Servicing: NAPA, SONOMA, MENDOCINO & LAKE

   


                      
    American Society of                                       National Association of
          Home Inspectors
                                        Certified Home Inspectors
Member 249171                                            Member 6082094

BYRON DUERKSEN, ACI, CMI

707.245.7545 (cell/text) or 707.987.9970 (office)
EMAIL ME:  housecheck@mchsi.com
 

      

Welcome to Housecheck Inspection Services. For 17 years, we have been dedicated to helping home buyers get a clear understanding of their chosen home selection, to address concerns and any potential issues. Housecheck is locally owned and operated, not an out-of-state franchise, nor a company of minimally qualified employees or subcontractors.  You can be confident in knowing what and who you are getting.  Call me.

Over the years, I have inspected literally thousands of houses.  I am a seasoned professional, an ASHI Certified Inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors,  and a Board Certified Master Inspector with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

One home inspector is not the same as another in California because California has no regulations or licensing for home inspectors.  I have been approved by the states of Washington, Oregon and Nevada to teach classes to home inspectors where licenses are required. 

A cut-rate inspection could be the most expensive mistake you'll ever make.  Home repairs can be some of the costliest expenses consumers face.  The few dollars you think you could save may cost you thousands of dollars down the road because of missed or overlooked defects, some of which can injure or even kill you.  This is your last opportunity to gain information and understanding on a property which is a major long-term financial commitment.

With over four decades in construction, the building trades, real estate development and real estate sales, I have attained the highest level certifications and advanced continuing education in Home Inspecting.  I am an FHA/HUD Consultant and Inspector as well as a former City Building Inspector.  Also, I am a Certified Thermographer utilizing an infrared camera.

THERMAL IMAGING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF A HOME INSPECTION

Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted.  Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot.

 

BENEFITS OF A HOUSECHECK INSPECTION

Our main focus is to provide FULL SERVICE for our clients.  We continually strive to improve our customers’ home inspection experience, performing high compliance inspections, and providing a comprehensive, detailed, easy to understand report, unlike any other.  We include these additional services at no cost to you:

Free! WALK-AROUND FOLLOWING INSPECTION - Following my inspection, I invite you to walk around with me to discuss what I have found, explore remedies and to answer any questions you have.  There is no time limit placed on this.

Free!  THERMAL IMAGING DETECTION - By utilizing my infrared camera, I can detect costly leaks and potentially dangerous electrical hot spots. 

Free!  90 DAY WARRANTY - You will have a 90 Day Limited Structural and Mechanical Warranty from American Home Warranty, from the date of the inspection. 

Free!  ERRORS AND OMISSIONS INSURANCE - Backed by general liability as well as errors and omissions insurance.

Free!  60 PAGE INSPECTION REPORT - In addition to providing you with the PDF of your inspection report, I will mail you a printed copy in a plastic cover for easy reference.  

Free!  E-BOOK FOR HOME MAINTENANCE - And, finally I will send you a valuable 225 page e-book.  This book is designed to provide you with tips and information to keep your family safe and your home in top condition.

           

"You simply cannot find a better home inspector anywhere, at any price."

WHEN YOU WANT THE BEST, THE CHOICE IS CLEAR

 

As a professional, I maintain my long standing memberships in the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), the two largest and most prominent national home inspector associations who set the standards for industry-wide protocols.

As a former contractor, I can tell you that home inspecting demands far more detailed education in every discipline than a general contractor.  Home Inspecting requires a unique combination of disciplines, skills and education involving many elements that are particularly complex in order to perform the very detailed job of investigating a property.

RECENT REVIEW

Review by Freya Magnusson, S.F.

The reason I chose this man's work over the others is the extreme attention to detail he takes and the very clear list of what he can and cannot comment on. Many people think just a home inspection is sufficient to gauge the property's assessment. It's not. He spells out what needs follow up from a licensed professional specializing in the area of expertise, namely structural engineers, soil stability experts, licensed electricians, and so on. He's very clear in his report what he can and can't comment on. He's reviewed three properties and I'd definitely hire him again and again.

THE REPORT IS A DIRECT REFLECTION OF THE INSPECTOR'S KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE

         Mfd Home Sample Report

   Napa Sample Report

Judge the home inspector by the quality of the Inspection Report which should speak for itself.  A professional report is well written, skillfully prepared, and leaves nothing to your imagination.  It should be well organized and systematically cover every room, component and system.  It should not require anyone to interpret it.  Some reports can be a disorganized volume of comments and pictures, with redundancies as well as omissions, that will leave you confused and unsure.

My reports are specific to your property with no fillers added.  They are designed to walk you through each area of the house and show you what I saw and report on it right then and there.

 

Crumbling Chimney in Attic         Scary Crawl Space

You couldn't put a price of your family's health and safety.  Your home inspection costs very little but it will tell you a whole lot.  It's worth much more than the inspection fee.  My fees are reasonable and affordable, and depend on the perceived amount of time it will take to inspect the property and to produce a fully documented report.

ONE HOME INSPECTOR IS NOT THE SAME AS ANOTHER

There are no regulations in place for home inspecting in California. 

Do your own due diligence before engaging the services of any inspector One home inspector is not the same as another.  California does not license home inspectors, ever. 

Don't let anyone mislead you by claiming to be a State Certified or a Licensed and Bonded home inspector because there is no such thing.  Only in California can somebody be a dog catcher on Tuesday and be a home inspector on Wednesday, and I promise you I'm not making this up. 

DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS THAN THE BEST

To make sure you’re not buying a money pit, you need a professional home inspection before you commit.

We stand behind every inspection we do with errors and omissions insurance and with a 90 day warranty.  The importance of having information that is accurate, complete, and unbiased should not be underestimated.  An inspection report is to provide you with total disclosure before you close escrow, to let you know what you are buying, before you buy it.

Continuing education separates a professional home inspector from all others.  I never stop learning.  I take audited classes and proctored exams.   I use state of the art equipment: tablets, drones, infrared camera, laser devices, and the most sophisticated software utilizing the Cloud, in order to conduct the highest quality inspection and produce the finest report available. 

On a personal note, I have lived in this  area for 20 years, have participated in building homes through Habitat for Humanity, am active in my church and have been on a local School Board for six years.

THE CHEAPEST INSPECTION MAY BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE MISTAKE YOU CAN MAKE

Assuming that you will get the same level of inspection and comprehensive report regardless of the fee is a pitfall you should avoid.  That simply isn’t true.  Shopping for quotes doesn’t begin to tell you what you need to know.   You need to get the most for your money.

Beware:  An inspector who does NOT require a signed contract, has NO insurance.  You have a number of home inspectors from which to choose and you also have a lot to lose.  On numerous occasions, I have been contacted by home buyers who had someone else perform their inspection because they came to the realization that they had received a very poor report.  One buyer had a $31,000 expense and another had a $2,800 expense to correct the false and inaccurate information in the initial report.  Pictures in the reports were not pictures taken at these houses.

Home repairs can be some of the costliest expenses consumers face. The home inspection is too important to try to save a few dollars.  It costs relatively little compared to real estate commissions and down payments, but "the home inspection is the most important part of the real estate transaction" according to Consumer Reports Magazine.

Let Housecheck provide you with the most qualified inspector and the most comprehensive report you can find.   It's the difference between your peace of mind and nagging doubts.

PRE-LISTING INSPECTIONS

If you are about to put your home on the market, a pre-listing inspection will put you ahead of the competition.  It will alert you to any immediate issues discovered before potential buyers tour your home.  Then, any issues or repairs can be resolved ahead of time without rushing, which will help the home show better and give you time for repair choices.  This alone can save you a considerable amount of money.  Without a pre-listing inspection, defects can cause unreasonable price adjustment demands from the buyer or even kill the sale and escrow may drag on instead of closing quickly and smoothly.

You will have a beautiful and informative Inspection Report to show the buyers. 


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY INVESTORS

You have found a potential property investment in the Northern California Wine Country that will suit your needs and it shows promising growth in equity and profits.  With my experience in inspecting a diverse range of commercial properties, I can supply you with a commercial property condition assessment report that will further reduce the financial risk you are about to undertake.  This report can be used as a tool for negotiations.

The purpose of the Physical Condition Survey was to evaluate the building's structural condition and the performance of the principal building systems.  Choose only a professional commercial inspector who will inspect and report on every area.  Only if destructive discovery is required should a contractor be called in. 

PRIVACY POLICY

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                              Housecheck Inspection Services, 21177 Calistoga Road, #1833, Middletown, CA 95461