credits (CEC/MRCs). Come at 5:30 for a free pre-meeting education session for an added 1 CEC.
Meetings are on the 3rd Monday of each Month, with the exception of January and February. Those are on the 4th Monday of those months.
The Orange County Chapter members provide real estate and home inspection services to the following California Communities:
Aliso Creek, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Atwood, Balboa, Bolsa Chico, Brea, Buena Park, Camp Pendleton, Capistrano Beach, Capistrano Valley, Corona, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Cowan Heights, Cypress, Dana Point, Dove Canyon, El Toro Station, Emerald Bay, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, La Habra, La Palma, Lake Forest, Lake Mission Viejo, Las Flores, Leisure World, Lido Island, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Modjeska, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Orange, Ortega, Placentia, Portola Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rancho Viejo, Saddleback Valley, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Hot Springs, San Onofre, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Heights, Seal Beach, Shady Canyon, Silverado, South Laguna Beach, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Surfside, Talega, Three Arch Bay, Trabuco Canyon, Trabuco Highlands, Trabuco Oaks, Turtle Rock, Tustin, Tustin Foothills, Villa Park, Vista Del Mar, Yorba Linda, Westminster