Top 3 Home Inspectors in Santa Barbara, CA

Porch Pro Headshot DuctTesters, Inc.
DuctTesters was established because a tremendous disconnect had been recognized between the developer/builders and their trade contractors, as related to Title 24 compliance. We have been working to close that gap by training and educating within each of the industries so that everyone can work toge...Read more about DuctTesters, Inc.
336 W Main St, Ripon, CA
Porch Pro Headshot Fitzgerald Construction     and     Home Inspection
Helping to build So. Cal for 50 Yrs. fourth generation family operated General Building Construction Co. Licensed Bonded and Insured for your protection. Nachi certified Home Inspector
5721 Tobias Ave, Van Nuys, CA
Porch Pro Headshot Nick Hunt Inspections
"Nick has handled our inspections through two home purchases. We called on him for our most recent purchase because we remembered how thorough he was on our previous inspection. Nick has meticulous attention to detail, is professional, affable, and his turn around time is quick. We got our report...Read more about Nick Hunt Inspections
331 W Micheltorena St, Santa Barbara, CA

More Home Inspectors in Santa Barbara, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Inspection Pros
Home Inspectors
6980 Scripps Crescent St, Goleta, CA
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6980 Scripps Crescent St, Goleta, CA
Porch Pro Headshot Building Inspection
Home Inspectors
Serves Santa Barbara, California
Building Inspection is a home inspection specialist from Santa Barbara. They offer chimney inspection, home inspection, residential property inspections and other services.
Serves Santa Barbara, California
Building Inspection is a home inspection specialist from Santa Barbara. They offer chimney inspection, home inspection, residential property inspections and other services.
Porch Pro Headshot DTM Enterprises, LLC
Home Inspectors
417 N Z St, Lompoc, CA
Porch Pro Headshot Premier Environmental
Home Inspectors
126 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA
Based out of Santa Barbara, Premier Environmental is a home inspection specialist. They provide residential property inspections, insulation inspection, and electrical inspection as well as other services.
126 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA
Based out of Santa Barbara, Premier Environmental is a home inspection specialist. They provide residential property inspections, insulation inspection, and electrical inspection as well as other services.
Porch Pro Headshot House Master Home Inspections
Home Inspectors
1187 Coast Village Rd Ste 1, Santa Barbara, CA
Based out of Santa Barbara, House Master Home Inspections is a home inspection firm. They provide chimney inspection, insulation inspection and other services.
1187 Coast Village Rd Ste 1, Santa Barbara, CA
Based out of Santa Barbara, House Master Home Inspections is a home inspection firm. They provide chimney inspection, insulation inspection and other services.
Porch Pro Headshot Cws Inspections
Home Inspectors
1055 Toro Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA
Cws Inspections is a home inspection specialist in Santa Barbara. They provide electrical inspection, residential property inspections and more.
1055 Toro Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA
Cws Inspections is a home inspection specialist in Santa Barbara. They provide electrical inspection, residential property inspections and more.
Porch Pro Headshot El Capitan Mutal Water Co
Home Inspectors
11500 US Highway 101, Goleta, CA
El Capitan Mutal Water Co is a home inspection specialist located in Goleta. They offer home inspection, plumbing inspection, and roofing inspection.
11500 US Highway 101, Goleta, CA
El Capitan Mutal Water Co is a home inspection specialist located in Goleta. They offer home inspection, plumbing 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 Santa Barbara Home Inspectors

75543

DuctTesters, Inc. is an organization that provides years of experience and works diligently to stay ahead of the changing Title 24 requirements to deliver the best possible service to its diverse client base. Its important to trust the results of all test...

- Karyn Clark
75552

Very knowledgeable and helpful. Explained information completely and clearly.

- Roberta Colmer
92449

Nick Hunt is my "go to" person for Inspections. Nick was well trained by my former favorite inspector. He is dependable, reasonable and thorough. His reports are professional and he is excellent with clients. Carla Reeves, Realtor

- Carla Reeves

Everything You Need to Know About Santa Barbara Home Inspectors

Can I browse unscreened Home Inspectors in Santa Barbara?

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

  • Home Inspection Associates:
    • Services Offered: Home Inspectors
    • BBB Rating: NR
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Mister Inspector Com:
    • Services Offered: Home Inspectors
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Homebuyers Inspection Svc:
    • Services Offered: Home Inspectors
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive

How many home inspectors does Santa Barbara have?

There are around 50 companies throughout Santa Barbara to help you with your next home inspection agencies job.

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

What should I check for once my Home Inspector in Santa Barbara has finished working?

Every home inspection agencies project is going to have different results, but here are a few things to check for once any home inspection agencies company has told you they've finished the job:

  • Obviously you want to do a visual inspection. Even if you're unfamiliar with home inspection agencies work, this gives you the opportunity to ask questions (even basic ones like, what did you do?).
  • Ask the home inspector to describe what they did. Whether your home inspection agencies project was a repair job or a building job, have them run you through what was done.
  • Compare the description provided on your home inspection agencies project estimate to the work completed. Did the professional do what was promised?
  • Request that the home inspector do a follow-up visit to check on the work. Most professionals are willing to do this, especially if you ask them.

All Home Inspectors in Santa Barbara, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Around The House Inspection
Home Inspectors
4127 San Martin Way, Santa Barbara, CA
Based out of Santa Barbara, Around The House Inspection is a home inspection firm. They offer insulation inspection, plumbing inspection, and chimney inspection.
4127 San Martin Way, Santa Barbara, CA
Based out of Santa Barbara, Around The House Inspection is a home inspection firm. They offer insulation inspection, plumbing inspection, and chimney inspection.
Porch Pro Headshot Monty Cole Foundation Inspection
Home Inspectors
1338 Manitou Rd, Santa Barbara, CA
1338 Manitou Rd, Santa Barbara, CA
Porch Pro Headshot Jamie Pennington Home Inspections
Home Inspectors
930 Flora Vista Dr, Santa Barbara, CA
930 Flora Vista Dr, Santa Barbara, CA
Porch Pro Headshot Independent Home Inspections
Home Inspectors
3009 DE La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA
3009 DE La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA

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