About Housecheck

707.245.7545 (cell) or 707.987.9970 (office)



Sylvia Duerksen
Office Manager

Although not a certified inspector herself, Sylvia is no stranger to this industry.  She was executive director of a national home inspector association in which capacity she served for over five years.  Sylvia is my wife, my best friend, my office manager and my sounding board.  She is an integral part of Housecheck Inspection Services, designing the logo, brochures and business cards, handling the service agreements, warranties, the website and scheduling inspections and my continuing education.  Sylvia is an alumna of College of Marin where she studied Real Estate Practices, Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Finances and Real Estate Law, but her career path took her into Human Resources.   

I have to work to bring home the dog biscuits. They depend on me and what little I do for them, they give back to me ten-fold. 

Bella                                    Raggs                                    ... and Abby


While I had a construction company, I worked with Habitat for Humanity for a few years in Lake County and on ocassion I meet a family for whom a house was built and  years later they hire me to inspect a new bigger home for their family.  I also have been on the Board of a Private School, K - 8, for six years, not that I have any little ones but education is of vital importance.  Every few weeks, I sing at my church where I have been a member for years.  And I am proud to particiate in helping the homeless with food and supplies through our church program.


It is no accident that the word "service" is in the name of my company because service is what I pride myself on giving the client.  Personal service.  I want you to get to know me and what I can provide for you and I will bend over backwards to live up to and exceed your expectations.  And, I work hard to maintain an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. 

I use a sophisticated,  state-of-the-art, computerized reporting software, which sends the report from the inspection site to the cloud and is then retrieved back at my office for additional comments and pictures.  The inspection is done with a tablet in which a camera, flash and microphone are contained in order to accurately report what I am inspecting on the spot.   My report is laid out room by room, is comprehensive, easy to read, easy to understand and intelligent.   If you have to slog through a bewildering report and at the end you have no clear idea what was found, that report is of little use to you and you probably wasted your money.  My report is designed to walk you through each area of the house and show you what I saw and report on it right then and there.

I have a real passion for what I do.  Every inch of the property is inspected -- all structural, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems, deck construction and plumbing.  I crawl under the house.  I go up into the attic.  I walk on roofs.  I will notify you of any item that is a potential issue.  I provide quality color photos in every inspection report.  One picture really is worth a thousand words.  You will understand every item by the time I am finished.


For the Best Wine Country Home Inspection, call me at 707-245-7545.