Top 3 Home Inspectors in San Francisco, CA

Porch Pro Headshot 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
2638 Baldwin Ln, Walnut Creek, CA
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2MANCREW

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"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
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.
Serves San Francisco, California

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Porch Pro Headshot PCA Inspections
Home Inspectors
2453 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA
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PCA Inspections specializes in performing residential inspections and commercial building inspections. Our home inspectors have experience in construction, engineering, and building science. We perform such services as seller inspections, buyer inspections, homeowner inspections, seismic assessmen...Read more about PCA Inspections
2453 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA
PCA Inspections specializes in performing residential inspections and commercial building inspections. Our home inspectors have experience in construction, engineering, and building science. We perform such services as seller inspections, buyer inspections, homeowner inspections, seismic assessmen...Read more about PCA Inspections
Porch Pro Headshot Better Home Inspections Inc
Home Inspectors
Old Quarry Loop, Oakland, CA
(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
Old Quarry Loop, Oakland, CA
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 Pacific Homes Inspection
Home Inspectors
5 Heritage Oaks Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA
(13)
We Are The Leading Home Inspection Service in the San Francisco Bay Area
5 Heritage Oaks Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA
We Are The Leading Home Inspection Service in the San Francisco Bay Area
Porch Pro Headshot IRONWOOD CONSTRUCTION CO
Home Inspectors
7505 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito, CA
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
7505 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito, CA
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 Home - Integrity
Home Inspectors
2415 San Ramon Valley Blvd # 4118, San Ramon, CA
Home Inspector with over 36 years Construction experience. Certified by American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT). Member of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Computerized report e-mailed within 24 hours or the same day on requests. ...Read more about Home - Integrity
2415 San Ramon Valley Blvd # 4118, San Ramon, CA
Home Inspector with over 36 years Construction experience. Certified by American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT). Member of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Computerized report e-mailed within 24 hours or the same day on requests. ...Read more about Home - Integrity
Porch Pro Headshot General Contractors Inspection Service
Home Inspectors
1630A Taraval St, San Francisco, CA
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General Contractors Inspection Service, based in San Francisco, is a home inspection company that offers plumbing inspection, chimney inspection, and insulation inspection.
1630A Taraval St, San Francisco, CA
General Contractors Inspection Service, based in San Francisco, is a home inspection company that offers plumbing inspection, chimney inspection, and insulation inspection.
Porch Pro Headshot Bpg Inspections
Home Inspectors
1735 Union St, Alameda, CA
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1735 Union St, Alameda, CA

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 San Francisco Home Inspectors

122951

The Inspection went very well! the report was clear and easy to read.

- Shafon Rollins
118873

Inspection went well, Bob was outstanding!

- Sandino Napolis
122489

the inspection was very good

- Dinesh Ghimire
170944

Kirk was great, he help put my mind at ease. 

- Tarik Ozket
105535

Kirk was fine. The whole process was very simple and a easy.

- Mailene Soyster
136792
106394

Kirk was fine. The whole process was very simple and a easy.

- Mailene Soyster
170297

Kirk did great. He was very helpful

- Russ & april ahn
106886

Kirk was fine. The whole process was very simple and a easy.

- Mailene Soyster
133378

Richard did an exellent job on my home inspection.

- Richard Strong
214814

I can't speak highly enough about Kirk. His inspection was quick, detailed, and extremely thorough. 

- Christine Smith

Everything You Need to Know About San Francisco Home Inspectors

Home Inspection Agencies isn’t exactly what I’m looking for. Are there more specific services similar to home inspectors available in San Francisco?

If you’ve determined that home inspection agencies are not quite what you were looking for, or if you had a specific project in mind that is similar to home inspection agencies, we can still help you find the right professional in San Francisco.

San Francisco has 30 home inspector professionals that can help you with your home inspection agencies job. Head to our Pros Page to find specific home inspectors-pros in San Francisco.

How does invoicing/payment work for most Home Inspector projects in San Francisco?

Every project differs, but you should ask any home inspector for an estimate, before they do any work. In fact, ask for their general payment terms before any home inspection agencies work is done.

If the job is large and going to take longer than a day, it's common practice for home inspectors to request a down payment. Usually, this will be around 25% so they can commence work on your home inspector project.

If it's a quick job, you'll likely be given an invoice/bill when the job is complete. Then it's up to you and the home inspector to determine if you pay immediately or can send payment at a later date.

How many home inspectors does San Francisco have?

There are around 30 companies throughout San Francisco to help you with your next home inspection agencies job.

  • 4 of them have an A or A+ rating from Better Business Bureau.

All Home Inspectors in San Francisco, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Comprehensive Realty Inspections
Home Inspectors
PO Box 25534, San Mateo, CA
PO Box 25534, San Mateo, CA
Porch Pro Headshot Kelton Construction
Home Inspectors
1139 Athens St, San Francisco, CA
1139 Athens St, San Francisco, CA
Porch Pro Headshot BELVEDERE LAGOON PROPERTY
Home Inspectors
50 Lagoon Rd, Belvedere Tiburon, CA
Belvedere Lagoon Property is a home inspection firm based in Belvedere Tiburon. They provide home inspection and chimney inspection as well as other services.
50 Lagoon Rd, Belvedere Tiburon, CA
Belvedere Lagoon Property is a home inspection firm based in Belvedere Tiburon. They provide home inspection and chimney inspection as well as other services.
Porch Pro Headshot Safe Guard Home Inspection Services
Home Inspectors
217 Poplar Ave, Millbrae, CA
217 Poplar Ave, Millbrae, CA
Porch Pro Headshot Metro Inspection Services
Home Inspectors
1290 Wildwing Ln, Vallejo, CA
1290 Wildwing Ln, Vallejo, CA
Porch Pro Headshot HomeFront Inspection, LLC
Home Inspectors
440 Linfield Dr, Menlo Park, CA
440 Linfield Dr, Menlo Park, CA

Latest projects near San Francisco

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Alameda 94501
Home Inspection
Start Date
I'm flexible
Purpose
BASMENT EARHTQUAQUE INSPECTION
Inspection type
Home safety
Property type
Single family residence
Property size
2,501-3,000 sq ft
Property age
51+ years
Foundation type
Basement
Relationship to property
Owner
Occupied
Yes
Utilities turned on
Yes
Specific services
None of the above
San Francisco 94121
Home Inspection
Start Date
Within 48 hours
Purpose
Selling or pre-listing
Inspection type
Whole home
Property type
Condo or townhome
Property size
0-1,500 sq ft
Property age
41-50 years
Foundation type
Unknown
Relationship to property
Owner
Occupied
No
Utilities turned on
No
Specific services
None of the above
San Francisco 94114
Roofing Inspection
Start Date
Within a week
Roof slope
Flat
Type of roof
I'm not sure
Reason for inspection
To get roof certified
Previous leaking or damage
Yes
Number of stories tall
Three or more floors
San Francisco 94116
Chimney Inspection
Service needed
Chimney Inspection
Start Date
I'm flexible
Sausalito 94965
Roofing Inspection
Start Date
Within 48 hours
Roofing project type
Inspect a roof
Roof slope
Flat
Type of roof
Built-up tar and gravel
Reason for inspection
To check for damage from recent bad weather
Previous leaking or damage
I'm not sure
Number of stories tall
Two floors
Daly City 94015
Chimney Inspection
Service needed
Chimney Inspection
Start Date
I'm flexible
Daly City 94015
Roofing Inspection
Start Date
I'm flexible
Roof slope
Sloped or pitched
Roofing material
Asphalt or composite shingle
Reason for inspection
To check for damage from recent bad weather
Previous leaking or damage
I'm not sure
Number of stories tall
One floor
San Francisco 94102
Home Inspection
Start Date
I'm flexible
Purpose
Purchasing property
Inspection type
Whole home
Property type
Duplex
Property size
0-1,500 sq ft
Property age
0-10 years
Foundation type
Unknown
Relationship to property
Owner
Occupied
Yes
Utilities turned on
Yes
Specific services
Mold test
San Francisco 94123
Home Inspection
Start Date
Within 48 hours
Purpose
Home safety
Inspection type
Home safety
Property type
Condo or townhome
Property size
0-1,500 sq ft
Property age
51+ years
Foundation type
Slab on ground
Relationship to property
Owner
Occupied
Yes
Utilities turned on
Yes
Specific services
None of the above