What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional service that aides in determining the current condition of your home’s major systems, based on a visual, physical inspection of accessible features. It does not focus on building code or design issues but on the function of your home.

Please note that the State of California does not issue a Home Inspector License. The service should be provided by a Certified Professional Home Inspector.

Inspections are usually performed during a real estate transaction, but may be done anytime.

Your home inspection will show how your home performs under normal conditions, at the time of your inspection.

What Components Are Included?

A Mostly Visual, thorough (not intrusive) inspection of the home from top to bottom, including the:

  • Exterior
  • Roof
  • Structure, includes the foundation
  • Electrical system
  • Heating and Air Conditioning system
  • Plumbing system
  • Insulation and Vapor Barriers
  • Interior
  • Mechanical and Natural Ventilation systems
  • Flooring

Using a home inspection as a tool to help keep your home well maintained is a wise choice. I recommend that you have your home inspected every 3 to 5 years, depending on the age of your home.

  •  What is Not Included

  • Sewer systems
  • Wells
  • Septic tanks
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Solar Systems

What A Home Inspection is Not

In California, a home inspector may not perform any task considered invasive such as cutting into walls, removing electrical panels, electrical outlets or covers, inspecting with scopes for plumbing, etc.

  • Invasive, or destructive
  • Intended to identify concealed defects (We can not see UNDER carpets, IN walls, down pipes, etc.)
  • A code or design review
  • An insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home
  • Intended to predict future performance or life expectancy
  • An environmental review or energy audit

I do not give estimates for work to be done by anyone other than Scheidt Home Inspection. The State of California strictly prohibits any  repairs or improvements to be made by your home inspector within 12 months of your home inspection.