Q. When should I schedule the property inspection?
The best time to do this is right after youve
made your offer. The real estate contract usually allows for
a grace period to inspect the building make sure your
real estate agent includes the inspection clause in the contract,
making your obligation to buy contingent upon a professional
inspection. Sometimes its possible to renegotiate the
offer based on what the inspection reveals.
Q. Must I attend the inspection?
Not necessary, but strongly recommended. The walkthrough will prompt you to ask questions, and you will better understand the written report when it arrives.
Q. How long does the inspection take?
Depending on the size, type, and condition of the property, an inspection by David Milazzo
usually takes one and a half to three hours. The written narrative report that follows includes clear descriptions of
what was found and identifies any material defects. The report is thorough, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand.
Q. How long does it take to get the inspection report?
We pride ourselves on our fast turnaround. The report will be completed by midnight the day of the inspection
and then emailed to everyone concerned. The hardcopy, with David Milazzo's signature, will be mailed the following morning.
Q. What if I have further questions after the
We welcome follow up questions. Feel free to
any time after you've received the report.
Q. What are the inspection fees?
Prices vary according to the property type and
size, and if it's a multi-unit building, the number of units
to be inspected. Contact
us to obtain a price.
Q. Can you perform any work on the property?
No. In fact, this is why you can trust that you will receive an accurate and impartial review of the property's condition. As an independent, disinterested party, we do not perform any repairs to the property, which eliminates any possible conflict of interest.
Q. Are property inspectors licensed by the State?
Home inspection is a relatively new profession in California and
not yet licensed by the state. It's wise to choose your home
inspector with the following criteria in mind:
Standards for home inspectors have been established
by the California
Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) and
Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), recognized in
California statutes. Milazzo Inpsection Services complies with these professional standards.
David Milazzo is a licensed California contractor
who has performed more than 5000 property inspections in the
San Francisco Bay Area and has extensive training, including
Milazzo Inspection Services carries Errors and
Omissions and General Liability insurance.
Avoid Price Shopping.
Remember that old adage, you get what you pay
for. Considering that a home is the most expensive article
you are likely to purchase or sell in a lifetime, its
wise to get the most thorough inspection available.
Q. Im about to sell my property
is a pre-sale inspection warranted?
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct
an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to
find by getting there first. A contractor's inspection can discover
unnoticed conditions and allow you the opportunity to make repairs and identify potential problems in the sale.
Your pre-sale inspection is just good business. There are also
legal ramifications that make it a
Q. The property I want to buy is brand new.
Do I really need an inspection?
In a word, YES! For new construction, David
Milazzo highlights punch list items (items that the contractor missed or neglected to complete), which is ideal for new lofts and condominiums. For a full
list of components covered, see Inspection Overview.
Q. Why should I choose Milazzo Inspection Services?
Milazzo Inspection Services is the industry
leader in San Francisco Bay Area residential property inspections.
Were on the approved vendor lists of many Bay Area real
Realtors, take note: We are fully insured
for liability, errors, and omissions, including referring
brokers and agents
David Milazzo, who performs all the inspections,
is a licensed General Building Contractor with many years
of remodeling and building experience. He is uniquely knowledgeable
about problems typical of the Bay Area especially with
San Francisco and its older buildings. He welcomes questions,
both at the physical inspection and after the written report
is delivered. For more information about David, see Meet