Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, & Lake County Inspections

      Lake and Mendocino Counties' Most Experienced and Most Qualified Home Inspector



  ASHI # 249171       FHA/HUD # S0770         NACHI # 608209

Call Me: 707.245.7545 (cell/text) or 707.987.9970 (office)   Email:



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 and inspection reports.  Housecheck is locally owned and operated, not an out-of-state franchise. 

Never buy a house without an inspection.  Home repairs are one of the costliest expenses consumers face according to Consumer Reports.

We are known for providing Mendocino home inspections, Fort Bragg home inspections, Gualala home inspection and surrounding area that consistently exceed the Standards of Practice, which are minimum requirements. Housecheck offers affordable home inspections.  Call 707-245-7545 for a free estimate.  We provide a comprehensive and easy-to-read report, room by room, system by system, with lots of pictures and narratives and no acronyms to decipher and no check boxes (like "the roof vents were IN" and "the drainage system was RR") -- what does that means? and more importantly is that what you want?

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. 

All inspections are consistent with the California Health and Safety Act and Section 7195 of the Business and Professions Code.


Not in California because the State does not license or regulate home inspectors. This is not a time to shop prices because what you will receive differs a great deal depending on experience, credentials, training, insurance, report writing, and conduct of  home inspectors.  Every Housecheck home inspection is backed by a 90 Way Warranty and our Errors and Omissions Insurance.  Because there is no California requirement, DIY home inspectors offer neither one.

Buying a house is a major long-term financial commitment.  The level of service, quality of reports and background education vary widely from one inspector to another.  Go with a Pro.  Give me a call at 707-245-7545.

A cut-rate home inspection could be the most expensive mistake you'll ever make.  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.  California Trade Practice Act (Chapter 338) prohibits a home inspector from making any repairs to a property he has inspected.


First and foremost, it’s a good idea to know what a home inspection is. Basically, it’s an onsite inspection of a home carried out by a professional who will give his opinion as to the state of the house. This primarily visual examination is intended to detect defects within the home’s appliances and structural integrity. The assessment also focuses on components nearing the end of their life, have suffered damage due to neglect, and are deemed unsafe. The findings will be compiled in a written report looking primarily at the following components:

  • Roof
  • Structure
  • Exterior
  • Electrical systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Insulation and Air/Vapor Barriers
  • Interior
  • Mechanical and Natural Ventilation systems

It’s worth remembering that a home inspection will not result in an insurance policy or extended warranty, and is only an advisory procedure to help you make a decision whether the home is worth buying. The inspector will not carry out any invasive or damaging examinations, nor is he there to carry out an energy audit.


To make sure you're not buying a money pit, you need a professional home inspection before you commit to probably the most expensive purchase you have ever made.

Having served in leadership roles within the industry and having achieved the ASHI Gold Certified Inspector designation by the American Society of Home Inspectors and the Certified Master Inspector designation from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, I am uniquely qualified by the largest, most respected organizations in the U.S. who set the standards and protocols for home inspecting.

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.

Beware of a home inspector who does not ask you to sign an agreement, because he has NO errors and omissions insurance.  This puts you at financial risk for any unreported defects.

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.


Our main focus is to provide FULL SERVICE for our clients.  Our residential 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!  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 - Every page is specific to the home inspected.  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."


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


When you shop for a home, whether you are looking for a fixer-upper, new construction, or one in move-in condition, there are generally essential components that make up any structure.  Some things that are often overlooked are wear and tear, or components nearing the end of or past their life expectancy.  Another factor to take into consideration is the change in building codes and materials since the original construction.

Electrical System Inspections

An electrical system is part of the mechanical components of the structure.  A home inspector is not required to report on Code violations, but he is required to conduct a thorough visual examination of the visible aspects of a home’s electrical system.  This includes outlets, fixtures and circuit wiring and sometimes a thermal imaging camera can capture hot spots.

Plumbing Inspections

A home inspector can only be responsible for the components that are visible.  Much of your home’s plumbing system is hidden inside walls.  Howver, what is visible will offer clues.   Galvanized pipe is often an indication of outdated material.  Its corrosive qualities will cause it to fail before other materials.  Copper piping is preferable, but there are many other rigid and semi-rigid synthetic materials that are long-lasting and affordable.  Pex piping is the current preference and has outstanding durability.

Structural Inspections

A structural inspection takes full inventory of those physical structures that literally hold a house together.  When they fall into disrepair, whether due to the ravages of time, natural disasters, or faulty workmanship, they often cost big bucks to repair so these must be included in a professional inspection report.


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.

Deck Inspections

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 unsafeCLICK HERE for more information



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


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



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.

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.

Continuing education separates a professional home inspector from all others.  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.


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


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.




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.



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