The Home Inspection General is a certified and insured real estate inspector providing commercial and home inspections in Orange County and surrounding counties. Having provided the home inspections Orange County owners (and San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles county owners) have relied on since 2001, owner/inspector Mike Hosseini is committed to providing thorough, accurate and competent inspections using the highest professional and ethical standards.
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Mike Hosseini, the Home Inspection General, ensures that inspections meet or exceed guidelines set forth by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and comply with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the California Real Estate Inspectors Association (CREIA). CREIA's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice are recognized by the California Business and Professions Codes and are considered the standard of care by the real estate industry and legal profession in the state.
Whether buyer, seller, homeowner, commercial building owner, or real estate professional, you are visiting our site because you know a professional, high quality building or home inspection in Orange County can help protect an investment in a home or commercial property. You, like many Orange County homeowners and commercial property owners (and owners in surrounding counties), see the value of an inspection before initiating a buy, sale, lease, or for needed routine maintenance. Please take the time to review my credentials, experience and processes; and feel confident that the I will provide the highest standards in thorough, accurate and competent inspections.
For your benefit, we have also provided educational information on Building and Home Inspections in Orange County and the inspection process in general. Please call me, Mike Hosseini the Home Inspection General, for a no obligation estimate or to discuss your property inspection needs.
ORANGE COUNTY HOME INSPECTION GENERAL CLIENT PLEDGE
I will provide thorough, accurate and competent inspection services using the highest levels of professional and ethical standards.
I will act in good faith toward each client.
I will avoid conflict of interests and at all times remain independent and objective.
I will complete the job to each client's satisfaction and provide complete follow-up service.
I will maintain above minimum industry standards for certification and insurance.
I will stay at the forefront of the industry service and technological advancements and provide new cost savings and efficiencies to my clients.
BEFORE BUYING OR SELLING A HOME IN ORANGE COUNTY, INVEST A FEW MINUTES IN THIS VIDEO AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY A CERTIFIED INSPECTOR WILL HELP PROTECT YOUR MOST VALUABLE INVESMENT
HOME INSPECTIONS ORANGE COUNTY CA FOR BUYERS
First, a home inspection is a visual exam of the structure of a building and an evaluation of its systems. As a potential buyer of a home , condominium, mobile home, or commercial building it is in your best interest to have it thoroughly inspected by an experienced, impartial and professional inspector. The Home Inspection General can provide a variety of thorough, accurate and complete Orange County inspection services . We can provide everything from an inspection of an entire property to an in-depth inspection of a specific system or component.
The home inspection Orange County buyers (or buyers in surrounding counties) want most is one that protects you the buyer, and one that will include a complete top to bottom visual inspection and systems evaluation. For example an inspection report should include the visual examination of the structure, roof, foundation, drainage, walls, floors, windows and doors of the home or building. In addition a thorough inspection report will include the evaluation of systems such as heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, water heater and other important systems.
Mike recommends the best time to get an inspection is after you have made a bid on the home or building. Real estate contracts generally have a grace period that allows the buyer to inspect the home or building. Make sure you instruct your real estate agent to include an inspection clause in the contract making your purchase obligation contingent upon a thorough inspection. And if you are looking for an excellent resource, California Homes for Sale helps individuals find California homes for sale including Condos, Multi-families and Townhouses for sale.
HOME INSPECTIONS IN ORANGE COUNTY CA FOR SELLERS
To avoid unwelcome set backs during the sales process, home sellers are well served by having a qualified home inspection. As a CREIA certified Home Inspector, Mike Hosseini can discover unknown conditions that a seller can repair before placing the property on the market. A home inspection in Orange County by Mike can also facilitate a smoother transaction in this difficult real estate market environment by putting buyers at ease, reducing negotiation points and avoiding unnecessary delays.
California case law states that the seller must disclose relevant facts related to the sale property in a Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS). Section 1102 of the California Civil Code requires that every residential seller complete a TDS for the buyer. An inspection report, while not a substitute for the TDS, does allow the seller to complete a compliant TDS and if the seller so chooses, the inspection report can be given to the buyer to report additional, unbiased information from a third party professional.
As a seller you are not obligated to repair items noted in an inspection report. However, with a pre-listing home inspection, potential repair conditions are fully disclosed to both buyer and seller. As part of the negotiation process, you as the home seller may or may not decide to make repairs. However, keep in mind some repair requirements might be required by law, ordinance, or the purchase contract.
HOME INSPECTIONS IN ORANGE COUNTY FOR HOMEOWNERS
Your home is probably the single biggest asset you own. And like other physical assets such as equipment and automobiles, your home requires periodic maintenance and upkeep. Many of the home components that most often can deteriorate or malfunction are not easily noticeable. For example out of sight leaking or sweating pipes and poor drainage can bring moisture into the house. This can cause rotting, facilitate insect infestations and worst of all mold. Your heating and air conditioning system as well as your electrical system will also require periodic maintenance, upkeep, and depending on the system, will at some time need to be replaced. However, if minor repair and maintenance items can be detected early and repaired, these systems will have a much longer useful life in your home. In addition, existing heating and air conditioning inefficiencies can drive up utility bills while unsafe electrical conditions can create dangerous safety hazards.
Depending on the age of your home, The Home Inspection General suggests that you consider a home inspection in Orange County every 5 years. Just like bringing your automobile in for maintenance every 3-6 months, your home, your biggest investment, can benefit from a regular maintenance schedule. It is not always necessary to have a complete inspection of your home. Depending on your particular situation and the age of your home, Mike might recommend a system inspection. When you call Mike, he will ask you the age of your home, location, date of your last inspection, particular concerns; then he will offer you a free, no obligation estimate.
BUILDING INSPECTIONS IN ORANGE COUNTY CA FOR APARTMENT, RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS
Because of his construction background, actual experience, and CREIA and AHSI training and certifications, The Home Inspection General provides high quality, professional Commercial Building Inspections in Orange County. Mike understands the scale of problems that can occur because of the size and scope of both the physical structure and component systems in commercial properties. And he knows as well as you, that tenant occupied properties can face additional stresses and that minor maintenance issues can go unchecked for too long. Specializing in small office, retail or apartment properties, The Home Inspection General will come to your commercial property, consult with you and offer a free no obligation estimate.
HOME INSPECTIONS IN ORANGE COUNTY CA FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS
As an Orange County real estate professional, you know your clients chose you because they trust you. Mike Hosseini, The Home Inspection General, welcomes the opportunity to meet with new real estate professionals, share credentials and develop a mutual trust. Please call Mike to schedule a phone or personal interview.
TEN IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HOME INSPECTOR IN ORANGE COUNTY
In 2011 the President signed into law a bill covering the HUD federal housing counseling program. Included in that law was a chapter on home inspections. One of the outcomes of the chapter on home inspections was the development a new document entitled "Ten Important Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector." While this document was targeted for homebuyers seeking FHA financing, The Home Inspection General felt that all homebuyers, home sellers and homeowners who are looking for a home inspection in Orange County could benefit by asking these same questions. Therefore we paraphrased the ten questions to relate them home inspections in Orange County and provided our answers. If you would like to see the HUD document with the original ten questions visit this link to the HUD website. Please note, the italics textis Home Inspection General’s Answer and the plain text is the HUD Guidance to the questions asked in the HUD document.
1. What does your home inspection in Orange County cover?
Home Inspection General Answer: " For each home inspection in Orange County we provide a four part contract written in plain English that our clients love. Section I defines the Scope to the Inspection. Section II is the Standards and Practices which spells out what we will - and just as importantly - what we will not inspect. This section has 9 parts which specifically details what we will be inspecting and what we will not. The 9 parts are: Foundations, Basement and Under Flooring; Exterior; Roof Covering; Attic Areas & Roof Framing; Plumbing; Electrical; Heating & Cooling; Fireplace & Chimney; Building Exterior. Section III covers Limitations, Exceptions and Exclusions. Part IV is the Glossary of Terms. Of course our contract is flexible because we have found each home inspection has unique needs. This link take you to contract that we use for a home inspection in Orange County. Regarding compliance, our home inspections meet or exceed guidelines set forth by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and comply with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the California Real Estate Inspectors Association (CREIA)."
HUD Guidance: The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state if applicable and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you may have. If there are any areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront.
2. How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many home inspections in Orange County have you completed?
Home Inspection General Answer: "I have beeninspecting homes in Orange County and the surrounding counties since 2001. Over that time I have conducted over 500 inspections."
HUD Guidance: The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the profession and perhaps even a few names as referrals. Newer inspectors can be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have access to more experienced inspectors to assist them in the inspection.
3. Are you specifically experienced in home inspections in Orange County?
Home Inspection General Answer: "Of my inspections, the great majority have been home inspections. So yes, I do have specific experience in home inspections. However, I also have considerable experience inspecting commercial properties in the 4-8 unit range. In addition, I believe that having experience as a plumber - and still holding a plumber's license in the State of California - gives me additional training and experience that allows me to provide top quality home inspections in Orange County and surrounding counties.”
HUD Guidance: Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful, but is no substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection. If the inspection is for a commercial property, then this should be asked about as well.
4. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
Home Inspection General Answer: "The state of California has eliminated that potential conflict of interest by prohibiting home inspectors from providing any repairs after a home inspection in Orange County or in any California county."
HUD Guidance: Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest.
5. How long will the home inspection take?
Home Inspection General Answer: “The length of time needed to complete a thorough home inspection varies based on the size, age, physical condition and other factors unique to the home being inspected. In addition, some home buyers and home sellers might want certain systems in the home added to the standard inspection. However, I generally will budget at least 3-4 hours for a home inspection in Orange County.”
HUD Guidance: The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is two to three hours for a typical single-family house; anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.
6. How much will it cost for a Home Inspection in Orange County?
Home Inspection General Answer: "That's usually the first question asked and of course I can’t answer that question based on one phone call. Just like the amount of time needed to complete a home inspection in Orange County varies, so will the cost. But I think the guidance given by HUD is pretty good. And remember, I provide a free no-obligation estimate."
HUD Guidance: Costs vary dramatically, depending on the region, size and age of the house, scope of services and other factors. A typical range might be $300-$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Cost does not necessarily reflect quality. HUD Does not regulate home inspection fees.
7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
Home Inspection General Answer: “Each of our clients receives a 40-50 page inspection report. It is very thorough and includes photographs of areas of the home that we want to make sure are visible to the parties that will use the inspection report. We will provide the inspection report within 24 hours and often the same day. This link will take you to sample report for a home inspection in Orange County.”
HUD Guidance: Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.
8. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
Home Inspection General Answer: "Of course you can accompany the Home Inspection General! I encourage attendance on all my home inspections."
HUD Guidance: This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
9. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
Home Inspection General Answer: I am a true believer in the benefits of being an active member of industry associations. I am Certified with the California Real Estate Inspection Association and Gold Certified with the American Society of Home Inspectors. I a member of the Orange County CREIA Chapter and rarely miss the monthly meeting. I am also am a member of the Orange County Association of Realtors.
HUD Guidance: There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.
10. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
Home Inspection General Answer: “I pride myself on staying on top of current trends and the newest technology that relates to home inspections. I have satisfied the ASHI continuing education requirements and completed over 32 hours of study in 2011. I have also satisfied the CREIA continuing education requirements and competed over 30 hours of study in 2011. I also get a lot of good information at the monthly meetings of the Orange County CEIA Chapter and I read the ASHI Reporter, the monthly trade magazine for home inspectors, cover to cover. You can say I am kind of a Home Inspection Nerd...but if you use my services...it will be to your benefit!”
HUD Guidance: One can never know it all, and the inspector's commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.
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