What to Expect From Your Inspection

Whether you are buying, selling or maintaining your home, Cal-Spec Home Inspection, provides professional and quality service from the moment you call us. Our licensed home inspectors will walk through your home with you and teach you as much as you want to learn. We strictly follow the Standards of Practice for home inspectors established by InterNACHI, the leading home inspection association.

After we walk through the home together, we will explain the general condition of the home and systems with you and your agent. We will talk through any major issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. We will also mention the items that you will want to keep an eye on for deferred maintenance. All of this will be detailed in our easy-to-read Spectora report, that will be delivered in HTML and/or PDF format. From that report, you’ll be able to see the items we discussed, with images for reference.

What's Included in a Home Inspection

Cal-Spec Home Inspection thoroughly inspects and reports on the following:

  • Structural Systems

    Foundations, grading & drainage, basements, walkways, and floor, wall and ceiling structures.

  • Roofing

    Roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings and skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations.

  • Electrical Systems

    Service entrance and panels, branch circuits, connected devices and fixtures, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and making sure your outlets are GFCI-protected.

  • Plumbing

    Fixtures and faucets, water supply systems, drain, waste and vent systems, water heater, vents, flues and chimneys, and any sump pumps or fuel storage and distribution systems.

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems

    Heating and cooling equipment, ducts, vents and flues.

  • Appliances

    Dishwasher, garbage disposal, range hood, range or oven, cooktop, microwave, trash compactor, bathroom exhaust fans, garage door operator, and other built-in appliances.

How Technology Is Changing Your Expectations

Infrared Thermography (IRT)

The prolific use of digital photos has been an industry standard for some time now in home inspection reports. Since photos capture the visible condition of a component or material in a snapshot of clear living color, who doesn’t appreciate their superiority to a bunch of words in understanding a complicated document? What originally started as an option for your inspection report has progressively evolved into an industry standard.

While we carefully examine your choice of home, on any given home inspection, we are still limited by what we can see and witness even with multiple digital photos. Why is that? Because inspectors do not perform invasive investigations, like cutting an opening in drywall or dismantling HVAC ducting, the most meticulous inspector may very well be unable to notice potential or even current issues, if there is no visible evidence at the time. Is there anything that can help?

A relatively new technology for us in recent years has been infrared thermography cameras. This exciting new tool allows the inspector to view and take note of current and even potential problems that are invisible to the naked eye. For specifics, please see our articles on the advantages of IRT (infrared thermography).

Here, at Cal-Spec Home Inspections, we have made a decision to offer IRT inspections as a standard for our customers—-at no extra cost—- because we believe this new tool can arm you with a better understanding of the inner workings of your home. And that should be what every conscientious home inspector wants to offer as part of their qualified package. Please communicate any specific concerns you may already have; we hope to engage your peace of mind when you employ our professional services.

As you are no doubt well aware, though, we do not live in a perfect world. While technology can be used to benefit us in multiple ways, the simple truth is that it has it’s limitations as well. For this reason, when possible, other tools are used to verify Thermal Images, but even with these considerations we do not claim to have x-ray vision. Also, conditions may change and cause the apparent temperature readings revealed in Thermal Images to be different at any given time.

So, keep your expectations realistic. While Infrared Thermal Imaging is a far better diagnostic tool than the naked eye, it does not guarantee 100% accuracy, unless removal or destruction of components can be achieved to validate findings. However, can you afford to miss what it may find on your home inspection?

Don’t wait – Schedule your inspection today!

Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make.

Protect that investment and the future it represents by working with Cal-Spec Inspections.