Inspect OC Swickard Group, LLC
Residential & Commercial Property Inspections
"Know the condition of your property before you buy or sell"
FAQ - Frequently Asked

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  1. Why is a Home Inspection Necessary?
  2. What is included in a Home Inspection?
  3. Who should attend the Home Inspection?
  4. How long does a Home Inspection Take?
  5. I already ordered (or have had) a Termite Inspection.  How is a Home Inspection different?
  6. The Home is Being Sold AS-IS. Why Have an Inspection?
  7. What does the written report include and when will I receive it?
  8. How Much will a Home Inspection cost?
  9. Do You Provide Repair Cost Estimates?
  10. Who will benefit from a Home Inspection?
  11. How should I prepare my home for an upcoming inspection?
  12. Do you Perform Re-inspections?
  13. How Can I Confirm the Requested Repairs are Completed Properly?
  14. Why Inspect OC?

 Why is a Home Inspection Necessary?

The purchase of a home is often the largest single investment a family or individual may make in a lifetime.  Most real estate professionals will include a home inspection clause with every offer presented.  Experts agree that a complete home inspection is an added measure of insurance with a real estate transaction.

A professional and complete home inspection will help assure all parties that the condition of the home does not have any material deficiencies, non-functioning components, or other surprises that may affect the property value.

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 What is included in a Home Inspection?

A home inspection through InspectOC covers over 400 items around the home.  These items include:

1. Foundation, Basement, and Under-floor Areas
2. Exterior
3. Roof Covering
4. Attic Areas and Roof Framing
5. Plumbing
6. Electrical
7. Heating and Cooling
8. Fireplaces and Chimneys
9. Building Interior

Optional Items (additional fees may apply)

1. Pool and Spa

2. Automatic Sprinkler Systems

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 Who should Attend the Home Inspection?

We encourage our clients to attend the inspection, or at least arrive near the conclusion.  During the inspection, we may verbally expand our findings or include maintenance tips that go beyond the written report  These tips can help the buyer once they have moved in.

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 How Long does a Home Inspection Take?

Most inspections take about two to three hours, but can vary depending on the size and age of the home.  InspectOC will be as quick and efficient as possible, but will be thorough with the inspection.

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 I already ordered (or have had) a Termite Inspection.  How is a Home Inspection different?

A qualified home inspector acts much like a general practitioner in medicine, but for your home.  A termite inspector is a specialist who looks at specific areas of your home for wood-destroying pest infestation and wood damage.

A home inspection looks at all systems in your home, including Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Foundation, Roof, Fireplaces, Interior, Exterior and Built-in Appliances.  Most of these areas, including mechanical components, are not included in a termite inspection.

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 The Home is Being Sold AS-IS. Why Have an Inspection?

Most transactions include an "As-Is" provision, which means the sellers (or bank, if bank-owned), are not willing to make any repairs needed, or requested by the buyer. It is very important for the buyer of the property to have as much information as possible about the condition of the home before removing contingencies. The conditions we inspect include structural, roof, operating conditions of the built-in appliances, and other safety issues that may be present. Many of the material deficiencies we find are not apparent to the buyer. Some items we may find could cause the buyer to decide not to move forward with the transaction. In other cases, the items we find become a list of repairs and recommendations, from which a priority or "punch list" can be created for repairs after possession. There may be some items discovered that are required to be corrected before transfer, regardless of the As-Is clause.

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 What does the written report include and when will I receive it?

bullet A complete narrative-style, computer-generated report
bullet Report is delivered by email within 24 hours of the inspection
bullet Can be e-mailed to the client and agents, as directed by our client

Our report includes information about the condition of the home and its systems. Any deficient areas found during the inspection needing attention will be highlighted. 

To see a detailed Sample Inspection Report, Click Here

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 How Much will a Home Inspection cost?

The low cost for a complete home inspection from InspectOC is small, compared to the potential cost if major deficiencies are discovered later.

Be careful when shopping for prices on a home inspection. Qualifications, experience, education and affiliation with reputable trade organizations are more important than price alone. A low bid on a home inspection may just provide you with what you pay for.

If you are interested in a FREE quote for your home inspection, please call or email us.  We would be happy to provide you with the details and answer other questions you may have.

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 Do You Provide Repair Cost Estimates?

Due to the different trades involved, we are unable to provide you with cost estimates for the repairs on the items recommended on our inspection reports. There are too many variables with pricing, and contacting a number of contractors often will provide a wide range of pricing for the same job. We recommend you contact licensed and properly qualified contractors and ask for a verbal or written estimate for the items you are planning to have repaired. Often, individual repair items can be combined into a single visit from a contractor to be taken care of at one time to save money.
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 Who will benefit from a Home Inspection?

Many parties can benefit from a home inspection from InspectOC.

BUYER:  A Real Estate transaction is the most common reason to order an inspection.  Usually the buyer or buyers agent will include an inspection contingency in an offer.  This inspection contingency is removed by the buyer within a week or two, once an inspection has been completed and the buyer has had a chance to review it.  If defects are found that must be corrected, the agents will help the buyer and seller determine who and how any work gets done.

HOMEOWNER:  Other parties who may benefit from a home inspection include homeowners who have been in their homes for a few years or more.  Even with no plans to sell, it is often desirable to have an evaluation of the condition of your home, which can identify potential defects that can be repaired before they become expensive.

PRE-SALE:  Homeowners planning to sell can have an inspection prior to or at the time of listing the property. This helps the sellers decide what repairs will be made, offers more time to do repairs and can save money. The listing inspection will provide potential buyers with assurances of the condition of the home. This is a powerful marketing tool to show prospective buyers the commitment to repair any issues uncovered during the inspection, and can help remove the last minute surprises that can disturb a smooth sale.

INVESTORS:  Investors and owners of rental properties may want to order inspections on their properties on a regular basis to identify and prevent problems which may lead to vacancies.  Early identification of a problem can provide significant cost savings in repairs.

NEW HOME/ONE YEAR WARRANTY:  Owners of new homes, up against a builders warranty (usually one year), can benefit from a home inspection.  Often referred to as an 11-month inspection, any defects found prior the expiration of the warranty can be presented to the builder for correction or repair.

HOME PROTECTION:  If you are a recent buyer of a home that has a home protection warranty, it can be wise to have an inspection before the expiration of this warranty. The inspection can identify components that are in need of repair. In many cases these repairs can be made, or components replaced while the warranty is still in force.

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 How should I prepare my home for an upcoming Inspection?

If your home is on the market, will be on the market soon, or if it will be inspected in the near future, there are things you can do to help the process go smoother.

For the inspection, access to plumbing and mechanical components is important for a proper and thorough inspection. If closets, cabinets or garages are too full, the inspector cannot move boxes or empty cabinets to gain access to components or plumbing under the sinks. It is important to have unrestricted access to the water heater, furnace, electrical panels, closets and attic openings.

If the house is vacant, it is important that all utilities are turned on. Should the water, gas or electricity be off at the time of inspection the inspector will not turn them on. Therefore, the inspection will be incomplete, requiring an extra charge for the inspector to re-visit the property to complete the inspection. This can possibly affect the time frame in removing sales contract contingencies, or delay the closing date of the sale.

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 Do You Perform Re-Inspections?

For Liability reasons, we are not able to take any responsibility for work that was done by others after our initial inspection. While we are willing to revisit the property after corrections have been made to comment verbally on the visible portion of the work completed, or any additional deficiencies that are found, we are not able to provide a written review or "acceptance" of this work. We are able to re-inspect a property to complete an inspection that was incomplete due to inaccessible areas or utilities that were turned off. There are charges for either type of re-inspection.

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 How Can I Confirm the Requested Repairs Have Been Completed Correctly?

Your Purchase Contract includes a clause - *see below -  for repairs requested by the buyer and performed by the seller, to help assure proper completion with necessary permits, that building and safety standards were followed, and for any warranty or guarantee offered.

* A copy of the California Residential Purchase Agreement or RPA language, paragraph 15 follows for your convenience:  "REPAIRS: Repairs shall be completed prior to final verification of condition unless otherwise agreed in writing. Repairs to be performed at Seller's expense may be performed by Seller or through others, provided that the work complies with applicable Law, including governmental permit, inspection and approval requirements. Repairs shall be performed in a good, skillful manner with materials of quality and appearance comparable to existing materials. It is understood that exact restoration of appearance or cosmetic items following all Repairs may not be possible. Seller shall: (i) obtain invoices and paid receipts for Repairs performed by others; (ii) prepare a written statement indicating the Repairs performed by Seller and the date of such Repairs; and (iii) provide Copies of invoices and paid receipts and statements to Buyer prior to final verification of condition."

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 Why InspectOC?

bullet Professional level of service exceeding your expectations
bullet Scott Swickard, the Owner and Founder of InspectOC, has performed over 5000 inspections throughout Orange County and surrounding areas
bullet Errors and Omissions Insurance, bonded, including Real Estate Agent/Broker referral indemnity
bullet Knowledge and experience with the local real estate market, and years of experience in home construction and maintenance
bullet Certified CREIA Inspector (California Real Estate Inspection Association). CREIA is California's leading Home Inspection association, which for over 30 years has provided its members education, training and support services.
bullet Scott has been an Elected Officer of the Orange County CREIA/ASHI Chapter. Immediate past President  (2007-2008), Vice-President (2006-2007), and Secretary (2005-2006), he is very active in promoting professionalism and training throughout the Home Inspection industry.
bullet ASHI Certified Inspector (American Society of Home Inspectors). ASHI is the oldest and a leading national association of home inspectors. Like CREIA, is dedicated to providing standards and education to its members. Certification in both ASHI and CREIA require high levels of experience and continuing education.
bullet Scott is a California native, with an MBA from Pepperdine University. He and his family have lived in Orange County for over  20 years.
bullet Following the CREIA/ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, an inspection from InspectOC  will give the homeowner or home buyer piece of mind in helping to assess the condition of their home

Our commitment to continuing education, along with an investment in technology, allows us to provide you with complete, professional inspection services.

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