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Welcome to Housecheck Inspection Services, locally owned and operated, and dedicated to meeting your highest expectations for a home inspection.  I am a Certified Master Inspector, a seasoned professional, having performed thousands of inspections in Northern California's wine country for the last sixteen years. The dictionary defines a "professional" as "skilled, proficient, knowledgeable, prepared, talented, competent, and experienced," in other words, a master of his craft. 

I realize that you don't buy a house every day and probably do not know what to look for in a home inspector, so let me help you get the best value for your money.  By hiring the finest home inspector you can find, you get a thorough inspection covered by errors and omissions insurance, a 90 day warranty, unmatched customer service and an easy-to-read detailed report that you can understandthat you can understandthat you can understandthat on every room, system and component with lots of pictures.   No insurance?  No pictures in the report?  Red flag!

One home inspector is not the same as another in California.  Even with three identical quotes, you would receive three very different inspection reports, at least one of which might be missing key information.  The report is a direct reflection of the inspector's knowledge and expertise.  Look at any sample report.  Can you understand it?  It should not resemble a contractor's checklist.

Judge the home inspector by the quality of the Inspection Report which should speak for itself.  The report should be well written, skillfully prepared, and leave nothing to your imagination.  It must cover every room, component and system.  It should not require anyone to interpret it.  My reports are 60+ pages specific to your property with no fillers added.  My report is designed to walk you through each area of the house and show you what I saw and report on it right then and there.

An inspection, like a diagnosis, is not the place for bargain hunting.  Only an all inclusive, easy to read and understand home inspection report is a bargain, whatever the fee.   A home inspection costs relatively little compared to real estate commissions and down payments, but "the home inspection is the most important part of the real estate transaction" according to Consumer Reports Magazine. 

The home inspection industry is largely unregulated in California.  Don't let anyone mislead you by claiming to be a State Certified or a Licensed and Bonded home inspector because there is no such thing.  Only in California can somebody be a dog catcher on Tuesday and be a home inspector on Wednesday, and I promise you I'm not making this up.  California does not license home inspectors.

CALIFORNIA TRADE PRACTICE ACT 338 prohibits home inspectors from repairing properties that they have inspected.

SB442 NEW CALIFORNIA POOL SAFETY ACT applies to single family dwellings with existing swimming pools.  As of January 1, 2018, State requires a home inspector to report on all Seven safety feature categories and all seven safety features must be addressed.  This is not optional for any home inspector.  This is mandatory.



As a professional, I maintain my long standing memberships in the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), the two largest and most prominent national home inspector associations who set the standards for industry-wide protocols.

*  Experienced, over sixteen years of home inspecting
Certified Master Inspector (NACHI) - international certification
*  ASHI Certified Inspector (ASHI) - international certification

Certified Master Inspector (AII) - national certification
*  Past President, American Institute of Inspectors (AII) - 3 terms
CREIA Master Inspector (CREIA) - California certification
*   Former Region 1 Director, California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA)
*   Professional Home Inspector (EBPHI) - national certification, requisite for license

Commercial Building Inspector (Carson Dunlop Weldon) - international certification
  Certified FHA/HUD Inspector, S0770 - federal certification
*  Former City Building Inspector (City of Clearlake)

*  Over 50 certifications in various disciplines
*  A+ Rating from Better Business Bureau for ethical business practices

As a former contractor, I can tell you that home inspecting demands far more detailed education in every discipline than a general contractor.  A professional home inspector must possess a unique combination of disciplines, skills and education involving many elements that are particularly complex in order to perform the very detailed job of investigating a home’s structure and components.


California has no requirements for education, training, insurance or conduct of home inspectors. 

What sets Housecheck apart - (1) locally owned and operated, (2) highest level certifications, (3) advanced continuing education, (4) extensive home inspection experience, (5) professional, high-quality, detailed reports, (6) errors and omissions insurance, and (7) outstanding customer service. 

TRAINING - Going online with a credit card cannot provide training.  As with any legitimate profession, an apprenticeship with a seasoned professional referred to in the industry as “ride-alongs” must be served.  But many inspectors lack this vital step and have no training.  Many do not provide service contracts or the  Standards of Practice to their clients, and most do not carry any insurance.  They just make it up as they go along, producing a minimal report that will leave you with more questions than answers.  

EXPERIENCE - Another thing a home inspector can't buy online with a credit card is experience.  Experience specifically in home inspecting can make a huge difference in what you receive.  I have over sixteen years of home inspecting experience, am a former contractor and have been a real estate agent.

EDUCATION - Significant changes in the California Building Codes were made in 2016.  And, effective January 2018, mandatory requirements for inspecting swimming pools have been passed in California.  Continuing education separates a professional home inspector from the others.  I take audited classes and proctored exams.  It is necessary to keep abreast of new materials, advanced methods, code changes and different applications.  I have attended Conferences and Seminars all over the United States to obtain advanced education.

EQUIPMENT - I use state of the art equipment: tablets, drones, infrared camera, laser devices, and the most sophisticated software utilizing the Cloud, in order to conduct the highest quality inspection and produce the finest report available. 

VALUE - You will receive a detailed investigation by a Master Inspector, resulting in the most comprehensive, easy to read 60 page report in both PDF and bound hard copy, along with a separate recall check report, a 90 day warranty on structure and mechanicals and a very useful 225 page ebook to answer any home maintenance questions you may have.  And unmatched customer service even long after the inspection.  


Our main focus is to provide FULL SERVICE for our clients.  We continually strive to improve our customers’ home inspection experience, performing high compliance inspections, and providing a comprehensive, detailed, easy to understand report, unlike any other.  We include these additional services at no cost to you:

1.  WALK-AROUND FOLLOWING INSPECTION - Following my inspection, I invite you to walk around with me to discuss what I have found, explore remedies and to answer any questions you have.  There is no time limit placed on this.

2.  THERMAL IMAGING DETECTION - By utilizing my infrared camera, I can detect costly leaks and potentially dangerous electrical hot spots.

3.  90 DAY WARRANTY - You will have a 90 Day Limited Structural and Mechanical Warranty from American Home Warranty, from the date of the inspection.

4.  INSPECTION REPORT BOOK - In addition to providing you with the PDF of your inspection report, I will mail you a printed copy in a plastic cover for easy reference.  Why settle for an inferior report of only a dozen pages with check boxes OR 2 letter acronyms for you to decipher?   That's not a good value at any price.  My 60 page reports have no filler pages and do not require a secret decoder ring. 

5.  SAFE HOME E-BOOK FOR MAINTENANCE - And, finally I will send you a valuable 225 page e-book.  This book is designed to provide you with tips and information to keep your family safe and your home in top condition.


"You simply cannot find a better home inspector anywhere, at any price."


In fact, it could very well prove to be life saving.  Don't hire just anyone.  This is your last opportunity to gain information and understanding on a property which is a major long-term financial commitment.

Why not get the best you can find?  I provide a 60+ page, room-by-room, system-by-system report written in plain English with pictures every step of the way in a PDF format, plus I will mail you a hard copy with a plastic cover for convenient reference. 


There are times when cheap is just too expensive.  Home repairs can be some of the costliest expenses consumers face.  The few dollars you think you could save may cost you thousands of dollars down the road because of missed or overlooked defects, some of which can injure or even kill you. 

Identifying potential problems with a home's infrastructure or its major systems before close of escrow can ultimately save thousands of dollars in repair costs.  Current or potential issues that are identified during the home inspection can then be used as a negotiating tool.  A seller might reduce his price, or may even fix the problem before the close.

The fact is, a large percentage of home inspectors rely on real estate agent referrals to bring in work and keep them in business.  While this is not necessarily bad, it is illegal in states that license home inspectors because there is an inevitable conflict of interest inherent in such a relationship but I have no such conflicts of interest.  I won't minimize the extent of  the issues to please someone involved in the transaction whose agenda may be different from yours.  Neither will I exaggerate the extent of the issues in hopes of getting the repair work which is an illegal practice.  The State prohibits home inspectors from repairing properties that they have inspected.  I will report to you exactly what I find.

Neither will I put my business on some website with a "Home Inspectors List' that misleads the public into believing they have picked the best inspectors out of all the inspectors -- Absolutely False.  Those inspectors on the list pay a monthly fee and there are literally hundreds of websites making these bogus claims.  Those websites know absolutely nothing about the home inspectors except what the inspectors have told them.  What they know for sure is that the inspector's credit card clears every month.  It's just advertising, nothing more.

You couldn't put a price of your family's health and safety.  Your home inspection costs very little but it will tell you a whole lot.  It's worth much more than the inspection fee.  My fees are reasonable and affordable, and depend on the perceived amount of time it will take to inspect the property and to produce a fully documented report.


This law requires the seller to disclose all known issues.  The home inspection report also becomes part of the disclosures but is separate from the seller's form and is not meant to be a substitute for it.  The home inspection may reveal an issue or several issues that had not been disclosed by the seller, or may even be unknown to the seller.  All disclosures are available to anybody interested in the property.

The importance of having access to all the relevant information on a house before making a purchase decision should not be underestimated.  Equally important is getting information that is accurate, complete, and unbiased.  The purpose of a home inspection is not to compose a repair list for the seller.  It is to provide you with total disclosure before you close escrow, to let you know what you are buying, before you buy it.

Let Housecheck provide you with the most qualified inspector and the most comprehensive report you can find.   It's the difference between your peace of mind and nagging doubts.


Without photographs, you get less than half the information.  In my experience as a home inspector, sellers have removed etched shower doors, wood carved mantles, brand new water heaters, air conditioners, even doors between the time of the inspection and close of escrow.  And since they replaced them with like items, albeit of lesser value, they see no harm.  What do you think?

Pictures show why a fascia board should be replaced even if you don't know what a fascia board is.  My reports are unmatched in details, in number of pictures and in readability.  View any inspector's sample report online and compare.


If an inspector has no insurance specifically for home inspecting, you are at risk for potential undisclosed issues.  You have a lot of home inspectors from which to choose and you also have a lot to lose.


You have found a potential property investment in the Northern California Wine Country that will suit your needs and it shows promising growth in equity and profits.  With my experience in inspecting a diverse range of commercial properties, I can supply you with a commercial property condition assessment report that will further reduce the financial risk you are about to undertake.  This report can be used as a tool for negotiations.     READ MORE


Sophisticated buyers as well as first time buyers call me directly to book inspections.  Some are out of state and a few have contacted me from as far away as Japan, Afganistan, and Italy. My first priority is to provide you, the client, with an honest and complete evaluation of the property you are about to purchase.  Every inch of the property is inspected -- all structural, electrical, air conditioning, heating and plumbing are examined.  I crawl under the house.  I climb into the attic and inspect the roof.  I will notify you of any item that has a current or potential issue.



It can happen in a split second without any warning.  The deck suddenly collapses to the ground, injuring and sometimes killing the people who were on it.  About 45,000 people a year are injured or killed in deck collapses.  You may think deck collapses are caused by decades old rotting decks, but you would be wrong.  Most deck collapses are newer decks, improperly constructed.  About 40% of today's decks are unsafe.  Many capable contractors do not know how to build a deck properly.   I carefully inspect the construction of each and every deck.  These collapses occurred in the Bay Area.


A deck may look good, even beautiful, but if it isn't built correctly, it is a huge safety risk.


There are times when a visual inspection is just not enough, like seeing the tip of an iceberg.  In those cases, I use my infrared thermal imaging camera.  Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot.


The cost of unseen and undisclosed moisture intrusion and electrical hot spots could cost you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars if not discovered. 

Here are some issues that I have uncovered even in freshly painted houses.

•   Faulty wiring, breakers and fuses 
•   Moisture sources for mold growth
•   Roof and ceiling leaks
•   Heat/energy loss
•   Missing insulation


Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The release of this radioactive gas enters the air you breathe, causing a potential health risk to you and your family. Radon gas can be found in just about anywhere. It can get into any type of building -- homes, offices, and schools -- and build up to high levels.

You cannot see radon and you cannot smell it or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home. This is because when you breathe air-containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Testing is the only way to find out about your home's radon level. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing of all homes below the third floor for radon.

If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.


For each 1" of rainfall on a roof, there are 600 gallons of roof run-off water for every 1000 square feet of the roof surface.  Most homes have well over 2000 square feet or more roof surface area.  Lake County, Mendocino County and Sonoma County to name a few of the immediate surrounding areas have an average annual rainfall of 24 to over 75 inches of rain.  This is typically concentrated in a period of 5 to 6 months.

This provides a tremendous amount of moisture to seep through a hole in the shingles or around poor or old rusted flashings.  A leaking roof can and often does mean rotting sheathing and rafters.  Larger amounts soak the attic insulation, then the ceilings and even into the walls.  Interior moisture in ceilings and walls generally creates mold which for many is a serious health issue.  It is a huge amount of water seeping under your house if not properly controlled.  The end result is foundation cracking, shifting and rotting wood structure or mold.


Most residential smoke alarms are either ionization or photoelectric type alarms.  Around 95% of the smoke alarms installed in US homes are ionization type alarms.  There are very significant differences in how these 2 types of alarms respond in real-world fires.  Ionization alarms are notorious for nuisance tripping, such as from cooking, steam from a shower, etc.  But ionization alarms are very slow to respond in the smoldering fires that account for most residential fire deaths.


I inspected a large house in Lakeport with many amenities but the grounds were wet and there was some standing water.  There had been no seasonal rain yet, so it was very suspicious.  Nevertheless, I had to call it out as an issue that needed to be addressed.   My client backed off the purchase which disappointed the realtor.  A lot of sellers view the moisture intrusion issues as only an inconvenience and do not declare the issue when they put their house up for sale.  But, this is serious, invites termites, mold, compromises the foundation and worse.  A few months later, the front page of the newspaper shows a home right above the property I inspected.

Home Collapsed Due to Underground Water


In most areas, natural gas is not available.  The majority of propane gas users are not aware that propane has different properties than natural gas.  The following may scare you and it should.

Leaking natural gas vapors rapidly dissipate in the atmosphere and float away from their source.  Though this is dangerous, natural gas is much safer than propane. Propane gas is heavier than air and as a result it drops to the lowest level around the appliance or source of the leak and remains there permanently unless moving air blows it away. Water heaters, furnaces, and propane gas tanks when located in an enclosed area such as an under-house crawl space or basement pose a definite danger because a propane leak will collect or pocket and will explode when the appliance ignites or in some instances even when a light switch is flipped.

I check for gas leaks on every appliance.



        Propane Leak Causes House Fire


Crawling under the house and up into the attic are not optional.  A basic home inspection must include attics and crawl spaces.  Most serious issues are found under the house or in the attic.  

  Under 2 Story House          Hole Burned in Floor Under Fireplace             Break in Sewer Line

I do Lake County Home Inspections, Mendocino County Home Inspections, Napa County Home Inspections and Sonoma County Home Inspections.


By having your house inspected before you list, you will be way ahead of the game.

If you are about to put your home on the market, a pre-listing inspection will put you ahead of the competition.  It will alert you to any immediate issues discovered before potential buyers tour your home.  Then, any issues or repairs can be resolved ahead of time without rushing, which will help the home show better and give you time for repair choices.  This alone can save you a considerable amount of money.  Without a pre-listing inspection, defects can cause unreasonable price adjustment demands from the buyer or even kill the sale and escrow may drag on instead of closing quickly and smoothly.

You will have a beautiful and informative Inspection Report to show the buyers.


Byron: My house sold to the first persons that looked at it. They were impressed with your detailed report and I forwarded the Email on to the Agent and told them you would be willing to discuss anything on the report that concerned them. It is an All Cash 30 day escrow  - no contingencies or reports requested only the septic clearance. Should close on 5/18. I'm glad it went quickly but it still is a shock. -  Martha Lukens (Kelseyville Homeowner & Realtor)

I want to thank you for the thorough, detailed inspection report, which included photographs,  that you prepared for the sale of my home.  I am especially pleased of the fact that you took time to answer any questions asked by my daughter who represented me.  We were very grateful that you could accommodate us on a Sunday since Linda had to get back to work in Santa Cruz by Monday morning.  

You certainly took the stress from our lives by understanding the pressure we are facing to get the house sold because of my health. - Sincerely, Sharon Leah Thorne (Clearlake Home Inspection)


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Housecheck Inspection Services, 21177 Calistoga Road, #1833, Middletown, CA 95461