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Home inspections?

We are buying a house that we are renting in San Francisco and I would like to know besides the termite and property inspections, are there any other inspections that is needed specifically for this location. Also we have a lot of stuff in the garage covering the walls, is it necessary to clear the wall area for the inspector? thanks
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June 18 2009 - South San Francisco
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Besides the Property and Termite inspection, in San Francisco we need Energy Conservation Inspection, Inspection to see if there is a tank under the house for heat in the old days, and a 3R report.
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June 24 2009
From an Insurance agent prospective: Although you have lived in the home as a renter, homeownership comes along with new responsibility. When you buy a car, it's advisable to have a mechanic inspection. Same with a home. You want to know when you may have to replace the roof and confirm your home is retrofitted for earthquake or if you need to buy an Earthquake shut-off valve- Condition of the sewer. Back up sewer and drain may not be covered on your Insurance policy. A full inspection report will qualify if you need to get further evaluation on areas of concern and noted by your inspector. Dry rot or poor material like asbestos and lead based paint which is common in the bay area. Replacement is costly and knowing exactly what you are buying can be very helpful in your planning. If you plan to remodel, the city could come out and all the sudden, more expense from a surprise you didn't know about. The inspection report is a valuable tool for you to know what conditions exsist in your home. Our office represents many Insurance Companies and they are getting tough; often requiring New Homeowners to provide proof for earthquake and water heater compliance when issuing policies. It's a lot cheaper to get a good overall inspection then having to hire another inspector and possibly facing non-renewal when you have a Mortgage Co. requiring Homeowner Insurance.
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June 24 2009
Areas to be inspected can only be evaluated if it's in plain sight. You are an inspector's dream client because you can help the inspector to focus on areas that have a history of defects. Examples: a circuit breaker will trip if both bathroom exhaust fans are on or there was a severe leak behind the refrigerator. There are construction defects that a 2-3 hour home inspection may not uncover.
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June 19 2009
I still recomend an inspection, but if you've lived at the property for a while, you probably know more about the property than the owner does.
Inspections are mainly geared towards people that have never lived at the property and don't want to go into it blindly.
I would recomend you go with a general inspector and then go to the specific, such as roof and the like if they recommend it or you feel a reason to.

Good Luck.



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June 19 2009
Radon, mold asbestos, soil, water, septic, lead and any other concern you the buyer can think of related to environment or structure.
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June 19 2009
After the termite and property inspection is done, you'll know if you need to have any other inspections.  Truthfully, you can have all the inspections you want, but probably won't need them. 

If the property inspector finds somethings that is need of repair, then at that point you can get a specialized inspection for that particular problem. 

I'm not in the SF area, but I'm assuming it's not too different from SoCal.

And yes, I would clear the walls for the inspector to inspect.

That's my .02.

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