Rick Daniel, Inspecting Homes Since 2004
My name is Rick Daniel CMI®. I am a Certified Master Home Inspector. At last count there were only forty-four InterNachi approved Certified Master Inspectors in California.
is the comment most often stated by clients to describe the inspection presentation and written report they receive.
My job is simple. I turn questions, doubts and concerns about a property into facts. When we have the facts about a building it is easier to make a decision. We can manage facts.
The underlying strategy I use to conduct a property inspection is very effective. I ask myself, “If I were buying this property, what would I want to know?”
The answer is simple: EVERYTHING!
Collecting that information requires focus, skill and time. My clients appreciate the results.
ABOUT INSPECTING HOMES
It is amazing how diverse California properties are.
Working in the High Sierra counties of Calaveras, Tuolumne, Alpine and Amador; lake communities of the foothills, rural and farming communities of the Central Valley counties of San Joaquin and Stanislaus and the metropolitan counties of the San Francisco Bay Area including Alameda, Contra Costa County and Santa Cruz has provided an amazing range of experience, opportunity and perspective.
The list of home styles I have inspected covers virtually everything under the sun. Many of the properties are custom built, many date back to the 1800′s, and the variety of home owner “modifications” I have encountered is endless.
Plus, how many home inspectors do you know who could say they have inspected homes with their very own gold mines on the property?!
The home style list includes but is not limited to:
- Manufactured Homes
- Water Front Homes
- Historic Bed and Breakfasts
- Tract Homes
- Mountain Cabins
- Log Cabins and Log Homes
- Hunting Lodges
- Custom Homes
- Historic Buildings
- Ranch Homes
- Camping Resorts (with 9 cabins)
- Ski Resort Cabins
- Garden Homes
- Golf Country Club Homes
- Solar Homes
- Community Club Houses and
- Elite Executive Homes
I provide service to any person desiring an Expert Generalist’s written home inspection report on a residential or commercial building, based on the industry’s recognized Home Inspection standards.
These inspections are based on the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI ID# 09050701), The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI ID#258510) and the State of California’s Business and Professions Code (including new statutes related to the seven drowning prevention safety features for pools and spas).
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Below is a brief overview of the most frequently asked questions about our service.
Q. When can I get an inspection done?
A. We conduct an average of two inspections per day, Tuesday through Saturday. Our morning inspection begins at 9 am and the afternoon inspection begins at 2 pm. Other arrangements can be made to accommodate the specific scheduling requirements of our clients including Sundays, Mondays and holidays if needed.
Q. Can I be present?
A. Absolutely! In fact, it is highly recommended that you attend to get a full understanding of the property. My favorite aspect of the work is the educational one. Buyers, Sellers and Realtors are encouraged to attend the report presentation at the completion of the inspection. It is recommended the client arrive at the end of the third hour. The inspection process takes a minimum of 3 hours to complete and most visitors get bored waiting for us to finish. The kids get REALLY restless as well.
Q. How long before I get a copy of the report?
A. We distribute the reports within 24 hours of completing the inspection. You can expect to receive a PDF version of the report delivered via E-mail within 24 hours. An exception could occur on the weekends where processing might be delayed until Monday morning.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. The cost is based on the square footage of the building. Price discounts are available for qualified clients. The fee schedule can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
We can bill an escrow account or bill the client directly. Inspections paid directly on the day of the inspection by check receive a $25 discount off the base fee and $50 off when paid by cash. Paid receipts are provided for either. We can also accept credit card payments.
Q. Who gets a copy of the report?
A. Most of our inspections are conducted for the buyer of the property. Our policy is to provide a PDF file of the report to the buyer. The Realtors each receive a PDF copy via email unless otherwise instructed by the paying client.
Q. Do I have to sign a contract?
A. Either the client or their Realtor must sign the contract before the inspection is conducted. The contract is based on established standards recognized throughout the industry and can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
Q. Are you licensed and insured?
A. There is no licensing for Home Inspectors in the State of California. I am certified through a national organization called the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and earned the Certified Master Inspector (CMI®) rating through an affiliated organization. At last count there were only 44 InterNACHI inspectors with the CMI rating in California. I am also a member of the The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
I carry Errors and Omission and liability insurance.
Q. How long have you been doing this work?
A. I started training in the summer of 2003 and began working full time as a home inspector in October of 2004. As of May 13, 2018 I have personally conducted over 3,478 inspections.