How Long Before I Receive the Report?
The report is delivered the same day of the inspection. Not 24 hours later, like most inspection companies.
Do You Provide Additional Services?
Yes, for an additional fee, we will inspect guest houses, sprinklers, pools, EMF, and sewers.
Are You Insured?
Yes, SoCal Home Inspects is insured by Elite MGA.
How Many Inspections Have You Complete?
To date, SoCal Home Inspects has completed over 4,000 inspections.
What Areas Do You Service?
SoCal Home Inspects services all of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, most of North San Diego County, Southwest San Bernardino County, and South Ventura County. However, we've gone as far north as Bakersfield and as far south as San Diego. The furthest east we will service is Indio.
Do You Inspect Homes Only?
Although our most common clients are homebuyers, we are not limited to just homes. We also inspect commercial properties, condominiums, townhouses, mobile homes, manufactured homes, short-term rentals such as Air BnB, and apartments.
How Long Does an Inspection Take?
The time to inspect has two main factors: one, the size of the property, and two, the condition of the property. Another element to factor in is if it occupied or vacant. However, the fastest inspection we've completed was about 45 minutes. This inspection was for a bachelor-type condo that was about 500 Sq. Ft. Nevertheless, typically, it is about 2½ hours for a single family unit of up to 1,500 Sq. Ft.; from their forward, it takes about 3 hours for up to a 3,000 Sq. Ft. Home; add about 30 minutes for every thousand square feet thereafter.
What Is Inspected?
Every property that is inspected includes the Roof, Exterior, Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Electrical, Fireplace, Attic, Doors, Windows, and Interior.
Is Anything Excluded from an Inspection?
Yes, we do not inspect clothes washers and clothes dryers. Also, sheds, BBQs, fire pits, exterior fireplaces, play equipment, ponds, fountains, pool houses, shop buildings, barns, horse stalls, saunas, elevators, escalators, chair lifts, and above ground pools are not inspected. As far as condominiums are concerned, we do not inspect the roof and the exterior, and this is why condominiums have lower prices.
Are there any Hidden Fees or Taxes?
There are no hidden fees. However, payments processed through credit/debit cards do carry a fee, which are beyond the control of our company. The price we quote you is the price that will be charged. Every now and then, we'll misquote someone. For example, someone asks how much it costs to inspect a X amount square foot home; we'll quote $425, when in fact it's $450. You will not be charged $450, you will be charged $425. However, if we quote you $450 when it was actually $425, you will be charged $425.
Do You Inspect for Mold?
Yes, we actively look for mold, signs of mold, and conditions conducive to mold growth. However, if we find mold, then we ask if you would like to proceed with air and swab samples. This service is an additional fee, because these samples must be sent to a lab for testing.
How Much Do You Charge?
The simplest answer is: look at the top of each page on our website. You can input property type and square footage where it says, "How Much for your Home Inspection", and it'll give you a current fee. To clarify, the inspection fees are wholly dependent on the square footage of the property as well as the type of property. For example, if a single family has a square footage of X, its fee is going to be Y; if a condo has the same square footage, it will be charged less than Y; if a multi family has the same square footage, it will be charged more than Y.
When is the Best Time to Get a Home Inspection?
The best time to get a home inspection is as soon as your offer is accepted. This way, you will be able to have to negotiate any findings.