Golden Gate Home Inspections is one of the top home inspection companies in the Bay Area. We provide home inspections for first time buyers, sellers, home owners and anyone who just wants to know more about their home or plan renovations.
If you are looking for a local home inspection near you, look no further, we serve San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. We are your local home inspection team!
Our Home Inspection reports are detailed and thorough with photographs for everything we take note of during the inspection and we can provide you with a walk-through at the end of the inspection to show you the issues that we have found during the inspection.
Sample Report: General Home Inspection + Roof Inspection
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Frequently asked questions about home inspections
Frequently Asked Questions
The average cost of a single family home inspection in the San Francisco Bay Area is $735 and $485 for a condominium inspection.
The final cost of a home inspection varies and depends on the total square footage and any other services added on such as a Termite Inspection.
A home inspection looks at the homes HVAC system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, roof, attic, floors, windows and doors, foundation, basement and structural components.
The scope of a home inspection can be customized to your property i.e. single family home, condominium, or multi-family property.
Home inspections normally take about 1 hour per 1000 square feet. See below for average time frames:
• 2.5 Hours for a Single Family Home Inspection
• 1 Hour for a Condominium Inspection
• 3 to 4 Hours for a Multi-Family Home Inspection
Scheduling is normally possible within 1 to 3 days from the time you call us.
We have a team of inspectors so finding a time for you last minute is possible.
Our inspection reports are usually delivered in 1 to 2 days after the inspection.
Same-day home inspection reports are possible at an additional fee of $75.
No, we do not give prices for repairs on deficiencies that we identify. It is usually best to take the report to a licensed general contractor and get an estimate from a professional in your local area as prices vary greatly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
We recommend working with your realtor or reaching out through your personal network to find the right home services professionals for your home.
Home Inspection Services
General Inspection + Roof
Starting from $735
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This inspection includes an inspection of the roof and a detailed assessment of its subsystems including the coverings, flashings, drainage system, skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations. We then continue to do a detailed inspection of the complete property to give you a full assessment of the homes true condition.
General Home Inspection
Starting from $585
Our standard home inspection is detailed, thorough and informative. This inspection is ideal when you already know the condition of the roof and need a detailed inspection and assessment of the homes true condition.
Starting from $425
Our specialized home inspections are designed for a detailed assessment of a single system of the home such as the roof or exterior or foundation. In these situations we use our years of experience to help you identify issues that may be unique to your home or other defects that may be causing issues in your home.
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Home Inspection Tips for Buyers
Getting a quality Home Inspection is an essential part of purchasing a home. This key part of the process of purchasing a home should never be overlooked as it can be the difference between a great purchase and a bad decision.
Our home inspections are an all-encompassing test of the condition of your home. We check all of the major systems of the home, test all of the appliances, and report on the general condition of the property. Because the purchase of a new home is such a significant decision it is essential that you use the home inspection to detect any costly repairs that may need to be made and to find out the true condition of the home. In the San Francisco Bay Area, many homes are decades old and have had multiple owners or tenants so you want to keep that in mind.
If you are concerned about the foundation, we can help. We have deep experience examining and assessing the many foundation types found here in the Bay Area and providing guidance on issues we may find. We have found through our foundation inspections that most homes in the bay area have some cracking in the foundation but not all cracking means you shouldn’t buy a home or you have to undertake a major foundation repair work. Let one of our experienced foundation inspectors take a look and give you some insight.
A termite inspection is also recommended as it is focused specifically on wood-destroying-pests and goes beyond the surface to find problems. Termite inspection reports also include pricing if any wood-destroying pests have been identified. The work order will have pricing for the eradication of the pests plus the repair of any wood damage they have caused.
Plumbing, roofing, wiring, and insulation issues can all be detected
by one of our certified home inspectors and this can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars on repairs. At Golden Gate Home Inspections we are in the business of not only saving you money but also helping you feel confident about your purchase and settling you into your new home in the San Francisco Bay area.
Take a look below at some of the issues that we find on the houses that we inspect. These findings can provide you with the right information to make an informed decision about your real estate purchase.
Findings from the Field
Foundation cracking is normal in most homes. Sometimes the cracking is due to concrete shrinkage but sometimes it’s due to settling of the home or the lot itself. The cracks in this foundation would be considered minor and something to monitor over time. If this crack widens, then we would recommend contacting a structural engineer to evaluate the cause and propose suggestions for repair. If you’re concerned about the condition of your foundation, contact us to schedule a foundation inspection.
Rusted scuppers are a sign that the roof is in need of service. Rusted scuppers can allow moisture to go where it’s not intended. We recommend that all of the roof’s drainage elements be changed when you get a new roof.
Ridge shingles are the first layer of defense against moisture intrusion. In this example, you can see that roof shingles are missing which can lead to moisture intrusion into the attic and eventually the home. Getting a roof inspection can help locate issues such as these and help prevent costly damage to the home’s interior.
Home Inspection Tips for Sellers
Selling your home can be stressful and the last thing you want is surprises. Surprises can negatively affect your transaction.
Below are some tips that can help you get prepared for your home inspection and avoid receiving a home inspection report that is full of basic maintenance issues. We hope that these lists help you sell your home quickly and with the least amount of hassle.
Before Inspection Day
- Clean debris from roof coverings, gutters, downspouts and drains
- Re-caulk exterior windows and doors
- Repair any damaged masonry on walkways or steps
- Repair any minor defects on the exterior surfaces
- Replace any missing or damaged shingles on the roof
- Seal driveway cracks
- Repair leaking faucets and fixtures
- Repair cracked and broken window panes
- Have chimneys cleaned
- Have a licensed electrician inspect receptacles and switches, then make any necessary repairs. Make sure to have GFCI outlets installed within 6′ of any water source
- Re-caulk around bathtubs and sinks
- Arrange service for your HVAC unit
- Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Loosen any windows that are painted shut
- Make sure all doors and windows open and shut smoothly
Disclosures and Warranties
- Disclose any past fires, floods, moisture intrusion events and major repair work
- Provide any building permits or plans for past or planned renovations
- Provide invoices and warranties for any major improvements, such as, roofs, furnaces, hot water heaters, and appliances
- If the buyer will be present, we recommend that you be away from the house for the duration of the inspection
- Clear entrances to any crawlspaces, attics, basements, storage sheds, or garage
- Clear pathway to the furnace, water heater, and air conditioner
- Provide keys for any locked doors
- Keep any pets in a safe location or remove them from the property if necessary