In my business it's imperative to know some fab home inspectors. If you're a buyer considering a house, I urge you to start with a general home inspection, and then move into the specialists where needed. (Specialists being mold, roof, electrical, drainage, structural engineer, etc.) I have worked with many inspectors, and they are not all created equal. They are not licensed, so pretty much anyone can call themselves a home inspector. To protect yourself, whoever you hire should have the following minimum requirements (don't be afraid to ask!!!):
1. Licensed General Contractor with an Active California License (contractor's license, there is no home inspector license)
2. Has Performed at Least 750 Inspections
4. Have a Professional Liability (E&O) Insurance of at Least $500,000
5. Have General Liability Insurance of at Least $500,000
6. Have Written Proof of Current Insurance Policy
7. Inspector Must Have Client Sign a Written Contract Prior to the Beginning of the Inspection for Insurance to be in Effect.
8. Inspector Must Produce a Written Inspection Report within 48 Hours of the Inspection.
9. It is Strongly Recommended that the Inspector Take Photographs
10. The Inspector Should Not Start Inspection Until the Buyer or Realtor are on Site.
11. All Comments the Inspector Makes Should be Put in Writing in the Inspection Report.
12. Inspector Must be Able to Provide Published Evidence of Defects or Code Violations Listed in the Inspection Report.
13. Inspector Should Not Perform Any Other Service (otherwise it's a conflict of interest).
Above Information Courtesy of John St. George, of California Construction Consultants, 818.784.9900. John is one of the general home inspectors I recommend to my clients. Other general inspectors I have used include, but are not limited to: Mike Bashforth of MB Inspections, 310-519-9970. Lance Hudson, 323-665-5515.