Top 10 Home Inspectors in Berkeley, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Pacific Trends Inspections
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
(8)
I am Bruce Bowen. Unlike most professionals you hire, and is quite normal for our industry, we likely will not meet until our appointment. Furthermore, different inspectors have various qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and pricing. Ultimately, a thorough home inspection depe...Read more about Pacific Trends Inspections
I am Bruce Bowen. Unlike most professionals you hire, and is quite normal for our industry, we likely will not meet until our appointment. Furthermore, different inspectors have various qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and pricing. Ultimately, a thorough home inspection depe...Read more about Pacific Trends Inspections
Porch Pro Headshot 2MANCREW
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
(72)
"Matt was very responsive and easy to communicate with by email, text, and phone. He gave us a quote sight unseen from a description of the number and size of drywall areas that needed to be replaced and textured. He matched our existing texture very well. He offered to work on Sunday and arrived pr...Read more about 2MANCREW
"Matt was very responsive and easy to communicate with by email, text, and phone. He gave us a quote sight unseen from a description of the number and size of drywall areas that needed to be replaced and textured. He matched our existing texture very well. He offered to work on Sunday and arrived pr...Read more about 2MANCREW
Porch Pro Headshot Vista Inspection Services
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
(80)
Roof to Foundation included in home inspections performed by a CREIA, ASHI and ICC Certified Home Inspector in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties. Condomium, TIC and townhome units inspections are also performed.
Roof to Foundation included in home inspections performed by a CREIA, ASHI and ICC Certified Home Inspector in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties. Condomium, TIC and townhome units inspections are also performed.
Porch Pro Headshot Better Home Inspections Inc
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
(16)
Better Home Inspections Inc. is the premier home inspection company in the Bay area. We have been trusted by home buyers for years, to help them make informed buying decisions. Our program has been designed to assure you a thorough, easy to understand overview of the conditions of the home, wheth...Read more about Better Home Inspections Inc
Better Home Inspections Inc. is the premier home inspection company in the Bay area. We have been trusted by home buyers for years, to help them make informed buying decisions. Our program has been designed to assure you a thorough, easy to understand overview of the conditions of the home, wheth...Read more about Better Home Inspections Inc
Porch Pro Headshot Architectural Inspection Services
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
(12)
"Simply the best. Personable and professional, with vast experience in the field allowing for timely and relevant assessment. The inspection report provided was extremely thorough, clearly and compellingly written, and resulted in a quick legal victory. Highly recommended! "
"Simply the best. Personable and professional, with vast experience in the field allowing for timely and relevant assessment. The inspection report provided was extremely thorough, clearly and compellingly written, and resulted in a quick legal victory. Highly recommended! "
Porch Pro Headshot Cascade Sierra Home Inspections
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
(23)
In 2016, James turned over 10 years of construction experience into a new company, Cascade Sierra Inspections, where the product is peace of mind. We provide thorough, accurate inspections with same-day reports to homeowners, buyers, agents and others across Northern California.
In 2016, James turned over 10 years of construction experience into a new company, Cascade Sierra Inspections, where the product is peace of mind. We provide thorough, accurate inspections with same-day reports to homeowners, buyers, agents and others across Northern California.
Porch Pro Headshot IRONWOOD CONSTRUCTION CO
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
Ironwood Construction Company is an engineering and a general construction company from Kensington, CA. We provide engineering and construction services for Civil and Structural Engineering repair projects including structural, drainage and foundation repair and upgrading, new construction and remod...Read more about IRONWOOD CONSTRUCTION CO
Ironwood Construction Company is an engineering and a general construction company from Kensington, CA. We provide engineering and construction services for Civil and Structural Engineering repair projects including structural, drainage and foundation repair and upgrading, new construction and remod...Read more about IRONWOOD CONSTRUCTION CO
Porch Pro Headshot C & J Home Inspections
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
C & J Home Inspections is a home inspection firm based in Concord. They provide home inspection, chimney inspection, insulation inspection, and plumbing inspection.
C & J Home Inspections is a home inspection firm based in Concord. They provide home inspection, chimney inspection, insulation inspection, and plumbing inspection.
Porch Pro Headshot Comprehensive Realty Inspections
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
Porch Pro Headshot Advanced Home & Bldg Inspctn
Home Inspectors
Serves Berkeley, California
Advanced Home & Bldg Inspctn, based out of Albany, is a home inspection company that provides residential property inspections, insulation inspection, and roofing inspection.
Advanced Home & Bldg Inspctn, based out of Albany, is a home inspection company that provides residential property inspections, insulation inspection, and roofing inspection.

Frequently asked questions about home inspectors

Buying a home is the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or looking to buy your next place, there are many benefits of hiring a professional home inspector.

Walking through a home, you may notice a few things you want to fix or rooms you want to paint. The home inspector will assess important HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. Inspectors notice structural or insulation problems that you and your real estate agent probably missed. The inspector outlines all their findings in a report and walks you through the property to explain major issues.

If you decide to go through with the purchase, the home inspection report offers a roadmap for repairs you may need. The inspection report is also great leverage for contract negotiations with the seller. If there’s a major repair on the report, you can ask the seller to cover it or come down on the sale price.

Of course, the main benefit of hiring a home inspector is that they’ll help you avoid buying a home that needs more work than you’re willing to pay. As long as your offer is contingent on the home inspection, you’ll be able to walk away with your down payment and find the property that works best for your family and your budget.

Before you hire a home inspector, make sure they’re certified. Not all home inspectors are members of the American Society of Home Inspectors, so check that yours is. Members of AHSI adhere to a standard of ethics, continue their education, and have access to more resources.

Check to make sure your home inspector is insured. Home inspectors usually carry professional liability (aka errors and omissions) insurance and general liability to cover things like property damage claims.

As part of the home buying process, your local home inspector will have a certain number of days to examine the property. Then, you’ll walk through the house together so the inspector can point out any problems they may have found. In the end, the inspector will give you a report detailing everything you need to know.

When choosing an inspector, ask for previous inspection reports to see how thorough they are. Good reports are thorough and include photos. Reading reviews gives you a better idea of what to expect from the home inspector. If you’re choosing between a full-time inspector and a part-time one, hire the full-time inspector – they’ll have booked more hours and experience.

Of course, if you already have a good rapport with your real estate agent, ask who they would recommend. Real estate agents often deal with home inspectors, so they’ll know the best option for you in your area.

You’ve bought your dream home and noticed some water damage in the basement a month later. You hire a contractor to assess it, and they say this isn’t the first time the basement has seen water damage – the foundation wall is bowing from it. This issue should have been on the inspection report. Is the inspector liable?

They can be. That question is why it’s best to hire an inspector who carries errors and omissions insurance, as well as general liability insurance. The inspector will have to file a claim to cover the repairs, but they will be more likely to cover those costs.

As with any legal action, there’s no guarantee you’ll get your money back. Pursuing legal action against an uninsured home inspector will become an even bigger headache, and they may not have the funds available to cover the repairs you need.

You also have to prove that nothing happened to alter the home's condition after you completed the inspection report. For instance, if there aren’t any issues with the roof at the time of inspection, and you notice leaks a few months after a big storm, the home inspector would not be liable.

The cost of a home inspection depends on a few factors, including the location and size of the property. Generally, you should expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for one home inspection. A few things about local home inspectors could increase that price:

  • Experience - When hiring a more experienced home inspector, they tend to charge more.
  • Age and condition of the property - Older homes may cost more to inspect.
  • Travel time - The inspector may charge for commuting if you buy a country home off the beaten path.
  • Additional inspections - Depending on where you buy your home, you may want to invest in specialty inspections. Radon tests, pest inspections, and well inspections will run up the bill. Ask your real estate agents which inspections they would recommend, and plan for them when finalizing your budget.

In some real estate markets, the seller may pay for an inspection ahead of time. Ask your real estate agent if they trust the company that performed the pre-inspection. This awareness can help you decide whether or not to invest in another inspection.

If you’re selling a home in a competitive market, investing in a pre-sale home inspection may be a good idea. As a seller, some pros include the following:

  • The inspection report will paint a realistic view of the property, helping you and your real estate agent set a competitive listing price.
  • A pre-sale inspection allows you to make any necessary repairs or updates to get a greater return on investment when the time comes to sell.
  • You won’t be surprised by the buyer’s home inspection report. If you’re selling your first home to upgrade to a second, the pre-sale inspection will help you avoid any costly negotiations that the buyer’s report might unearth.
  • If you are selling a relative’s property that you inherited, the pre-sale inspection will give you all the details you need about the property's condition.

While it may seem beneficial to have a pre-sale inspection before you put your home on the market, there can also be downsides. Here are a few cons that impact homebuyers and sellers alike:

  • The seller is legally obligated to reveal any problems with the house to potential buyers. If the pre-sale inspection uncovers some major problems, your plans may need to change.
  • As a homebuyer, remember that the pre-sale home inspection usually benefits the seller. The home inspector likely had the seller’s best interests at heart and not yours. It’s always a good idea to invest in your home inspection.
  • Finally, a pre-sale home inspection doesn’t guarantee the buyer’s inspector won’t find anything wrong with the property.

Recent reviews for Berkeley Home Inspectors

16248

Patrick is responsive and timely

- Jesus Armas
33049

Quick response, knowledgeable, professional manner handle the job, and reasonable price.

- Lily Zong
16198

Patrick did a good job in inspecting the property we purchased. He also provided us ballpark estimation on remodeling cost, which was import to us because we were planning to do large remodeling. He ended up designed and built our project.

16222

Prior to buying our home we had Patrick Burger come to do the inspection. He was professional, and extremely quick to get back to us with finished report. Due to his information we were able to make a clear decision on what we were willing to cover an...

- Carol Green
16669

The inspection report was very complete and my followup questions answered. Advice on the repair of a minor plumbing problem not noticed during the inspection was given.

- Bill DeBord
16244

As a Realtor selling a home in San Francisco 2 years ago, I found Patrick Burger through a similar company referral and was delighted with his promptness, professionalism, thoroughness and knowledge. I them hired him for our family rental and he helped us...

- Linda Dellanini
16670

The inspection report was very complete and my followup questions answered. Advice on the repair of a minor plumbing problem not noticed during the inspection was given.

- Bill DeBord
16203

We used Patrick for his architectural services. He inspected and drew up plans for our already-built house. His plans helped us through the planning process. He knows exactly what he's doing.

- Jon Simon
16199

He gives buyers valuable information. I am extremely impressed with his work.

- Vida Borda
16298

I first used the services of Patrick in 2004 - specifically for home inspections. Then in 2006 I hired Patrick to build a spec-home in Lake County, CA. He's reliable and extremely knowledgeable in the area of home building. Projects are completed tim...

- Arnel Junio

Everything You Need to Know About Berkeley Home Inspectors

Can I browse unscreened Home Inspectors in Berkeley?

We do our best to screen all of our home inspectors. However, there are still some home inspector professionals in Berkeley that have not been pre-screened. This means that their licenses may not be up to date to operate in Berkeley or CA. Always be sure to pre-screen them yourself before hiring. Here are some unscreened professionals offering home inspection agencies:

  • Spottcheck Consulting:
    • BBB Rating: A+
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Jay Marlette's Home Inspections:
    • Services Offered: Home Inspectors
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Mc Caleb Home Inspection:
    • Services Offered: Home Inspectors
    • BBB Rating: NR
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive

Will Home Inspection Agencies work in Berkeley require permits, inspections, special licenses, etc.?

Whether you’re home inspector job is in Berkeley or any other city, you're going to want to do a bit of research before hiring home inspectors. Even small jobs may have certain regulations around them. Often, the home inspector performing the work will have any required permits, inspections, etc. under control, but not always. Short answer: Research yourself and double check with the home inspection agencies folks that everything is in order.

Who should I hire if I need Home Inspection Agencies in Berkeley?

Right now there are about 50 companies in and around Berkeley ready to help you with your home inspection agencies project.

    Below we've listed a few of the top Home Inspectors on Porch:

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        • Noissa Interior & Property Inspection

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          Home Inspection
          Start Date
          Within 48 hours
          Purpose
          Home safety
          Inspection type
          Home safety
          Property type
          Single family residence
          Property size
          1,501-2,000 sq ft
          Property age
          0-10 years
          Foundation type
          Unknown
          Relationship to property
          Owner
          Occupied
          Yes
          Utilities turned on
          Yes
          Specific services
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          Emeryville 94608
          Home Inspection
          Start Date
          I'm flexible
          Purpose
          Home safety
          Inspection type
          Home safety
          Property type
          Single family residence
          Property size
          0-1,500 sq ft
          Property age
          51+ years
          Foundation type
          Basement
          Relationship to property
          Owner
          Occupied
          Yes
          Utilities turned on
          Yes
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          Albany 94706
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          Start Date
          Within a month
          Purpose
          Home safety
          Inspection type
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          Property type
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          Property size
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          Property age
          51+ years
          Foundation type
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          Occupied
          Yes
          Utilities turned on
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