Ace Building Inspectors
We do our inspections right the first time…everytime

Why Choose ABI

All inspectors were not created equal.

California does not regulate¬†property inspections, but instead inspectors shall only abide the California¬†Business and Professional Code or any established associations (ASHI, InterNACHI, CREIA, ASTM) standards of practice and¬†standard guidelines for a residential visual inspection. There is no¬†educational standard or restrictions on someone to qualify, or requires license¬†or certification to become a home inspector.There¬†are three types of property inspectors. First is a theoretical inspector¬†(studied inspection by reading) or a specialty contractor (43 classifications)¬†or a handyman who has not built a house from the ground up. Second is a¬†licensed general contractor who oversees projects and coordinate the licensed¬†subcontractors for a contracted job. Third is an architect or registered¬†professional engineer who has established mathematical knowledge about the¬†design of systems, components and integrity of structures. The first and second¬†types are not allowed by law to comment about or perform any analysis of the¬†systems, components, or structural integrity of a dwelling as per California¬†Business and Professions Code Section 7196. Unqualified inspectors will just¬†refer the problems that they do not know to qualified contractors for further¬†evaluation for fear of potential liability.¬†Experience¬†also greatly varies. Some inspectors may have many years of experience, but as¬†a handyman, plumber, electrician, carpenter, etc‚Ķ, or they do not have ample¬†experience in other 43 job classifications. Many new and inexperienced home¬†inspectors will try to lure unsuspecting consumer with incredibly low prices. A¬†quality professional Real Estate inspector is not cheap because you are paying¬†for the inspector’s level of education, qualifications, experience, reputation,¬†and quality of report. You stand to lose far more from using an inexperienced¬†inspector.¬†The value of a complete and thorough home inspection by a¬†professional home inspector far outweighs the fee they charge. If you cannot¬†afford the best home inspector, how will you afford the cost of deficiencies the¬†inexperienced home inspector fails to report? If the inspector is not qualified,¬†serious disputes may come up after the sale, and increasing the agent‚Äôs¬†liability.¬†Many¬†of the inspectors most especially those ‚Äútheoretical inspector‚ÄĚ type, make¬†their report just like a ‚Äúvisual snapshot‚ÄĚ of what they see or just simply¬†refer some of their findings to a qualified licensed contractor for further¬†evaluation, because an inspector is not allowed to make any personal¬†recommendation for anything he/she not qualified. Inspector findings sometimes is¬†a typical case of hypothetical reasoning, just like one that you find in¬†diagnostic systems, where one may like to assume first that a certain fault has¬†occurred, and then later to make predictions on the basis of this assumption,¬†and then to verify whether these predictions are true. The problem with this¬†reasoning is that the inspector does not have time to verify if their¬†prediction is true unless otherwise he/she has compelling evidence or he/she is¬†qualified. If the inspector is not qualified, the resulting inspection and¬†report are mere speculation without validation. ¬†Inspectors¬†were only trained to identify visible defects but not trained to analyze¬†defects. Construction and structural defects analysis are usually referred to a¬†specialty contractor and engineer or architect respectively by an inexperienced¬†inspector to cover them from liability. To analyze defects, the inspectors¬†should have extensive experience (hands on) and knowledge (codes, standards,¬†and mathematical) in general building (residential, commercial or industrial). To¬†be qualified to analyze structures, the inspector should be a licensed general¬†building contractor with many years of experience, or a civil engineer or an¬†architect.