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"We are selling the house and so we’re having a lot of work done. The inspector was very friendly, very swift, quick and thorough. He installed the carbon" monoxide detectors in the house that was missing in about 15 minutes and he was done. So it was a very good service. We think he was referred to us by our real estate agents. The price can always be cheaper. He was a little informal but that was fine with us.

-Sharon K.

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Hicks came to my house, did the inspection (which included quotes for pest work), and took my $1100. There was a clear understanding that" we would have a follow up phone call. That was March 10. I decided to wait until the 2 month
to post this so that's what I've done. He put me through the humiliation of making me call over and over and over throughout that period and he never returned my call. Do not recommend.

-John K.

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Home inspection

For most of us, our home is the biggest investment we will ever make. For those preparing to buy, a quality home inspection is key. An inspection is usually required for a home purchase. A highly rated home inspector will look at every nook and cranny to gauge structure stability, present and potential dangers. But remember, a home inspection is not a guarantee or a warranty - it may not find everything.

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What is a home inspection and is it worth it?

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It really depends on where you are and the type of work.  In Texas most home inspectors are only trained in general areas of interest and have no detailed knowledge of construction practices.  Some do after having carrerrs in other fields including engineering or as general contractors/home builders.  If you are wondering if a completed job was done in a professional manner appearance wise and have minor concerns an inspector can help you.  If it is more extensive hire professionals from the different fields to inspect the respective work.  Plumber for the plumbing, electrician for electrical, etc.  An experienced GC or inspector can do an initial inspection and advise you whether you should have the concerns further investigated by the trades.  Remember, they can't tell much about what they can't see so framing and insulation concerns will be hard to verify.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
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It's a little unusual to do this except in cases of fixer-upper properties but you should call a local general contractor with experience renovating/remodeling homes in the neighborhood.  They'll know the typical problems with the homes there and what to look out & budget for.  For example, here in San Antonio many of the homes built in the mid-fifties to 60's have lead drains that were not put in properly or were installed in such a way that repairs are not quick or cheap.  Many homes even older have the same drains but seem to be less hassle to repair.  Homes in my neighborhood have a problem with improper supply lines (wrong type of copper) which break due to corrosion.  Just make sure the contractor you hire to go over the property with you has done significant work on homes in the area on similar homes.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
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Are the heat pumps commercial or residential units?
Are the heat pumps Package or Split System?
Are there actually 33 PTAC units?
Are you an EPA certified person( refrigerant )?

Here is my suggestion, break it down into manageable portions(ie one heat pump and a few PTAC units every other month) to keep from being overloaded.  
Clean/Replace filters
Check/inspect electrical wiring and connections
Check amperage draw of compressors/motors 
Check capacitance of start and run capacitors
Check contractors/relays for wear/pitting
Check refrigerant levels and record superheated/subcooling
Check external static pressures across air handler(s)
Check deltaT (return and supply air temps) 
Lubricate motors( if applicable)
Inspect Belts/Pulleys( if applicable)
Clean outdoor coils
Clean indoor coils

Start there and HAVE FUN!!! 

Home Inspection reviews in San Francisco

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Excellent workmanship I am so happy with the finished project. I would not hesitate to reccomend . All of the workers were very sturdy and polite right through to the completion of the job. Eamon was very aproachable and had no problem with our input throughout the project. Thank you for making our home such a wonderful space to enjoy Eamon.
- Maria O.
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The inspection was amazingly complete. He arrived right on time and started at the basement and inspected the entire house. Every detail was covered and explained very clearly. In his report, he was extremely complete and listed every flaw, which left us with a lot of room to bargain with the sellers about what needed fixing.
- Daniel B.
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He stared the work would take 1-2 hours. However, he just kept doing the same thing over and over and talking to us. He told me to bring a blueprint I had, which he didn’t look at. He said he wouldn’t be able to give me a written report as this was extra. I paid him and said he would email a receipt, which he eventually did. I felt taken.
- Barbara C.
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Our OVERALL Experience Rating: A minus, based on the 5 Rating Parameters, and subject to an Upgrade in the future.

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, who agreed to come back over and supervise the entire operation, on the day of Termite Tenting treatment, as well as, setting up the Extra Pest (Ants) Control, at a later date.

BowMan is also located on Maui and is therefore deserves our Highest Recommendations for your Termite & Pest Control needs. Mahalo!

- David M.
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Rush, the president of the company, did the inspection himself. He was very professional and respectful of the home owner. He was extremely thorough and knowledgeable of his field. He took the time to explain things, which I appreciated. He also went the extra mile by looking for safety issues beyond what would normally be checked. I highly recommend him and would certainly use him again in the future if necessary.
- Claudia W.
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conducted two home inspections for us recently while we were in the process of purchasing a home in San
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's Sunnyside neighborhood. We found him through asking a friend of ours, who is a green builder, to recommend a good inspector. She told us we should go with someone who has CREIA certifications. We ended up selecting
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because he has all possible credentials and he also has several good Yelp reviews as well as a professional website. We were very impressed with
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's attention to detail during both inspections. In the first house, he noticed that the fire box had fallen and would need replacing. He also noticed some problems with the foundation. In the second house, he immediately noticed sub-standard plumbing done during an un-permitted renovation. Specifically, the drain for a couple bathrooms - including toilets - was an exposed pipe draining into the garage floor drain
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underneath and behind the furnace and water heater. This was a very important detail to us since repairing this plumbing will be a job on the order of 25 - 30K. I think another inspector who was moving more quickly and not paying close enough attention to detail could have missed this big problem. We would recommend
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without hesitation, and in the future if we need to have more inspections again, we will definitely re-hire
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. He is very detailed in inspecting homes and writing up a clear report. He is also very personable and clear in communicating issues.
- Coline M.
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Overall I would the experience as fair to good.
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was prompt and there to complete the inspection when he said he would do it. He was thorough in the home inspection, though at times I found that he was not really checking everything (given that the house was relatively new, 6 years old, there was limited issues to be found). He was polite and answered all questions though at times I felt he was frustrated with the specifics I was asking. However, on a subsequent call he was very helpful. He is a very knowledgeable inspector, though I would say he is not very familiar with SF houses. The pest inspection was very quick and probably not worth the $250 we paid for it. What surprised me most was there is a whole lot of stuff not covered in the inspection including whether the heating works or not.
- Rohan P.
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At our request,
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himself came. He arrived promptly and was very personable. He first inspected where we had seen the infestation, and pretty quickly determined they were not termites, but apparently harmless gnats. We also asked him about ants that find their way into our home periodically. He gave us some advice about the ants and additional, general advice about our property. He did not do a full inspection as he felt that it wasn't necessary, given that it is a relatively new property that we purchased less than two years ago. Since he didn't perform a complete inspection, he charged us half the normal price.
- Barbara M.

Home Inspectors in San Francisco

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3D CONSTRUCTION

P.O. Box 355
Soquel

4 Green Air Duct Cleaning

237 Kearny St
San Francisco

A+ Home Inspection Service

16615 San Gabriel Court
Morgan Hill

A-2 Enterprises

PO BOX 561
Antioch

ADT Antioch

Antioch

ADT Aptos

Aptos

ADT Berkeley

Berkeley

ADT Castro Valley

Castro Valley

ADT Danville

Danville

ADT Los Gatos

Los Gatos

ADT Martinez

Martinez

ADT Oakland

Oakland

ADT Palo Alto

Palo Alto

ADT Pinole

Pinole

ADT Redwood City

Redwood City

ADT San Jose

San Jose

ADT San Rafael

San Rafael

ADT Santa Clara

Santa Clara

ADT Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa

All Bay Development, Inc

1020 Harlan Court, Suite B

Alley Electric

4526 Calaveras Ave.
Fremont

ALS Chimney Cleaning

579 EL Camino Real
Atherton

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

AMERICAN LEAK DETECTION OF THE EAST BAY

1442-A Walnut St #57
Berkeley

American Way Builders

444 Kansas St
San Francisco

Aqua Star Plumbing

7501 Potrero Ave
El Cerrito

ARCON CONSTRUCTION INC

650 Florida St
San Francisco

Area Environmental

40 Locust Ave, #6
Larkspur

Artistic Homes inc.

4976 South Pt
Discovery Bay

Atticare SF

985 66th Ave
Oakland

Axsis Construction

P.O.Box 3114
Los Altos

Bates Builders

384 61st St
Oakland

Bay Area Lead Detectors

847 Cedarwood Lane
Petaluma

Bay Area Rodent Solutions

645 E McGlincy Ln
Campbell

Bay Property Inspections Inc

2335 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco

Bay Thermal Imaging

Pleasant Hill

BAYMOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL

982 LAS PAVADAS AVE
San Rafael

BB&B Builders Inc.

44 Indian Rock ct.
San Anselmo

Bein' Green Buildings

1030 Ramona Ave.
Albany

BETTER ROOFING WITH TRAVIS

220 Mar Vista
Watsonville

Beyond Builders

181 2nd Avenue
San Mateo

Bolt Down The Bay Area

3854 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa

Bradley Construction

PO Box 620276
Redwood City

Buhler Construction Company

3614 16th St. #1
San Francisco

Cabrillo Plumbing

78 Dorman Ave
San Francisco

California Construction and Renovations

10656 Industrial Ave, Suite 100
Roseville

Casetta Construction

3525 Curtiss Street

CDR Remodeling

PO Box 326
San Mateo

Ceramic Tile Forensics

229 Ramona Ave
El Cerrito

CF Electric

204 E 2nd Ave
San Mateo

Christopher Carlson Construction

730 w verano ave
Sonoma

Clark Pest Control

485 O'Neill Ave
Belmont

Clark Pest Control

199 Topaz St
Milpitas

Clark Pest Control

811 Eubanks Dr.
Vacaville

Clark Pest Control

3214 Brickaway Blvd
Santa Rosa

Complete Property Repair, Inc.

39120 Argonaut Way
Fremont

CONNOR CONSTRUCTION

38850 Farwell Dr
Fremont

COSMOS ELECTRIC CO

2901 HAWES ST
San Francisco

D&R Construction

63 Bovet Rd.
San Mateo

D.W Henninger Construction

5216 Manila Ave
Oakland

Dan Can Handyman Services

1339 Yosemite Ave
San Francisco

David Miller Certified-Environmental

836 Shasta Cir
El Dorado Hills

Diana's Toolbag

35815 Augustine Pl

Documenta Surveys

1645 Rainier Avenue
Petaluma

DS Locksmith & Emergency Services

601 Van Ness Ave Ste E110
San Francisco

DTV CITY

2020 HOWELL MILL RD NW

DunRite Heating & Air Inc

1758 Junction Ave
San Jose

Eastbay Handyman & Construction LLC

788 Canterbury Ave
Livermore

EC-IR Mold Testing and Inspection

10240 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito

Environmental CPR Inc

38 Beta Ct Ste C7
San Ramon

Environmental Services

800 West El Camino Real, Suite 180-2
Mountain View

Environmental Services

101 California Street, Suite 2710
San Francisco

FRANK MCMANN INSPECTION SERVICES

850 S VAN NESS AVE
San Francisco

G Moran Construction Inc

318 Starling Road
Mill Valley

General Contractors Inspection Service

1630A Taraval
San Francisco

GeneralSF

3624 Irving St. Suite A
San Francisco

Generation Builders

P.O. Box 23
Riverbank

Gentec Services Inc

PO Box 2654
Livermore

Gopher -It Trenchless

21675 Arnold Dr
Sonoma

GREACON CONSTRUCTION INC.

58 Paul Dr Ste H
San Rafael

Green Builders

215 Commercial Street
Vallejo

GREENHOME ENVIRONMENTAL STORE

505 Montgomery, 2nd Floor
San Francisco

Guideline Builders

333 Hegenberger Road #315
Oakland

Healthy Building Science

601 Van Ness
San Francisco

Hearth

San Francisco

HJC Construction

5522 Alaska Dr
Concord

HLS Remodeling & Design Inc

19137 Haynes St
Reseda

Home Preservation Services

1178 Los Altos Avenue
Los Altos

Home Security Systems San Francisco

267 Bush Street
San Francisco

HONEY DO Repairs

777 14th street
San Francisco

Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay, Inc.

1120 Industrial Ave
Petaluma

Indoor-Restore Environmental Services

119 Pfeiffer St
San Francisco

INEXREN

PO BOX 53807
San Jose

InspectTech, Inc.

235 Marion Ave #B
Ben Lomond

Its Personal Pest Control

1630 N Main St
Walnut Creek

J & M Termite Control

159 N Whisman Rd
Mountain View

J & R Smith Construction

9028 Castlewood St
Oakland

Jeremy Moore Construction Ca Lic 963425

615 Burnett Ave
San Francisco

JMC General Construction

1017 El Camino Real
Redwood City

Jonathan Y Lee

851 Burlway Rd
Burlingame

JWH ASBESTOS REMOVAL SERVICES

710 E. McGlincy Lane #111
Campbell

Kane Pacific Construction, Inc.

3056 Castro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley

L.E. Baca Construction

35120 Buckingham Court
Newark

Ledztart

Concord

Lovett & Lovett Roofing Co Inc

2525 E 10th St
Oakland

maintainance services

1271 eucalyptus drive
Vallejo

MARINSPECTION

San Francisco

Mariscal Construction

1713 Barrington ct

MARTIN PAUL DUGGAN CONTRACTING

1983 9TH AVE
San Francisco

McDonald Termite Control

230 F St
Martinez

McGowan Builders

1559 Noe Street
San Francisco

michael maguire co

942 mckinley ave.
Oakland

MOLD BUSTERS

PO Box 16708
San Francisco

Mold Inspection & Testing San Jose CA

1111 W El Camino Real
Sunnyvale

MPF BUILDERS & CONSULTANTS

PO Box 6688
San Mateo

Nationwide Secure inc.

3215 Calhoun Ct
Antioch

New Beginnings Realty & Lending

2213 Buchanan Rd. Ste 212
Antioch

Northern California Roofing Co

859 Cotting Court
Vacaville

ON-SITE INSPECTIONS

461 ALTA VISTA DR
South San Francisco

ONE Design

2024 Divisadero St
San Francisco

one source plumbing and rooter inc

18banneker way
Sanfrancisco

One Step Plumbing We Do It All

1309 67th Street
Berkeley

OwnDepot.com

2693 Lafayette St
Soquel

Pacific Homes Inspection

5 Heritage Oaks Rd.
Pleasant Hill

PEACE OF MIND STRUCTURAL INC

180 South Blvd
San Mateo

Perfection Auto Repair

4237 Peralta Blvd
Fremont

PILLAR TO POST HOME INSPECTORS

25 CRESCENT DRIVE
Pleasant Hill

PIPE SPY INC

1108 26th Street
Oakland

Premier Rodent Proofing

3958 Valley Avenue, Suite D
Pleasanton

PRIME EXTERMINATORS

1752 ANGELA ST
San Jose

Project Management Services

San Francisco Bay Area

QUAKE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

1632 ULLOA ST
San Francisco

Quick Electric Service

1617 D St
Hayward

RDG Construction

1517 North Point street
San Francisco

Realty ONE Group Infinity

910 E Hamilton Ave
Campbell

Repair Wizards

20 E. Main St.
Los Gatos

Rock Inspection Services

668 39th St #C
Oakland

SAFE ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION

546 Market Street
San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Appraisal

837 Arnold Drive, Suite 210
Martinez

Scent Tek

64 Grand View Avenue
San Francisco

Secure Property Inspections

548 Crawford Dr
Sunnyvale

Shaz Construction & Design

PO Box 1083
Novato

Signature Home Inspection

74 Navarre
Irvine

Sigura Construction Inc

1300 Memorex Dr
Santa Clara

Simmitri

1999 S. Bascom Ave
Campbell

Simple Environmental

16138 Via Owen
San Lorenzo

Sky Renovation

5632 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys

Sofie's Handywork

1188 Mission Street
San Francisco

Sontag Construction inc

1456 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley

South Bay Termite

2485 -L autumnvale Drive
San Jose

STAR INSPECTION GROUP

3139 Lynde St
Oakland

Stark Leak Detection

429 San Juan Ave

sweet construction

1129 palm ave
Redwood City

Tapia Construction & Restoration

330 Lang Road
Burlingame

Terminix

5860 W Las Positas Blvd
Pleasanton

The Painted Finish

2974 Terra Verde Lane
Oakley

THE PERFORMING HOME

PO BOX 970
Mountain View

Troy Scott Minor Realty

25672 Maitland dr.
Hayward

Vacaville Electric

1011 Mason St
Vacaville

Van Hooser Enterprises

1049A Dell Ave
Campbell

Vasona Construction

4120 Business Center Dr
Fremont

Vista Inspection Services LLC

1831 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco

WALTER BERNHARDT PLUMBING

2727 39TH AVE
San Francisco

Wellington Termite Control

4722 Mission St
San Francisco

Wiegardt Electric and Lighting Controls

2778 Jefferson Street
Napa

WILLIAM K. LANGBEHN CE GE

1034 RICHMOND ST
El Cerrito

Zinc Builders

1325B Evans ave
San Francisco

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