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What to Expect In Your Inspection Report: An Interview with Balwinder Dhanda of Safeguard Inspections, LLC

By Balwinder Dhanda

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Safeguard Inspections, LLC provides home inspections for sellers, prospective buyers and investors. We are a CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) Certified home inspection company.

What areas does a standard home inspection report cover?

We follow the Standards of Practice set forth by CREIA, that include the following items:

Site and Grounds
Exterior Systems and Components
Roof Systems and Components
Electrical System
Plumbing System, including water heaters
Heating and Cooling Systems (HVAC)
Appliances
Interiors
Attic (Insulation, Structural Systems)
Foundation
Fireplaces and Chimneys

How long is the report and how long should it take to receive it?

The length of the report depends on the number of deficiencies and recommendations for corrective action. Reports are delivered within 24 hours of the inspection.

What are two or three of the most common defect you see in (NORTHERN) California homes?

The most common problems we encounter are:

Electrical problems, ranging from amateur wiring methods to insufficient protections for occupants or undersized electrical systems
Improper or insufficient grading or drainage
Plumbing issues, ranging from old or outdated materials to faulty drains and fixtures

What kind of information about defects will an inspection report include?

We will identify the area of concern with recommendations for correction, usually by a licensed contractor experienced in that particular trade.

Considering there are many states that do not require certification, what are a few benefits of hiring a certified and trained home inspector?

California does not require any licensing or accreditation for home inspectors. This leaves the door open to anyone claiming to be a home inspector. Professional affiliation is important. CREIA members must obtain training with a seasoned inspector, pass a rigorous membership exam, adhere to the Standards of Practice, participate in ongoing education, and carry professional insurance.

What advice would you give to people who no longer want to buy a home based on the inspection report?

Ultimately, the decision to purchase the property is left up to the buyer. Many of the problems discovered during a home inspection can be remedied. Once identified, the areas of concern should be discussed by the buyer and their agent.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

We can be reached by phone at 707-646-9072, or email at safeguardinspect@gmail.com.

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