Does the home have pool?The fact that I am a Licensed Contractor and also having done a lot of construction defects consulting I am aware of the liabilities of being in the inspection business. That's why when I inspect a home with a pool I bring along a licensed pool contractor. Ken, the pool contractor I bring, knows pools and he's able to look at the sometimes intricate plumbing and electrical on pool equipment and spot irregularities and defects. He inspects the equipment and I document and photograph the areas of concern. I then incorporate these findings into my inspection report. A home buyer can easily hire a pool inspector but they will usually charge $100 or $200 more because they will get overly technical and write a several page report of their findings which will include a lot of technical data which I don't think you need. Most people who are buying a home with a pool just want to know if the heater works, does it have any leaks in the structure, is the wiring ok and are there any unsafe conditions that would be dangerous. The rest of it is a visual thing. If the pool is old and crummy looking that will be obvious.
I will inspect the:
Walkways, gates and fences.
Vegetation as it relates to fixtures and building components like the stucco and wood trim.
Windows, doors, siding.
I will check the water pressure.
The foundation and slab.
The roof and rain gutters.
The garage and the garage doors including the automatic garage door opener.
The garage electrical. The garage plumbing. Garage rafter framing.
The attic framing, ducting, and insulation.
The electrical panel.
Inside the house I will inspect the cabinets, the wood moldings.
The ceilings, floors, doors and door hardware.
The bathroom sinks, tubs, showers, shower enclosures.
Bathroom exhaust fans.
Furnace and furnace filter.
Air conditioning including the compressor.
I will check exact temperature of the furnace and a/c.
The door bell. The patio doors and the window screens.
Is There a Perfect House? No Way
Houses are like people, and none are perfect, they all have defects. I will minimize your risk but I cannot eliminate it. See my home inspection image galleries to see some of the defects I have seen. I have performed inspections from Burbank to La Jolla and have not yet found a defect free house. Some issues will jump out at you while others may not. That’s why you need a home inspection. Almost every time I inspect a house I find a defect that I haven’t seen before. Combing over your house and finding the issues that determine the condition of the house is what I will do, and when I’m done you will know what the issues are. It’s more than just an inspection, it’s an education. Some home buyers spend as little as 15 minutes looking at a house before deciding to buy it. At what time during the purchase process will you be willing to stop and take a close look at the water heater, the sink plumbing, the foundation, the furnace, the A/C, and the attic? I will fill that need. I will take that time for you.
You might find a cheap inspection but you won't find a good cheap inspection. I'll give you a quality inspection at fair price backed by the experience of a professional.