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RELIANCE Home Inspections

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PO Box 641804
Los Angeles, CA

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It's hard to get good help, so I am the only inspector at RELIANCE; we do not subcontract or farm out work. My work is too personal for that, and my services too dependent on my own knowledge, experience and skills. In business since 1987, I am one of the most experienced inspectors available. I take whatever time is needed with clients to answer all questions, and we discuss what I've found in a way that puts the property and its condition into perspective. We can discuss repair options specifically and costs generally. I’m available to talk to anytime afterwards with more questions. Most inspectors go through a house in three hours or less—including entering the findings into a computer on-site. My inspection of the same house would generally take four to five hours, including dictating findings for later transcription and editing—or longer if the client has a lot of questions or the property has a lot of issues requiring further investigation. I do that further investigation myself wherever possible, instead of referring specialists like many other inspectors do, even though it takes more time. As a result, I rarely miss conditions that should be disclosed. The last problem I had was a claim about mold (which is excluded from my regular inspections) discovered behind a wall that was opened after my inspection. Of course, these circumstances did not stop the buyer from threatening legal action, but it was cheaply settled—and that was in 2005. Whenever clients need an inspection, I can be available—even weekends and holidays, since clients get the most from an inspection if they accompany me. My written report is ready on-site for condos, or e-mailed the next day for houses or specialized inspections. I live by the CREIA Code of Ethics which among other things forbids me from compensating Realtors® for referrals, getting kickbacks if I refer anyone, or misrepresenting my findings to please anyone (among other things). We provide neighborhood environmental reports that compile information from all available databases to find out if there are any nearby environmental problems. I have conducted environmental inspections for mold, asbestos, radon, lead, formaldehyde, methane, carbon monoxide, and electromagnetic fields in buildings, water, soil, and air. With a graduate degree in chemistry, I can advise clients on environmental issues with some authority. My experience includes forensic inspections, expert witness testimony, and other litigation support services. As a general contractor, I have hands-on experience with how a property's systems and their components age and fail, and what is involved in their repair or replacement. As a qualified home performance contractor, I take a whole-house approach to evaluate energy efficiency, comfort, and safety among other things. I evaluate the building as a whole—including heating and cooling systems, ductwork, building envelope, windows, insulation, lighting and appliances—and propose specific remedial measures. The comprehensive evaluation is not usually a pre-purchase inspection, it’s intended for owners who have utility bill expense issues or comfort issues, or just want to become more environmentally responsible. I can perform a more limited (and less expensive) home energy evaluation for a pre-purchase situation, according to your specific interests and requirements.

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