Home inspection process when buying & selling a house in San Francisco: San Francisco Real Estate Podcast
Home Inspections in San Francisco
Please see the excerpt below from the San Francisco Real Estate Podcast about home inspections.
Okay this week I want to jump right in and talk about home inspections. Wow, what a boring topic right? No it's not. This is kind of an important topic. This is probably one of the most important topics that you can talk about next to getting a loan and finding the right property, all this other stuff but no one really talks about home inspections. You've seen shows on HGTV and the DIY Channel and everything else on TV, like Holmes on Homes, I can't say that... Have you seen that show? I don't know I love, I love This Old House, I love these old house shows where they fix up houses and renovate them. I kid you not, I've been on over a thousand home inspections. I've seen a lot and let me give you a little bit of my insight into the home inspection.
"I kid you not, I've been on over a thousand home inspections."
You should know that every city does the home inspection process a little bit differently. I'm going to put that out there. San Francisco is different than LA, different than Chicago different than Seattle, different than New York City... completely different markets. I'm going to speak specifically about the San Francisco real estate market here and how the home inspection process works. Typically if you are a seller, most of the time, you will be the one doing the home inspection. The reason the seller does a pre-emptive home inspection, now... this is before you list the house, you go in and have a home inspector come over and they do all their inspections. They look at the electrical the plumbing, the roof, the foundation and they write up a general inspection report. Anywhere from 60 to 100 pages, if you're a good home inspector. I've seen home inspection reports that are like four pages and those are bad home inspection reports. You'll also typically do a termite inspection a lot of times, you'll do a sewer line inspection. Most of the properties here in San Francisco are well over a century old, so you'll want to make sure you're doing the the proper inspection. After sewer I would probably, depending on what the general inspection came back with, I might do a roof inspection and I might do a foundation inspection...