Welcome to Camelot
Home Inspection Services
Lompoc Home Inspectors. Welcome to the website of Camelot Home Inspection Services, specialists in the pre-purchase and
pre-sale evaluation of single and multi-family residential properties in and around Lompoc, CA. Camelot inspects both new and preowned homes, condominiums,
townhomes, duplexes, manufactured homes (aka
mobile homes), modular homes, and small commercial properties. At Camelot, we strive to provide home buyers in Lompoc with a
level of service that matches the significance of the purchase they are about to make - in all probability the single largest investment
of their lives. With every home inspection comes years of
education, training and professional experience. Your home inspector will share this special knowledge with the home buyer to ensure that
their investment decision is an informed one.
To avoid any perceived
conflict of interest, your home inspector cannot and will not perform any corrective or repair work on the homes that he inspects, nor
will he refer any repair work to others. Camelot Home Inspection Services is not aligned or affiliated
with any real estate companies or brokerage firms. When you hire us to go to work for you, we have your best interests in mind —
In addition to Lompoc, Camelot serves the Central Coast
communities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Baywood, Buellton, Cambria, Cayucos, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Santa
Maria, San Luis Obispo, Los Olivos, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Orcutt, Paso
Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Margarita, Santa Ynez, San Simeon, Shell
Beach, Solvang, and Templeton.
We understand a home buyer's reluctance to use a local home inspector referred to them by an unfamiliar real estate agent. For this reason, and as our schedule permits, Camelot will gladly travel outside of our 'normal' service area, thus guaranteeing you an impartial and unbiased home
inspection. Other areas served include southern Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, and Monterey County.
Contacting Us For a Home
Typically, a home inspector is
contacted right after the purchase offer has been accepted and the contract has been signed. However, before you sign, be sure that there
is a home inspection clause in the contract that makes your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home
inspection. This inspection clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
It is important to schedule the home inspection directly following
acceptance to ensure that you have sufficient time to have all necessary inspections completed (including any recommended further
evaluations by specialists), receive all inspection reports, and to negotiate any requests for repairs or credits, if possible. Most purchase
contracts have an inspection contingency period of 17 days from acceptance, but you should double-check your purchase contract or contact
your real estate agent to verify this.
Camelot's sole proprietor and principal inspector, is eminently qualified to inspect your home. If the time has come to have your home
inspected, don't be shy about giving him a call to set up an appointment. He will be more than happy to discuss the inspection process
with you, and address any additional questions or concerns that you might have.
CREIA Master Inspector
and Certified Member of
Inspecting homes since 1994.
Over 5500 homes inspected.
Please send all correspondence to:
P.O. Box 4952, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Office: (805) 471-9447
Home Inspector Qualifications
The home inspection
profession is a relatively new one and as such is not yet regulated in most states. Where licensing or certification is not a
requirement, such as in California, anyone can claim to be a home inspector, and there are no laws to prevent them from doing so. It is
therefore important that the home buyer exercise due caution when selecting a home inspector.
In California, the only practical standards for home inspectors are those enacted by
professional inspection associations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the nation's leading non-profit professional association for independent home inspectors, and the California Real Estate Inspection
Association (CREIA). Membership in these associations requires initial
testing, adherence to a professional standards of practice and code of ethics, and ongoing educational programs. When you search for a
home inspector, be certain that the individual actually performing the inspection holds membership in both of these CA State recognized
guilds to receive the level of experience and knowledge that is needed for such an important investment.
Martin Hewitt, Camelot's principal inspector, is a Certified member (ACI)
of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). This designation is reserved only
for those members who have met the highest educational, experience and ethical requirements set forth by the ASHI Certification Committee
(ACC) and accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). This certification is the only program awarded in this
manner for the home inspection profession.
Martin P. Hewitt, ACI
Certified ASHI Member No. 202935
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is also a Master CREIA Inspector (MCI) member of the California Real Estate
Inspection Association (CREIA). The Master CREIA Inspector designation is the highest possible
rating that can be obtained through CREIA. This designation is only given to those inspectors that have obtained many hours of additional
training, performed a minimum 1000 inspections, maintained regular CREIA membership for a minimum 2 years, and have been tested for
knowledge above and beyond the already high standards set for the regular members of CREIA.
Martin is a past President of the San Luis Obispo CREIA chapter, and recently served two years as a CREIA Regional Director. He has also served on the CREIA Board of Directors.
Martin P. Hewitt,
Master CREIA Inspector No. 39
What Will We Do For You?
Following are some of
the systems and components ("items") that are inspected and reported on during the course of our inspection. These items are examined for
material defects that would significantly affect the value, desirability, or safety of the home:
1. Foundations, basements and underfloor areas — including but not limited to: foundations and support components; ventilation; insulation; access openings; wood separation
from soil; drainage and sump pumps; seismic anchoring and bracing.
2. Building exteriors — including but not limited to: surface grade; hardscaping; site
drainage; wall coverings; doors and windows; attached appurtenances (decks, balconies, porches, stairs, railings and walkways,
3. Roof coverings — including but not limited to: roof coverings; flashings; vents; skylights; roof penetrations; roof drainage.
4. Attic areas and roof framing — including but not limited to: framing and sheathing; access openings; insulation; ventilation.
5. Plumbing systems — including but
not limited to: supply, waste and vent piping; plumbing fixtures, faucets and drains; water heating equipment; functional flow of water
supply; functional drainage at fixtures; gas piping and connectors.
6. Electrical systems — including but not limited to: service conductors, service
equipment and capacity; panels and overcurrent protection devices; service and equipment grounding; wiring; switches: receptacles and
7. Heating systems — including but not limited to: heating equipment; venting systems; combustion and ventilating air; energy sources
and connections; distribution systems.
8. Central cooling
systems — including but not limited to: cooling equipment; distribution systems; energy sources
and connections; condensate drainage.
9. Fireplaces and
chimneys — including but not limited to: chimneys; flues and dampers; fireboxes, hearth extensions
and accessories; solid-fuel and gas-burning appliances.
Building interiors — including but not limited to: walls, ceilings and floors; security bars;
ventilation; doors and windows; stairs; railings; cabinets and counters; safety glazing; smoke detector placement; laundry provisions;
For more detailed information about
what it is we inspect (and do not inspect), you can download a copy of the CREIA and/or ASHI Standards of Practice at the links provided
below (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
If you click on the link below, you can
download and review a copy of the Real Estate Inspection Agreement used by Camelot Home Inspection Services. Please don't hesitate to
give us a call if you have any questions concerning this agreement.
Once we've completed the inspection, the home inspection report will follow
directly, usually within 24 hours. Our detailed narrative report, which includes photos, takes the guess work out of reading an
inspection report, making it easier for you to better understand the condition of the home and assist you in your purchase decision. We
speed up the delivery process by sending you the report via email. Or, if you prefer, we can send you a link so that you can download it
directly from our website.
If we have not yet convinced you
that you are far better off using the services of Camelot than those of a competitor, we urge you to compare our inspection report with
inspection reports issued by the other companies in the area. You will soon discover that many companies are issuing their customers reports
commonly referred to as "checklists". Checklist reports are considered obsolete, and do not provide you with the level of information you need to make a fully informed purchase decision.
To view a sample Inspection Report issued by Camelot Home Inspection Services, please click on the link below.
Areas served include Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Baywood, Buellton, Cambria, Cayucos, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Santa
Maria, San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Orcutt, Paso
Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Margarita, Santa Ynez, San Simeon, Shell
Beach, Solvang, and Templeton.
Although outside our normal service area, for an additional travel fee of $50.00 we also serve Monterey, Salinas, Gilroy, and Carmel.
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Shopping for Home Inspectors?
Are you under the impression — or have you been led to believe — that all home inspectors are equally qualified and knowledgeable? Did you know that there is no such thing as a California State licensed or certified home inspector? That's right. In California, the home inspection profession is entirely unregulated. Anybody can throw together a website and pass himself off as a home inspector. If you don't do your due diligence you won't be able to tell the difference between a "real" home inspector and a "wannabe" until it's too late.
Fortunately, there are two very legitimate home inspector associations (ASHI and CREIA) who have independently trained, tested, and certified home inspectors in the state of California since 1976. These certifications do NOT come easy, or cheaply. Do NOT be duped into hiring a local, low-cost "home inspector" who lacks ASHI or CREIA certification. This is NOT the time to go bargain hunting (especially if your real estate agent is trying to convince you that it is). And please, do yourself a big favor and ignore anybody who tries to convince you that "certification" from fly-by-night, jonny-come-lately outfits such as NACHI/CalNACHI/InterNACHI represent a credible substitute. As of this writing they do not.
Ask the inspectors you talk with to provide you with proof of ASHI or CREIA certification (not just paid "associate" status). Look for their names on the ASHI and CREIA websites. If they are not certified ASHI or CREIA members, just keep looking. There are plenty of certified ASHI or CREIA members who have justly earned the right to call themselves "home inspectors" and are truly worthy of your patronage.
Also, ask the inspector you choose to provide you with proof of insurance (both a general liability and an errors and omissions policy). Uninsured home inspectors should be avoided at any cost.
Answers to Common Questions
What is a
A home inspection is an objective visual
examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a
physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
What does an inspection include?
The standard home inspector's report will review the condition of the home's heating system,
central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible
insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment an individual will ever make.
You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you
can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the
property you are about to purchase.
Talk to any experienced home buyer and
you'll hear horror stories of properties they fell in love with, only to have their home inspector discover that the house was
structurally unsound or needed tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. Having this knowledge helped them pass on what may ultimately
have been a bad deal, or in many instances provided them with the information they needed to negotiate a lower sale price. If you choose the right home
inspector, a home inspection will often pay for itself many times over.
If you are
already a home owner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measures which might avoid
costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the
market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and an opportunity to
make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
What does a home inspection cost?
fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee
may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services, such as
inspection of a swimming pool, spa, or additional secondary structures. It is a good idea to check local prices on your own.
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a
home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The inspector's
qualifications, including his/her experience, training, and professional affiliations, and the type of report that he/she provides that
should be the most important considerations, not the fee that is charged. In the end, you will get what you pay for.
Can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has
inspected thousands of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper
installation, and maintenance. He understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and
why they fail. In addition, most homebuyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they
really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion
by an expert in the field of home inspection.
Can a house
fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is
an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal
inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its
physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
How do I find a home inspector?
These days, the
best source is via the internet, using a popular search engine such as Google, and the names of some local inspectors can also be found
in the Yellow Pages under the heading of "Home Inspection Services".
Whatever your referral source, you will want to make sure that the home inspector is a Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors
(ASHI) in order to be certain of his or her professional qualifications,
experience, and business ethics.
What is ASHI?
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is America's oldest and
leading non-profit professional association for independent home inspectors.
Since its formation in 1976, ASHI's Standards of Practice have served as the home inspector's performance
guideline, universally recognized and accepted by professional and government authorities alike. Copies of the Standards are available
free from ASHI.
ASHI's professional Code of Ethics prohibits
Members from engaging in conflict of interest activities which might compromise their objectivity. This is the consumer's assurance that
the inspector will not, for example, use the inspection to solicit or refer repair work.
In order to assist home inspectors in furthering their education, ASHI sponsors a number of
technical seminars and workshops throughout the year, often in cooperation with one of its nearly 50 Chapters. ASHI also serves as a
public interest group by providing accurate and helpful consumer information to home buyers on home purchasing and home
Who belongs to ASHI?
ASHI members are independent professional home inspectors who have met the
most rigorous technical and experience requirements in effect today. To become an ASHI Member, an inspector must pass two written
technical exams, have performed a minimum of 250 professional fee-paid home inspections, and maintained his or her candidate status for
no less than six months. ASHI Members are required to follow the Society's Code of Ethics, and to obtain continuing education credits in
order to keep current with the latest in building technology, materials, and professional skills.
Do I have to be there for the inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended. You will be able to
observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain
it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you've seen the property first-hand through the inspector's
What if the inspection report reveals
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies
problems, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust
the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in
future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Absolutely. Now you can complete the purchase with full peace of mind. You
will also have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and will want to keep that information for
Most of the information above has been provided
courtesy of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
Pricing a Home Inspection
The price that Camelot charges for a home inspection is typically based on the age, type of
foundation (slab or raised), and the total square footage of the home. We may also take into consideration the overall general condition,
location, sales price, and ownership/rental history. Employing this type of pricing structure allows us to remain competitive with other
qualified home inspection companies and still provide you with a level of service that the others cannot afford to match.
Please give us a call at 805-471-9447 so that we can provide you with a
If you would like us to inspect a swimming
pool, a spa, or any additional (secondary) structures or components, please let us know so that we can include those items in our
If you would
like to have us provide you with a quote by email, please fill out the form below and we'll respond as quickly as possible.