Home, Commercial Expert Witness, Construction Defect inspector in Pasadena, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Glendora, San Marino, Monrovia, Covina, San Gabriel, Altadena and surrounding cities. Pasadena Home Inspection
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Michael R. Moore - MCI Fully insured with both Errors and Omission
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Pre-Purchase
Brand New Properties

PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTIONS

This type of inspection is our most frequently requested service. It is best to call and schedule your inspection after your offer/counteroffer to purchase the property has been accepted (in writing) by the seller, and you have opened or are scheduled to open escrow. We conduct these inspections on pre-owned ("used") properties, brand new properties, and bank-owned/foreclosed (REO) properties. The building(s) will be single-family homes, town homes, condos, apartment houses, commercial buildings and manufactured ("mobile") homes. For a comprehensive listing of the building components inspected, operated, and reported on please see the "Standards" page link from our homepage.

Brand New Properties: These are commonly referred to as "new construction". Typically you will be purchasing directly from the builder/developer. Occasionally, the builder will have a professional Realtor market and list the properties and they will serve to accept your offer to purchase, complete the contract and related paperwork, and facilitate the transaction on behalf of you and the builder/developer. WARNING: Be prepared for lots of resistance from most builder/developers to your request to have an independent inspector evaluate the property! Apparently, most "new" properties and their respective contracts, in contrast to "used" properties, do not require builder/developers to have to allow you the opportunity for professional independent (3rd party) inspection! We advise you to take an aggressive (pro-active) stand, and under no circumstances allow the builder/developer to bully, intimidate, bluff, or otherwise talk you out of an independent home inspection! We view this common practice as ethically questionable and begs us to ask the question- What are they hiding? It should be noted that although rare, we have inspected properties of honest and reputable builders who were open and amenable to the home inspection process. They afford us free and unlimited access to the property, full cooperation, and w/o time constraints. Our clients have reported that the builder took a genuine and sincere interest in our inspection report, and made prompt and proper repairs to the property based on our findings. In addition, a (unfortunate and incorrect) reply we have heard most real estate agents state when asked if "new" properties need inspections is: "… that there is no need as the property was "built to code" and has already been inspected by the local municipal ( e.g.,city, county) inspector and has passed all inspections and received certificate of occupancy." By definition, "built to code" is the legal MINIMUM standard a property can be constructed to- hardly a complement or a strong claim in support of not needing an independent inspection! As a former builder, I must tell you from experience that municipal inspections are actually quite cursory and abbreviated. Most building departments are understaffed and over-scheduled. It is not unusual for a municipal inspector to have 20 or more stops a day, which limits on-site inspections to only random surveys of components lasting 15-20 minutes. Please understand that unlike private building inspectors, municipal inspectors do not operate fixtures, equipment and appliances. In addition, they generally do not mount and traverse roofs, or inspect (crawl) attics and sub floor/crawlspaces. In our experiences, these locations are where the highest percentage of reportable defects will be discovered.

 

To Schedule An Inspection Please Call:
Michael R. Moore
National 400 Home Inspections
Phone: (626) 246-8833
3232 Brookridge Rd., Duarte, California 91010
E-mail: michael@national400inspections.com
http://www.National400Inspections.com

International Code Council. Certified Combination Dwelling Inspector # 5039922-55
Licensed General Contractor Home Improvement Contractor International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Certified Mechanical Inspector Certified Plumbing Inspector State of California Division of Codes and Standards Manufactured Housing Program

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