When it comes to hiring the best home inspector, experience is everything. The best home inspectors are the ones with the most experience. An inspector's professional qualifications and years of service can attest to that experience. Established in 1994, Camelot Home Inspection Services is owned and operated by Martin Hewitt, a Master CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Assn.) inspector and Certified ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Inspector with over 29 years of home inspection experience. In California, where there is no State licensing or regulation of home inspectors, dual certification with ASHI and CREIA demonstrates a dedication to ethics, education and service above and beyond the norm.
At Camelot, we strive to provide every home buyer with a level of service that matches the significance of the purchase they are about to make. After all, it could very well be the most important investment of their life, be it a manufactured home or a mega-mansion. With every home inspection comes years of education, training and professional experience. Martin Hewitt, your home inspector, will share this knowledge with you to help ensure that your investment decision is an informed one.
To avoid any perceived conflict of interest, Camelot cannot and will not perform any corrective or repair work on homes that we inspect, nor do we refer any repair work. Camelot Home Inspection Services is not aligned or affiliated with any real estate companies or brokerage firms. When you hire us, we go to work for you and nobody else.
In addition to Montecito, Camelot Home Inspection Services serves the Central Coast communities of
Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Orcutt, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Margarita, Shell Beach and Templeton.
However, we can certainly appreciate a home buyer's hesitancy in hiring an inexperienced and unqualified home inspector referred to them by an unfamiliar real estate agent. For this reason, and as our schedule permits, we are open to traveling outside of our 'normal' service area, thus guaranteeing you an impartial and unbiased home inspection. These areas include the Central Coast communities in and around Santa Barbara, including
Santa Ynez, and
Why Choose Us
The home inspection profession is a relatively new one and as such is not yet regulated in most states. Where licensing or certification is not a requirement, such as in California, anyone can claim to be a home inspector, and there are no laws to prevent them from doing so. It is therefore important that the home buyer exercise due caution when selecting a home inspector.
In California, the only practical standards for home inspectors are those enacted by professional inspection associations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the nation's leading non-profit professional association for independent home inspectors, and the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA).
Membership in these associations requires initial testing, adherence to a professional standards of practice and code of ethics, and ongoing educational programs. When you search for a home inspector, be certain that the individual actually performing the inspection holds membership in both of these CA State recognized guilds to receive the level of experience and knowledge that is needed for such an important investment.
Martin Hewitt, ACI
Certified ASHI Member No. 202935
Martin Hewitt, Camelot Home Inspection Services's sole proprietor and principal inspector, is a certified member (ACI) of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). This designation is reserved only for those members who have met the highest educational, experience and ethical requirements set forth by the ASHI Certification Committee (ACC) and accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). This certification is the only program awarded in this manner for the home inspection profession. Martin has been a certified ASHI member since 1998.
Master CREIA Inspector No. 39
Martin is also a Master CREIA Inspector (MCI) member of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA). A Master CREIA Inspector (MCI) is the highest and most difficult classification that can be obtained through the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA). This designation is only given to those inspectors that have been a member in good standing for 2 years, obtained over 250 hours of additional training/education, performed over 1000 inspections and have successfully passed the 4-part Residential Combination Inspector, California Residential Combination Inspector OR Combination Dwelling Inspector exam(s), taken through the International Code Council Examination (ICC). Master CREIA Inspectors (MCI) must also uphold (30) Continuing Education Credits for each year that they are with CREIA.
Martin is a past President of the San Luis Obispo CREIA chapter, and recently served two years as a CREIA Regional Director. He has also served on the CREIA Board of Directors for multiple terms. Martin became a member of CREIA in 1995.
CREIA vets all of its members on an annual basis to ensure that they do not have a criminal background. This allows agents, buyers, and sellers to feel confident and secure knowing that the individual that's been hired to enter the home can be trusted. Why settle for less?
What We Do
Following are some of the systems and components ("items") that are inspected and reported on during the course of our inspection. These items are examined for material defects that would significantly affect the value, desirability, or safety of the home:
1. Foundations, basements and underfloor areas — including but not limited to: foundations and support components; ventilation; insulation; access openings; wood separation from soil; drainage and sump pumps; seismic anchoring and bracing.
2. Building exteriors — including but not limited to: surface grade; hardscaping; site drainage; wall coverings; doors and windows; attached appurtenances (decks, balconies, porches, stairs, railings and walkways, etc.).
3. Roof coverings — including but not limited to: roof coverings; flashings; vents; skylights; roof penetrations; roof drainage.
4. Attic areas and roof framing — including but not limited to: framing and sheathing; access openings; insulation; ventilation.
5. Plumbing systems — including but not limited to: supply, waste and vent piping; plumbing fixtures, faucets and drains; water heating equipment; functional flow of water supply; functional drainage at fixtures; gas piping and connectors.
6. Electrical systems — including but not limited to: service conductors, service equipment and capacity; panels and overcurrent protection devices; service and equipment grounding; wiring; switches: receptacles and light fixtures.
7. Heating systems — including but not limited to: heating equipment; venting systems; combustion and ventilating air; energy sources and connections; distribution systems.
8. Central cooling systems — including but not limited to: cooling equipment; distribution systems; energy sources and connections; condensate drainage.
9. Fireplaces and chimneys — including but not limited to: chimneys; flues and dampers; fireboxes, hearth extensions and accessories; solid-fuel and gas-burning appliances.
10. Building interiors — including but not limited to: walls, ceilings and floors; security bars; ventilation; doors and windows; stairs; railings; cabinets and counters; safety glazing; smoke detector placement; laundry provisions; built-in appliances.
For more detailed information about what it is we inspect (and do not inspect), you can download a copy of the CREIA and/or ASHI Standards of Practice at the links provided below.
CREIA Standards of Practice
The CREIA® Standards of Practice provide guidelines for a real estate inspection in California and define certain terms relating to these inspections.
ASHI Standards of Practice
The American Society of Home Inspectors®, Inc. (ASHI®) is a nationally recognized, not‐for‐profit professional society established in 1976.
Once we've completed the inspection, the home inspection report will follow soon afterwards, usually within 24 hours. Our detailed narrative report, which includes photos, takes the guess work out of reading an inspection report, making it easier for you to better understand the condition of the home and assist you in your purchase decision. We speed up the delivery process by sending you the report via email. Or, if you prefer, we can send you a link so that you can download it directly from our website.
We urge you to compare our inspection report with inspection reports issued by the other inspection companies in the area. You may be surprised to discover that many companies are still issuing their customers reports commonly referred to as "checklists". Checklist reports are considered obsolete, and do not provide you with the level of information you need to make a fully informed purchase decision.
To view a sample Inspection Report issued by Camelot Home Inspection Services, or to review a copy of the Real Estate Inspection Agreement used by Camelot Home Inspection Services, please click on the links below.
Home Inspection Report
A sample home inspection report.
Home Inspection Agreement
This is the home inspection agreement used by the majority of CREIA members.
What We Charge
The price that Camelot Home Inspection Services charges for a home inspection is typically based on the age, type of foundation (slab or raised), and the total square footage of the home. We may also take into consideration the overall general condition, location, sales price, and ownership/rental history. Employing this type of flexible pricing structure allows us to remain competitive with many less qualified home inspection companies in the area, while providing you with an unmatched level of service and expertise for those more demanding assignments that are best not left in the hands of an inexperienced home inspector.
Fee Schedule (Click to View)
PLEASE NOTE: For condos or townhomes without a garage, please deduct $25.00. For rental properties or for distressed or poorly maintained properties (aka "fixer uppers" or homes in need of "TLC"), please add 20%. For manufactured homes and for homes over 5000 sq. ft., please contact us for a quote or fill out the form below.
As previously mentioned, we make an effort to be flexible in order to remain competitive. The above fee schedule serves to provide you with an approximate idea of what we charge for our services, and we reserve the right to increase or decrease the price once we've had an opportunity to research the property. In any event, because every assignment is different, we suggest that you email us with the address or give us a call at 805-471-9447 so that we may research the property and provide you with a personal quote.
If you would like us to inspect a swimming pool, a spa, or any additional (secondary) structures or components, please let us know so that we can include those items in our quote.
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