Inspections FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Sadly at this time California does not require state licensing for home inspectors. Those of us that are legitimate home inspectors have been pushing Sacramento for a number a years now to require such licensing. This in the attempt to weed out the fly by night inspectors and to insure the quality of the inspections being performed. Until then all you can do is make sure that the inspector you hire is certified through one of several nation organizations that certify inspectors through constant education and testing.
No. If any inspector say's they do they're just giving you an empty promise. Only a licensed roofing contractor can give you a roofing certificate. Meaning that they have inspected your roof and feel comfortable in issuing a cert. for a given period of time that if your roof leaks in that time period they will come back and fix your roof at their cost. Home inspectors don't fix roofs.
As a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors it's against our “Code of Ethic's and our Standards of Practice” to do so. It just simply creates a conflict of interest. It would be to easy for anyone to go through and say this or that is wrong and I can fix it for x-amount. At that point does the inspector have your best interest at heart or theirs?
Right now there are over 250,000 types of mold and counting. Out of those 250,000 only about 250 types of mold has been identified as “may be harmful to human health”. The reason being that they have yet to identify a single type of mold that is harmful to all people. Out of the 250 “that maybe harmful to human health”, the only people that are most susceptible to adverse effects are the very young and the very old, they either don't have a full developed immune system or they have a weaken immune system. Also those who suffer from a disease that weakens the immune system such as AIDS or HIV or already have some sort of respiratory ailment like asthma, bronchitis, leukemia and so on. Remember we've been living with mold since the dawn of time. The best defense against mold is education and if in doubt, contact a mold re-mediator.
Asbestos was banned from the use in all construction materials in 1979. If your house was built prior to that you may or may not have asbestos. The reason I say that is because manufacturers that were using asbestos in their products knew the ban was coming long before 1979. This gave them time to find suitable replacement materials before the ban went into place. So if your house was built just several years before 1979 you probably don't. If your house was built in the early 70's you may. If your house was built before 1970 there is a chance that it does. Now with that being said, the EPA suggest that if you have asbestos in your home and your not disturbing it, leave it alone. The only way to be harmed by asbestos is to stir up the fibers and then to inhale them.
You can do one of two thing's. One, go through a costly process of removal. Or two don't eat the paint. The only way your going to get lead poisoning is by digesting it.
No. Stucco is a concrete product and is very porous. If enough water gets onto it water will go through it. The stucco doesn't water proof your house the black felt paper underneath does. Like concrete, stucco cracks. Most commonly at the stress points which are at the corners of doors and windows. The only cracks that are of concern are the ones that exceed 1/8 of an inch in width and/or if I see what is called spider web cracks which is a lot a small cracks in a given area. Wide cracks can lead to the felt paper getting damaged and spider web cracks are due to the stucco curing to fast during installation.