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A Thorough Guy Home Inspections

Founded 2001 • Angie's List since February 2005

A Rated | 241 Reviews

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Description

When shopping around for a Home Inspector, it is easy to be persuaded by fancy websites, credentials, having a contractor’s license (let’s not talk about contractors), and an inspector’s years of experience. Even though a Home Inspector may have 20 years of experience under his/her belt, it does not guarantee that you will receive a thorough inspection (may be the worst inspector with experience?). What should really stand out is an inspector’s undeniable knowledge with certifications and education. Some questions one should ask before selecting a home inspector are, “What is the inspector basing all their findings upon?” and “What does he or she really know?” Here in California, the BIBLE is Title 24 the CBC (California Building Code). Home Inspectors (like myself) DO NOT perform code inspections, but who do you want for your Inspector; someone with years of experience and other credentials that may be insignificant, or someone who is CODE certified just like the city/county/jurisdictional inspectors that come out when you have permits signed off? Yes, I know that California is on a 3-year code cycle and that as of January 1, 2017, GFCI protection shall be provided for outlets that supply dishwashers installed in dwelling unit locations [2016 California Electrical Code Title 24 Part 3, 210.8(D)]. If you don’t understand or are not familiar with the CODES, how can you perform a competent and complete inspection?...

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10/17/2020

Mike Okamura was AWESOME as an inspector. He was slightly more expensive than the other home inspectors, but he SAVED ME MORE THAN 10 TIMES THE COST OF HIS REPORT. My electrician said it was the best home inspection report he’d seen in his entire long career. I used Mike Okamura’s report for 2 things: First, it helped me negotiate thousands of dollars off the purchase price of the house (HUGE savi...

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Inspection, prior to closing escrow on a house

CATEGORY home inspection

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09/17/2018

We are thoroughly satisfied with "A Thorough Guy Home Inspections". No problem making the appointment. The contract is very-well written with detailed explanations of his credentials and scope/limits of work. My husband-the-lawyer was impressed. He's not easily impressed. We were not in a rush and booked one week in advance. He arrived on schedule. He is absolutely as thorough and professional as ...

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
We wanted a neutral, written home inspection before we started our remodel project.

CATEGORY home inspection

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11/15/2017

Mike is, indeed, very thorough. He showed up 30 minutes early and got started right away. My husband and I were both present, as were my realtor and a plumber friend. All of us were very impressed with Mike's attention to detail, not just with his findings but also in the way he clearly documented them to us. He spent more than 5 hours going through every corner of the home, and then he spent anot...

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
My husband and I were referred by a realtor friend to Mike. We hired him to do the home inspection for our first single family residence purchase, a flipped craftsman built in 1909.

CATEGORY home inspection

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11/15/2017

I would not hesitate to recommend Mike to anyone else, and I would not even consider hiring any other person for future inspection needs.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Home inspection prior to purchase

CATEGORY home inspection

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10/06/2017

Mike Okamura truly lived up to his business name "A Thorough Guy." He spent about 4 hours going through our home, top to bottom, then another hour going over his report. He identified items with issues in and around our house that I didn't even know existed. He identified issues that were present in our house 12 years when we were buying it that did not show up in the inspector's report then. I li...

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Needed a complete home inspection to identify any issues before embarking on series of remodeling projects.

CATEGORY home inspection

Services Offered

Here are some of my credentials: * B.S. ENGINEERING Degree from California State University Fullerton * ICC (International Code Council) certified CALIFORNIA RESIDENTIAL BUILDING INSPECTOR, ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR, PLUMBING INSPECTOR, and MECHANICAL INSPECTOR (most city/county/jurisdictional AHJ inspectors are required to have ICC certifications) * CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) Member & Certified Inspector since 2001 * More can find on my website at www.athoroughguy.com

Services Not Offered

Pool and Spa Inspections (I recommend consulting a pool builder/inspector and not waste your money on a home inspector "pool inspection"), Termite Inspections (I note damage and any visible issues in my 'home inspection' report but do not perform/produce a WDO (Wood Destroying Organism) state licensed 'termite' inspection report).

General Information
Free Estimates
Yes
Eco-Friendly Accreditations
No
Payment Options
Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Emergency Service
No
Warranties
No