Santa Barbara Home Inspector

Santa Barbara Home Inspector - Santa Barbara area home inspector providing professional home inspections in Santa Barbara and other nearby Santa Barbara County communities. ASHI and CREIA Certified. Other cities served include Goleta, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Summerland, Carpenteria and Isla Vista.

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Welcome to Camelot Home Inspection Services

Welcome to the website of Camelot Home Inspection Services, specialists in the pre-purchase evaluation of single and multi-family residential properties in the Santa Barbara, CA area.

At Camelot, we strive to provide the home buyer 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 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, Camelot's home inspectors do not perform any corrective or repair work on the homes that they inspect, nor will they refer any repair work to others. Camelot Home Inspection Services is not aligned or affiliated with any real estate companies or brokerage firms.

Camelot serves the Central Coast communities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and Isla Vista.

We understand a home buyer's reluctance to use a local home inspector referred to them by a local real estate agent, especially one with minimal experience and who may have no insurance. 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 northern Ventura County and northern Santa Barbara County.

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Contacting a Home Inspector

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. 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.

Martin Hewitt, Camelot's sole proprietor and principal inspector, is eminently qualified to inspect your home. If the time has come to have your home inspected, please give 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.

Martin Hewitt
CREIA Master Inspector
and Certified Member of ASHI

Inspecting homes since 1994.
Over 5500 homes inspected.

Office: (805) 471-9447


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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 of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

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Martin 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 has served as a CREIA Chapter President, CREIA Regional Director, and has also served on the CREIA Board of Directors.

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What Do 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, etc.).

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 light fixtures.

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.

10. 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; built-in appliances.

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).


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CREIA Standards of Practice
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ASHI Standards of Practice

If you click on the link below, you can download and review a copy of the Standard Real Estate Inspection Agreement used by Camelot. Please don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions concerning this agreement.

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Standard Real Estate Inspection 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. If you wish, we can speed up the delivery process by sending you the report via email or 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 the reports issued by the other companies in the area. You will soon discover that most companies are still issuing their customers a report that is commonly referred to as a "checklist". Not only is this type of reporting method considered obsolete, it is the reporting system preferred by most new and inexperienced inspectors.

To view a sample Inspection Report issued by Camelot Home Inspection Services, please click on the link below.

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Sample Real Estate Inspection Report

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Areas Served

Areas served include Santa Barbara and surrounding communities including Goleta, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Summerland, Isla Vista, Carpenteria, Ojai, Santa Ynez, Solvang, and Buellton.

Other Areas Served

We can certainly understand a home buyer's reluctance to use a local home inspector referred to them by an unfamiliar real estate agent. So why not just bring in your own home inspector? If our schedule allows, we also serve Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks. Other cities (to the north) 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




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Shopping for Home Inspectors?

Are you under the impression that all home inspectors are equally qualified and knowledgeable, or that home inspectors in the State of California are licensed? If you are, then you are mistaken. Home inspectors are not all the same, and there is no such thing as a State licensed or certified home inspector. Fortunately, there are two CA State-recognized home inspector associations (ASHI and CREIA) who independently train, test, and certify home inspectors. These certifications do NOT come easy, or cheaply. Do NOT be duped into hiring a low-cost "home inspector" who lacks ASHI or CREIA certification. This is NOT the time to go bargain hunting. And please, ignore those who try to convince you that "certification" from internet-based outfits such as Nachi/InterNachi et al. are a credible substitute. Most of them don't even come close.

So What Can I Do?

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 home inspection?

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 you 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. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.

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?

The inspection 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.

However, 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 knowledge gained from an inspection performed by an experienced, long-term ASHI inspector is well worth the premium fee that he or she usually commands over less skilled home inspectors.

The type of inspection report that your home inspector provides is also an important consideration. A detailed, typewritten narrative report is far superior to a handwritten checklist report, and is much easier to understand.

Ultimately, it is the inspector's qualifications, including his or 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. 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 maintenance.

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 eyes.

What if the inspection report reveals problems?

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 future reference.

Most of the information above has been provided courtesy of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

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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 in the area, while providing you with a level of service and expertise that cannot be matched.

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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 quote.

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.

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Our preferred method of payment is via Chase QuickPay
as it is instant and does not involve a transaction fee. We also accept credit cards or PayPal (click on PayPal logo below), but we ask that you add a 3% handling fee. We also gladly accept cash or personal checks. Payment of inspection fees are due upon completion of the inspection and, in most cases, must be received before we can issue the report.

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