Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma & Napa County Home Inspections

 

                             
     
ASHI # 249171       FHA/HUD # S0770         NACHI # 608209

BYRON DUERKSEN, ACI, CMI

707.245.7545 (cell/text) or 707.987.9970 (office)


EMAIL:  housecheck@mchsi.com

                     


WHEN YOU WANT THE BEST, THE CHOICE IS CLEAR

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, with the finest in home inspections.  Housecheck is locally owned and operated, not an out-of-state franchise. 

Having achieved the designations of ASHI Certified Inspector and Certified Master Inspector, I am uniquely qualified by the largest, most respected organizations in the U.S. who set the standards and protocols for home inspecting.

More than 4,000 home buyers have trusted Housecheck to provide them with peace of mind in making their decision on a home purchase.  With our proven reputation for thorough inspections and quality reports, you can be confident in knowing what and who you are getting.

ONE HOME INSPECTOR IS NOT THE SAME AS ANOTHER

Not in California because the State does not license home inspectors and has no regulations for training, insurance, reporting, or conduct for home inspectors.  This is your last opportunity to gain information and understanding on a property which is a major long-term financial commitment.

The level of service, quality of reports and backgrounds vary widely from one inspector to another.  Give me a call and I will be happy to tell you what we can offer you.

Some inspections can raise more questions than answers causing undue concern and stress for all parties.  Professional verbal and written communication is the key to relieving this fear and achieving a smooth transaction.

California Trade Practice Act (Chapter 338) prohibits a home inspector from making any repairs to a property he has inspected.

A cut-rate home inspection could be the most expensive mistake you'll ever make.  Home repairs are one 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.

All professionals must carry liability insurance.  If you run across a home inspector who does not ask you to sign an agreement, you need to know that he has NO errors and omissions insurance.  This puts you at financial risk for any unreported defects.

Hands-on Training, Complete Education and Experience distinguish any professional from all the others.  I've been trained by the foremost home inspectors in the country and have attained the highest level certifications on roofing and attics to crawl space, electrical to plumbing, and advanced continuing education in Home Inspecting.  
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My experience includes multiple terms serving on the Board of Directors as President of American Institute of Inspectors, as Region 1 Director for the California Real Estate Association and as a former city building inspector.  I have been a state approved trainer of licensed home inspectors in WA, OR and NV.  And, I currently serve as an FHA/HUD Inspector/Consultant.
 
To make sure you’re not buying a money pit, you need a professional home inspection before you commit.  With over four decades in construction, the building trades, real estate development and real estate sales, I believe I can offer you the best in service and satisfaction. 

BENEFITS OF A HOUSECHECK INSPECTION

Our main focus is to provide FULL SERVICE for our clients.  Our inspections are designed to be an educational experience for the buyers who receives much more than a report.   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!   ERRORS AND OMISSIONS INSURANCE - Backed by general liability as well as errors and omissions insurance. 

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!   60 PAGE INSPECTION REPORT - Every page is specfic to the inspected home.  There are no fillers.  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."

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

Click for SAMPLE REPORT ON MANUFACTURED HOME   (then open your downloads file)

Click for SAMPLE REPORT ON LAKESIDE HOME   (then open your downloads file)

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.  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 average 60 pages, are specific to your property from cover to cover, and contain NO FILLERS. 

 
Crumbling Chimney in Attic       Scary Crawl Space

This attic and the crawl space are where the most secrets are revealed.  A crumbling chimney is a fire hazard at the very least.  The lack of an upward draft that this causes could fill the attic with smoke and carbon monoxide.  Those falling supports under this two story home are scary and need immediate attention.

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. 

DECK COLLAPSES

A few months ago, I had clients purchasing a lovely house on the lake.  Sadly, these same clients had lost their daughter and their niece in the Berkeley Balconey Collapse.  This nightmare is happening all over the country.

A home inspector who is not up to the task might very well miss the fact that the nice looking deck is a safety hazard.   And the startling fact is most do not know how a deck should be built, not even those who were contractors who built decks.  If they did, I would not find one in three decks unsafe.  CLICK HERE for more information 

  

THERMAL IMAGING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF A HOME INSPECTION

I am a Certified Thermographer utilizing my infrared camera to reveal hidden defects. Thermal imaging or infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. CLICK HERE for more information

 


BEWARE OF UNINSURED INSPECTORS

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.

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.

UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIALS

I have hundreds of satisfied customers because my service is not only of the highest technical caliber but my reports are unmatched.   CLICK HERE for more information


    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.   CLICK HERE for more information.

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.    CLICK HERE for more information

AWARD WINNING INSPECTOR

 

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.

PRIVACY POLICY

Nowhere on this website do we ask you to fill in your contact information.  That ploy is used by some to sell your contact information to advertisers and vendors.  We collect no personal information or data, other than what is required for our insurance and the inspection report.  Also, we do not collect credit card information over the internet.
 

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