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John Mettle
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What is included in a buyer's home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective, visual inspection of the structure and systems of a home. The home inspection covers over 400 items in the building and major systems. An inspection will determine the areas of a home that are not performing correctly and the items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. The inspection includes areas of the home's interior and exterior from the roof to the foundation and the exterior drainage and retaining walls. If issues or symptoms are found, the inspector will recommend appropriate further evaluation. Click here to view a sample report.
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How much time is involved in a house inspection? An average home inspection will take between 3 and 5 hours, depending on the size, age and condition of the home. Larger and more complex homes will take longer to completely inspect and accurately evaluate.

Pre-Sale Home Inspection: A Pre-Sale Inspection is typically conducted prior to putting your home on the market. This inspection provides you with a better understanding of the conditions which will likely be discovered by a prospective buyer's inspector. Identifying needed repairs before putting the home on the market allows you ample time to find adequate, affordable remedies to correct any problems in advance and avoid haggling with the buyer and possibly losing the sale.
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Residential Home Inspections including:

    Single-Family Homes
    Condominiums
    Townhomes
    Row Homes
    Lofts
    Duplexes
Los Angeles
Beverly Hills
Santa Monica
Cheviot Hills
Malibu
Brentwood
Bel Air
Pacific Palisades
Topanga
Marina Del Rey
Playa Del Rey

Service Areas
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Culver City
El Segundo
Redondo Beach
Hollywood
West Hollywood
Westwood
Sherman Oaks
Encino
Calabasas
Toluca Lake
Van Nuys
Burbank
Glendale
Agoura Hills
Thousand Oaks
Oak Park
Camarillo
Simi Valley
Moorpark
Hidden Hills
West Hills
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties
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Periodic Home Inspection: A Periodic Inspection is designed for the homeowner that wants a home check-up and is performed every
3 -5 years. I conduct the inspection in the same manner as a Pre-Purchase Inspection. The Periodic Home Inspection will detect any small problems before they become major expenses, which more than covers the cost of the inspection.

One-Year Builder's Warranty Inspection:
The sale of a newly constructed home typically includes a one-year warranty in which the builder is obligated to correct any problems encountered within the first year of ownership. It is wise to have a professional home inspection performed before the one-year warranty expires, one or two months before the expiration date, so you know exactly what needs to be corrected.

Note: A home inspection is not a home warranty. Home warranties can be be purchased through a home warranty company.

New Construction Inspection: Detection and remediation of any problems before “signing off” on a newly constructed home makes the question of homeowner recourse much less of an issue. Once your custom home is "finished", the paperwork is signed and final payment is made to the builder, a homeowner's recourse is limited. The builder may be reluctant or slow to come back and correct any problems. In cases where there is an arbitration clause in the contract and this situation occurs, the cost in time, money, and stress causes many people to abandon efforts to have the builder remediate construction defects.
Warped or Warn Shingles
Truss Construction
Flashings
Roof Ventilation
Siding
Insulation
Windows
Climate Control
    Efficiency
Electrical
Plumbing
Water Penetration
Walls
Doors
Appliances
Flooring
Decks
Chimneys
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