Crampton Inspection Service

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“The absolute best inspector I've come across. Explained everything and his report was very detailed.”

– Chan P., Fremont, CA

Our Service Area

Based in Moraga, we proudly serve the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on the following areas:

  • Counties - Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano
  • Cities and Regions - Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, “Lamorinda”, San Francisco, Concord, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Vallejo, Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, Fremont

“I was very pleased with John's professionalism, demeanor, flexibility, and attention to our satisfaction and understanding. I would recommend him to anyone needing a home inspector.”

– Eric T., Citrus Heights, CA

Give Us 5% of Your Confidence… We’ll Earn the Other 95%

Crampton Inspection Service is proud to be family owned and operated!

Meet Your Home Inspector

Whether a new home buyer or an investor in real property, John Crampton would like to take you through the inspection process with ease and confidence, and provide you with the peace-of-mind that you well deserve.

Crampton Inspection Service is a family owned and operated business. John has over 35 years of experience in residential repair, remodeling, and new construction. He prides himself on complete and accurate inspections and emphasizes the positives as well as disclosing the negatives. John is certified with both the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and has successfully completed specialized training through TWI System’s Inspector Training Program. John’s goal is to provide you with the most professional inspection service available, and give you the valuable information to make an informed decision. John always encourages his clients to attend the inspection so that he can explain his findings at the property. This gives clients a much better understanding of the home and a great chance to ask any questions they may have. John believes there are no dumb questions and always patiently takes the time to help his clients understand his inspection findings and the home’s systems so they are comfortable.

AWARDS

  • International Conference of Building Officials Scholarship Award 2001
  • BBB Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Customer Service 2004
  • Level of “Gold Provider” at Ethical Inspectors.com 2009
  • Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating

Professional Affiliations

Six Things You Must Know To Avoid Hiring The Wrong Home Inspector!

#1 – Hire a Home Inspector with Lots of Experience

It takes a full time inspector at least 50 inspections to start to develop the eyes, ears and nose for hunting down problems. Part-time home inspectors simply don’t have the time in the field to develop that radar. Be sure to ask how many inspections the inspector has conducted and how many years he/she has been doing them.

John Crampton has performed over 1,100 quality inspections and is a highly trained, experienced, certified inspector. He has been performing inspections for over 11 years and has over 35 years of construction experience, building homes from the ground up and refurbishing older homes.

#2 – Education & Training

Being a contractor is very different from being a professional home inspector. Home inspectors are responsible for evaluating all of the systems and components of the home — not just one aspect, like the plumbing or the framing. To be able to provide a competent evaluation of all of these elements takes formal education and training. Comprehensive continuing education and training is a must!

John receives between 30-60 hours of continuing education per year to fine-tune his already extensive skills. He has taken classes at the College of San Mateo in the Building Technology Department with instruction by Douglas Hansen and Jerry McCarthy, both highly respected instructors in the field of home inspections. He also received the International Conference of Building Officials Scholarship Award in 2001.

#3 – Certifications

Always make sure that the inspector you hire is certified through a recognized professional association such as CREIA or ASHI. An inspector becomes certified by passing written examinations that test their knowledge of residential construction, defect recognition, inspection techniques, and more. Certified inspectors also adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice. To maintain their certification, these inspectors must meet requirements for continuing education yearly.

John Crampton is a certified inspector through both the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). He is also an American Institute of Inspectors (AII) certified mobile/manufactured home inspector. Crampton Inspection Service is an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

#4 – The Inspection Report

The top home inspectors in today’s business no longer produce handwritten reports. A professional inspector will provide a narrative report. Technology has evolved where you should expect to receive a full-color report with digital photographs of issues discovered during the course of the inspection. The report should provide “summary” pages with specific categories like Hazard, Damaged, and Caution. Always ask for a sample report so you know what you are getting before investing your time and money.

The report should not contain repair costs/estimates. Professional home inspectors inspect, they do not repair. An inspector that makes repairs should always be avoided due to the conflict of interest inherent in that situation. According to the California Business and Professions Code, home inspectors are not allowed to perform any work on a home that they have inspected for 12 months after the date of inspection.

At Crampton Inspection Service, we provide a digital narrative report that contains numerous color photos along with convenient summary page(s). Our clients also receive a 3-ring binder with over 200 pages of repair and maintenance techniques uniquely suited to the property. For more information about our report, please see our “Inspection/Report Overview” page.

View our sample report (PDF).

#5 – How Long Has the Inspection Company Been In Business?

Is the inspection company locally owned and operated or are they some far away faceless corporation where no one is monitoring and evaluating the quality of their work? How long has the inspection company been in business? Does the inspection company have dedicated employees serving as customer service representatives to schedule appointments and provide any needed follow up assistance?

Crampton Inspection Service is family owned and operated and has been in business since 1998. Call our office today at 925-376-7707 and Pam will assist you in scheduling your inspection. Pam can usually answer most questions and address any concerns you may have. If you have a more technical inquiry, John is always happy to answer any of your questions when he is available or will call you back at a time convenient for you.

#6 – Do you know who is going to be performing the inspection?

Some home inspection companies employ multiple inspectors, each with different levels of experience and inspection education.  While the company may advertise that they have been in business for a long time or have a lot of experience, this may be referring to the company owner or top inspector, and not necessarily to the person who is going to show up to do your home inspection.

Crampton Inspection Service is a family owned and operated business.  John Crampton is the only inspector, and he is always the person performing the home inspection.  When you call us, you will either be speaking with John or his wife, Pam.  At Crampton Inspection Service, you won't get lost in the shuffle of a big company, and you will never have to worry about an inspector new in the business with little experience showing up to do your home inspection.

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