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What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional service that aides in determining the current condition of your home’s major systems, based on a visual, physical inspection of accessible features. It focuses on the performance of the home, rather than cosmetic, code or design issues.

The State of California does not issue a Home Inspector License. The service should be provided by a Certified Professional Home Inspector with experience.

Inspections are usually performed during a real estate transaction, but may be done anytime.

Using a home inspection as a tool to help keep your home well maintained is a wise choice. We recommend that you have your home inspected every 3 to 5 years, depending on the age of your home.

Your home inspection will show how your home performs under normal conditions at the time of your inspection.

In California, a home inspector does not perform any task considered invasive such as cutting into walls, unscrewing electrical panels or electrical outlets, inspecting with special tools that looks beyond the surface, etc.

A home inspector cannot provide estimates for work to be done by another contractor, nor can they make any repairs or improvements to your home.

What's included?

I will conduct a mostly visual, thorough (not intrusive) inspection that includes the function and condition the following areas:

The Exterior


Structure- including the foundation

Electrical system-not including what is hidden by walls or panels

Heating and Air Conditioning system

Plumbing system

Insulation and Vapor Barriers


Mechanical and Natural Ventilation systems


Minor Pool Inspection

What's Not Included?

Sewer systems


Septic tanks

Sprinkler Systems

A Home Inspection is Not...

Invasive, or destructive

Intended to identify concealed defects (We can not see UNDER carpets, Inside walls, or move personal property to access areas needing inspection, etc.)

A code or design review

An insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home

Intended to predict future performance or life expectancy

An environmental review or energy audit

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Jerrold Scheidt, Scheidt Home Inspection
2906 E Millbrae Ave
Fresno, CA 93710

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