NICE TO MEET YOU.

For the past 35 years, HouseMaster has been doing what we love – helping our customers feel confident. As part of your experience with our team, you receive benefits from all of our professional training, systems, and tools. You will also gain peace of mind and knowledge to make the most informed decision for your family.

Thank you for helping us investigate or new home purchase. It was interesting to be the Buyer and not just the Realtor of this transaction. I would not have trusted any other home inspector with my own personal purchase. Thank you so much Richard!!

– Tami & Doug
Ojai, CA

Richard was the most knowledgeable and professional inspector we have ever met! Excellent and valuable service.

– Doug & Helen Fabian
Santa Barbara, CA

Dayne did an excellent job. Was professional and knowledgeable. I am a structural engineer and work in the industry. I felt confident in what Dayne was telling me. Thanks!

– Carissa & Paul B.
Santa Barbara, CA

Dayne is great. Professional, yet friendly and thorough. While he looks and is young, he has a ton of experience and I never hesitate to ask for him!

– Ruth Ann B.
Santa Barbara, CA

Richard's professionalism and expertise is matched by his people skills, always a pleasure to work with him.

– William E.
Solvang, CA

ROOFING

ROOFING

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible roof covering materials, (shingles), flashings at roof penetrations and valleys, skylights, chimneys, gutters and downspouts. We will assess the condition of these elements for proper function; looking for evidence of leakage or worn, damage, or missing components. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

EXTERIOR ELEMENTS

EXTERIOR ELEMENTS

Here is a general description of what we look for in an inspection: Visible siding and trim, windows, doors, garages, porches, decks, stairs, and railings. We will assess the condition of these elements for proper construction and function; looking for evidence of damage, missing components or other conditions that might lead to infiltration, or functional concerns. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible areas of all walls, ceilings, stairways, representative windows and doors, and attic areas. We will look for signs of leakage and damage, sagging or other significant structural concerns. Representative windows will be operated to determine function. In accessible attics, besides assessing structural components, we will note insulation and ventilation conditions. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE

FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible load-bearing framing components, foundation walls, slabs, piers and columns and other major structural components found in basements and crawlspaces. Visible and readily accessible structural components will be assessed for function and presence of damage, decay or other defects. We will look for water penetration conditions at below grade areas. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

KITCHEN

KITCHEN

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Plumbing fixtures, built-in appliances such as the dishwasher, cooktop, ovens, ventilators and built in cabinetry. We will check plumbing fixtures looking for water pressure or drainage issues and visible signs of leaks. We will check basic operational modes of the appliances and ventilators and look at cabinets and countertops for significant deficiencies. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

HEATING SYSTEM

HEATING SYSTEM

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible components of the central heating system (boilers, furnaces, heat pumps and electric baseboards) including associated fuel-supply piping, venting, and the heat distribution system (ductwork or piping). Readily visible components of fireplaces and stoves are also inspected. We will operate the heating system, subject to seasonal conditions, to assess for proper burner operation and visible fuel supply piping or venting issues. The condition of visible portions of the distribution system and presence of a functional heat supply to each area of the house will be noted. We will assess the physical condition of readily accessible fireplace components including exteriors of chimneys and vents. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

COOLING SYSTEM

COOLING SYSTEM

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible components of the central air conditioning or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution system ductwork. We will operate the system, subject to seasonal conditions, to assess function and check the condition of the accessible indoor and outdoor components. The distribution system will be assessed for functional cooling to each area of the house. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

ELECTRICAL

ELECTRICAL

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible service panels components and household wiring and devices. We will assess the condition of readily accessible panel components, note the presence of GFCIs, AFCIs and smoke alarms and check the operation of representative outlets, switches, fixtures and other devices. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

PLUMBING

PLUMBING

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible water supply piping, distribution piping, waste system piping, water heaters and plumbing fixtures. The inspection includes assessment of the physical condition of piping, kitchen and bathroom fixtures such as tubs, showers, toilets, and the operation of the fixtures to assess for the presence of functional flow and drainage and leakage. The physical condition and operation of water heating components will also be assessed. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

RADON SCREENING

RADON SCREENING

A radon screening consists of a short-term test by a qualified individual to determine the possible presence of elevated levels of radon gas pursuant to local regulations or practices for real estate transactions. Radon is an odorless, colorless and radioactive byproduct of natural soil decay known to increase the risk of cancer in those exposed. It is recommended that all homes be tested for radon and radon mitigation methods be employed when elevated levels are found.

WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS

WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS

A Termite Inspection (also referred to as a Wood Destroying Inspection or Wood Destroying Organism Inspection) includes a visual examination of the readily accessible areas of the home for evidence of wood-destroying insect activity such as termites, or carpenter ants or the visible damage caused by infestations.

WATER TESTING

WATER TESTING

Water testing services include taking a water sample following accepted protocols with analysis of samples performed by a certified lab. Elements to be sampled will be based on client request or common local practices. General options include a basic water Potability test for Coliform (bacteria) and other elements such as Nitrate/Nitrite, Hardness, Acidity (pH). Expanded testing options may include volatile organic compounds (fuels), heavy metals (lead, etc.) or other elements required or recommended by local authorities or common practice such as when a property is located in close proximity to agricultural land, mining, dry cleaning establishments, gas stations, industrial facilities, landfills, or other known or suspected local hazards exist.

POOL

POOL

The inspection of a pool includes an inspection of the visible (above water) pool and or spa elements including assessment of the physical condition of accessible decking, coping , walkways, and other surfaces. exposed electric and plumbing components, the filter and heater, if applicable.

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SEPTIC/PRIVATE WASTE

SEPTIC/PRIVATE WASTE

The inspection of a private onsite wastewater disposal system or septic system includes a limited water flow evaluation of the interior drain system and observation of the area over the drainage field. The inspection is intended to determine whether the water flows freely into the system from the house and whether any readily apparent defects are present. A standard wastewater system inspection does not include inspection of any buried or concealed components, a percolation (soil absorption) testing, soil testing, excavation of system components or opening or pumping of the tank.

PRIVATE WATER

PRIVATE WATER

A private onsite water supply (well) system inspection involves an inspection of visible interior pumps, piping, pressure and/or storage tanks and an assessment of the water flow (volume/pressure) from representative fixtures based on a representative water draw from plumbing fixtures. A well inspection does not include inspection of any buried or concealed components, determination of the water supply/source adequacy (yield or well capacity) or water quality.

LEAD PAINT SCREENING

LEAD PAINT SCREENING

This screening includes taking one or more samples of paint on surfaces inside and/or outside of the home following recognized protocol, with analysis by a certified lab. A lead paint screening is not intended to determine whether lead is a hazard; rather it determines whether sampled surfaces contain lead-based paint. Sampling can include bulk sampling, which includes removing paint chips and then forwarding to a qualified laboratory for analysis include or use of XRF (x-ray fluorescence) equipment.

MOLD SCREENING

MOLD SCREENING

Mold screening consists of air and/or surface (bulk) sampling to determine the possible presence of elevated levels of mold spores or verify the presence of a mold growth at suspect areas. Basic mold screening generally includes one air sample in one interior area of the house and one outdoor control sample, with surface sampling of random or client requested suspect mold growths. Air and bulk samples are processed by a qualified laboratory to determine results. Mold levels are subject to constant change due to house construction, maintenance issues, component deterioration, climatic conditions, indoor air quality, and other factors. The need for additional bulk, surface or air sampling or a mold assessment may be indicated by results of a basic mold screening or other reported conditions or changes in conditions.

EIFS WATER INTRUSION INSPECTION

EIFS WATER INTRUSION INSPECTION

An water intrusion inspection of a house clad with EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System, also known as Synthetic Stucco) includes a visual inspection of exterior areas and invasive testing of one or more exterior walls to determine the type siding material, its condition, evidence of installation deficiencies, and where warranted, limited water intrusion testing using moisture meters and/or other devices following recognized protocol. Testing is performed to identify possible areas of moisture intrusion that may result in deterioration of structural members, mold growth or other defects. The extent of the inspection and sampling may be limited to one area or one side of house or include the entire exterior of house subject to observed conditions and client request.

NEW CONSTRUCTION

NEW CONSTRUCTION

Inspection services are available for several types of new home inspections. These include draw inspection (verification of installed elements for lender release of funds); phase inspections (a series of inspections conducted at several stage of the construction process); and inspections of completed new homes ready for occupancy. Phase and completed home inspections, provide an assessment of the condition of installed components to supplement code compliance inspection provided by local authorities having jurisdiction over building permits and inspection requirements.

COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY

COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY

Inspection services are available for multiple dwellings and commercial inspection properties. These inspection include inspection of the visible and readily accessible areas of the roof, structure, mechanical and electric components of the public areas of a building, as well as all or representative individual dwelling or office/store units, as requested by the client.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION

A preventive maintenance inspection involves a review of the condition and maintenance of the exterior and interior components of a home and the systems. We will look at the conditions of the roof, flashings, insulation issues, heating and air conditioning units, grading, the proper function of appliances and plumbing and check representative electric components & smoke alarms to determine condition, any deferred maintenance and recommended action.

WETT INSPECTIONS (Canada)

WETT INSPECTIONS (Canada)

A WETT inspection is an inspection of solid-fuel-burning fireplaces, stoves and other appliances conducted by an inspector trained and certified through programs conducted by the Wood Energy Technology Transfer, Inc. A WETT inspection includes inspection of all readily visible components of wood-burning fireplaces and appliances and connected chimneys to determine whether code compliant, installed correctly, properly maintained and safe. WETT inspections are often required in Canada in order to obtain homeowner insurance for homes with wood or solid fuel burning appliances.

WIND MITIGATION

WIND MITIGATION

Wind mitigation inspections are conducted to identify whether construction features that have been shown to reduce losses in hurricanes, such as a roof framing connectors, gable end bracing, impact resistant windows, shutters and opening protection, and secondary water resistance barrier are present. Homes with wind mitigation reports indicating the presence of features to minimize wind damage can qualify for insurance discounts. Wind mitigation inspections are performed by individuals that meet governmental and insurance company training and certification requirements.

BURIED FUEL TANK SCANS

BURIED FUEL TANK SCANS

A tank scan is conducted to identify the possible presence of a buried fuel tank or other components that may or may have contained fuel oil. A tank scan consists of a limited sweep of the surface of the ground (soil) area immediately surrounding a home or building using a type metal detector.  The scan can detect the presence of metal objects up to several feet below the surface but cannot pick up objects when obstructions such as concrete, asphalt, or wood are present at or below the surface. This scan does not include any additional services such as probing, excavation, document or records search, sampling or testing of any tank, soil, water or other element or material.

THERMAL IMAGING

THERMAL IMAGING

Thermal imaging services make use of an infrared imaging camera that can detect the thermal energy (heat) emitted from an object. With an infrared imaging camera, a properly trained professional can obtain measurements indicating temperature differentials that may help diagnose a myriad of potential concerns in a home or building such as heat loss or gain and waste leakage. An infrared camera’s use is limited in situations due to temperature levels and other factors, and cannot see into or through wall, but varying temperatures measured on surfaces may be an indicator of hidden conditions.

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