Tips for Homebuyers
Inside our free, downloadable booklet, we provide you with valuable tips that can help streamline your real estate transaction by making it go quicker and smoother with the help of your InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspector.
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What We Inspect and Why
A home inspection is a visual examination of the home's major structure, systems, and components that are visible and safely accessible. Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it's important to get a home inspection because the inspector can find and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs to severe damage or safety and health concerns.
Interior, exterior, walls, windows, and doors
HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning)
Basement, crawlspace, and structure
Roof and attic
Meet Your Inspector
Cobalt Legacy Home Inspections is a locally owned & operated residential home inspection company in Orange County. Customer service, safety, and satisfaction are my top priorities during the home inspection process. My goal is to help make your home fully operational, structurally sound and safe for anyone that enters your new home.
I made the leap to Home Inspections following a recommendation from a patient of mine who recognized that I had developed some very transferrable skills. As a licensed Paramedic for 23 years, in that time I have mastered the skills of calmly handling stressful situations, delivering excellent customer service, and providing peace of mind to patients and their loved ones.
Paramedics quickly identify the root cause (or causes) of issues and choose the best treatment path while being professional and easing the patient’s mind. These skills translate perfectly into the home inspection business in that I identify areas of concern in the home and show how to resolve them, which gives the client peace of mind.
The goal is to provide a “clean bill of health” which ultimately allows you to turn a house into your home!
We Educate Our Clients
During the home inspection, we will show you how everything in your house works, how to maintain it, and how to save home energy. Scientific evidence demonstrates a solid relationship between housing conditions and human health. I will make sure your home supports your health.
The Home Inspector’s Responsibility
The home inspector is not an expert but a generalist. The home inspector can inspect a home and report upon the home’s condition as it was at the time of the inspection. That is the main responsibility of the home inspector.
A home inspection does not include predictions of future events, house warranties, or guarantees that nothing will ever go wrong. Future events (such as roof leaks, water intrusion, plumbing leaks, and heating failures) are not within the scope of a home inspection and are not the responsibility of the home inspector. Who’s responsible? The homeowner.
The most important thing for a homeowner to understand is that things will break. As time goes on, parts of the house will wear out, break down, deteriorate, leak, or simply stop working.
The inspection image shows water marks in the corner of the ceiling. The water marks indicate that the water leak has been taking place for some time. One could assume that the homeowner would likely know of this water leak problem since it has been an issue for some time.
In a real estate transaction, the inspection report is only supplementary to the seller’s disclosure (what the seller knows about the home), and the report provides additional information to the home buyer.
The inspection image of the roof shows a shingle tab that lifted up in the wind and cracked in half. This is a roof defect that happened after a home inspection was performed. This problem is not the responsibility of the home inspector, but of the homeowner. And it's likely that the homeowner wasn't aware of the problem.
Future conditions are not the responsibility of the home inspector.
What Really Matters In a Home Inspection
My Promise To You
Choosing the right home inspector can be difficult. Unlike most professionals you hire, you probably won't meet me until our appointment. Furthermore, different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and pricing.
Ultimately, a thorough home inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s own effort. If you honor me by permitting me to inspect your new home, I guarantee that I will give you my very best effort.
This, I promise you.