Crampton Inspection Service

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“John was extremely competent, communicative and helpful. His summary analysis and the detailed workbook he gave us will be helpful to us for years. He's a great guy too.”

– Mountain View, 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

Our Services

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Home inspections can help you buy or sell your home with confidence. As trained professionals we have seen it all, and we'll provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. As a result of having an inspection performed, home owners can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer’s inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs. Our inspection services include:

BUYER’S INSPECTION

In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have us perform a professional home inspection for you. We are trained to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners, and to identify which require immediate attention. The end result is that you save more money. Most contracts allow negotiations with the seller to make repairs or give you credit at closing. So the more defects our inspector finds, the more money you save. See our Inspection/Report Overview for more details.

Each of our complete Buyer’s Residential Inspections include:

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SELLER’S / PRE-LISTING INSPECTION

Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a Realtor, it’s always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses; we help you answer how serious the problems are, and which must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. See our Inspection/Report Overview for more details.

Each of our complete Seller’s Residential Inspections include:

Reasons to Get an Inspection Before You Put Your House on the Market:

  • Getting a home inspection completed before the home is put on the market reduces the number of “surprises” for both the seller and buyer, which decreases the likelihood of the deal falling apart.
  • The home may attract more buyers if repairs are done prior to listing.
  • Gives potential buyers more peace-of-mind knowing a third-party inspection has already been completed on the property, reducing the buyer’s anxiety that any disclosures or information have been withheld.
  • It gives you more time and options to get repairs completed, and you get to choose who does the repairs, which could save you thousands of dollars. Once you go into contract, you are required to use a licensed contractor on most repairs.
  • The seller is in a stronger position for negotiations by having a pre-listing inspection performed as they can inform buyers of what they are willing (and not willing) to repair before they enter into contract.

11TH MONTH BUILDER’S WARRANTY INSPECTIONS

Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. After that, the home owner assumes responsibility for repairs. Generally during the first year, the buyer develops a “punch list” of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye and it is important to get an inspection performed by a trained professional who can search out such items. It is good to have this inspection done between the 8th and 11th month.

John Crampton has extensive experience in all phases of construction and has built homes from the ground up. He is uniquely experienced and qualified to perform warranty inspections, and always looks out for his client’s best interest.

Each of our complete Builder’s Warranty Residential Inspections include:

Why Get A Warranty Inspection?

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A lot goes into building a new home. It requires many people and involves various subcontractors working on different parts and systems of the house. It is nearly impossible to complete such a complex process without missing something. Experience tells us that most major construction defects go unnoticed for 3-5 years. By this time, the defects could cost many thousands of dollars to remedy instead of a few hundred. It is unfortunate that most of these defects go unnoticed by the homeowner until it is too late and damage has occurred. Failures in workmanship and/or building materials can, and often do, occur. Hiring a home inspector to inspect your home before your warranty expires allows issues to be found so you can bring them to the builder’s attention and they can be repaired under the warranty. Having a third party, unbiased inspection report in hand that was completed by a professional home inspector also provides some leverage when the builder does the one-year walkthrough. Just a few items that John has found during warranty inspections in the past include:

  1. Missing attic insulation over large areas
  2. Disconnected HVAC ducting under the home (heating the crawl space instead of the home).
  3. Required safety glass window not installed at required locations.
  4. Damaged roof rafters supporting heavy concrete roof tiles.
  5. Concrete walkways not sloped to drain water away from the foundation.
  6. Several outlets incorrectly wired, and GFCI protection missing at required locations.

MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOME INSPECTION

Mobile/manufactured homes are built in a factory and transported to a property site. They are not the same as conventional “stick-built” homes and are regulated by a different agency, and have different building standards. While quality control is high at the factory where these homes are built, quality control is not consistent at the site where these homes are assembled. Different contractors hired to put these homes together are often doing several jobs at the same time and this can leave room for error. As you can see, it is very important to hire a certified mobile/manufactured home inspector that has been trained to inspect these unique homes.

John Crampton is certified as a mobile/manufactured home inspector by the American Institute of Inspectors (AII).

Some of the things that make mobile/manufactured homes different:

  • Foundation – Mobile/manufactured homes can employ a variety of foundation systems. Some rest on metal legs that over time can rust, shift, or become loose. Some manufactured homes are put on permanent foundations. There are a variety of hold-downs/anchoring for wind and earthquake protection.
  • Water Lines – Water lines and connections in mobile homes are often not welded and leaks can result. Unlike site-built homes, mobile homes often use cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) and polybutylene plastic waterlines, and tub faucets and drains are often not standard.
  • Plumbing Ventilation – Unlike site-built homes where pipes are all ventilated to the outside of the structure, manufactured homes commonly use something called an “air admittance valve” on a number of bath and kitchen fixtures. These can fail and allow sewer gas into the home.
  • Transport – Mobile/manufactured homes are built at a factory and transported to a site where they are put in place. Some are single wide (one entire unit), double-wide (two halves delivered and put together on site), and even triple-wide. There can often be issues found where these pieces are joined together (“marriage line”). At the marriage line there are connections between structure, HVAC system, plumbing, and electrical.

LIGHT COMMERCIAL INSPECTION

Making the right decision regarding a commercial property investment often requires knowledge about the physical condition of the property. Whether you are a building owner, property manager, leasing agent, investor, lender or tenant, you can trust Crampton Inspection Service to provide the property condition information you need for optimal decision making. Some of the light commercial properties we inspect are:

  • Apartment Buildings
  • Office Buildings
  • Strip Shopping Centers
  • Light Industrial Buildings
  • Rental Properties

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Crampton Inspection Service does not provide environmental/lab testing.  As a courtesy, there are some items that we may identify during the visual inspection and include in the report.  Below is some helpful information about some possible environmental issues sometimes found in homes.  If we do see something suspicious during the visual inspection, we may recommend further review by a specialist to conduct a thorough evaluation.

  • Asbestos: Asbestos material that crumbles easily if sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder is more likely to create a health hazard because it can be inhaled into the lungs, increasing the risk of disease. See Asbestos FAQ.
  • Lead: Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. In general, the older a home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. See Lead FAQ.
  • Mold: There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. See Mold FAQ.
  • Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. Because radon is colorless and odorless, it cannot be recognized during a visual inspection and requires special testing. See Radon FAQ.
  • Termites or other wood-destroying organisms: These pests cause serious damage to wooden structures and posts and can also attack stored food, household furniture, and books. See Termite Facts.

See our Environmental Hazards page for more information.

 

SPECIAL ALARM SYSTEM OFFERS FOR HOME BUYERS*

(when you purchase a complete home inspection; does not apply to multi-unit, commercial properties, or inspection for seller or owner/not selling)

When you have Crampton Inspection Service perform a complete home inspection, you will receive special offers for security systems.  Approximately 30 days after the date of the home inspection you will receive an email asking if you wish to be contacted by phone regarding these offers.  Also, at the inspection you will receive a flyer with a phone number that you can call if you wish to hear about these offers sooner.  These special offers include free systems, monitoring rates as low as $34.99, and features you won't find anywhere else like video monitoring from your smart phone.  You'll get a system from one of the leading brands of hard wired or cellular based alarm systems, and an alarm system can qualify you for discounts on your homeowner's insurance.  These are special offers not available to the general public.

Offers may vary by location and between home security providers.


FREE RECALLCHEK REPORT

(when you purchase a complete home inspection; does not apply to multi-unit or commercial properties)

 Since 1974, American citizens have been protected from dangerous items in their homes by law.  If a manufacturer has designed a dangerous product, they MUST recall all those items and FIX THEM FOR FREE!  The problem in the law is that most often it's up to you, the consumer, to find out whether your appliances are potential fire or safety hazards.

There is a database online, but you would have to wade through 195 million recalled items to find out if your dishwasher or air conditioner is a potential hazard.  As a result, many of these dangerous appliances are stil in homes across America.

RecallChek is the first service for consumer recalls in the Unites States and has compiled over 195 million recalls from public records, and created a fail-safe system to check for dangerous flaws with home appliances.  How it works:

  • Your Home Inspector will copy the model numbers of your built-in home appliances and HVAC system.
  • The inspector will send RecallChek your recall Model Number Report. (Home inspectors are often NOT allowed to move appliances).
  • At RecallChek Headquarters, your model numbers are computer matched aganist MILLIONS of recalls using RecallChek's Model Number Algorithm (MNA).
  • RecallChek then hand-checks the report, to eliminate wrong numbers from worn plates and ID cards, and other problems.
  • In the event of a potential recall, RecallChek issues a report including:
    * The nature of the recall
    * Where the product was sold
    * How to remedy the defect, and
    * How to get the item repaired / replaced in most cases absolutely FREE

 

WORKING WITH AGENTS

Here are just a few reasons why Realtors like working with Crampton Inspection Service and referring us to their clients:

  • Our reports are computerized, including color photos and summary page(s).
  • We point out the positive aspects of a home, not just report on the negatives.
  • John Crampton is always on time, in uniform, and friendly.
  • We are bonded & insured; E&O and liability insurance with referral indemnity.
  • We convey our inspection findings in a neutral, non-alarming manner.
  • We answer our phones and always provide friendly service.
  • You can call us to schedule or use our easy 24/7 online inspection scheduling.

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