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“We highly recommend Crampton Inspection Service and will use them every time, from here on out!! Thank you again.”

– Shaelan M.

Our Service Area

Based in Moraga, we proudly serve the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on the following areas:

  • Counties - Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano
  • Cities and Regions - Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, “Lamorinda”, San Francisco, Concord, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Vallejo, Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, Fremont

“Crampton Inspection Service provided a clear and thorough account of the condition of the home I bought . . .Fast and professional - amazing service.”

– James L.

Answers to Popular Questions

Q. What Does An Inspection Include?
Q. Are Home Inspectors Licensed?
Q. How Much Time Is Needed To Perform An Inspection?
Q. What Kind Of Report Will I Receive?
Q. How Long Before I Receive The Completed Report?
Q. What Will The Inspection Cost?
Q. Should I Attend The Inspection?
Q. Can A Building “FAIL” The Inspection?
Q. How Do I Prepare My Home For A Home Inspection?
Q. What Is CREIA?
Q. What Is ASHI?
Q. Can I Pay by Credit Card?

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Q. What Does An Inspection Include?
A. For an idea of what a home inspection includes (and excludes), please see the CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) Standards of Practice here:

Q. Are Home Inspectors Licensed?
A. Currently the State of California does not have licensing for home inspectors. According to the California Business and Professions Code, all inspections should be performed to the standards adopted by the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA), American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), or other nationally recognized professional home inspection association. A contractor’s license is no substitute for certification through CREIA and ASHI, and is no indicator of a well-trained professional home inspector. John is a certified inspector with both ASHI and CREIA.

Q. How Much Time Is Needed To Perform An Inspection?
A. The average inspection time is 2 to 3 hours. The length of time the inspection takes is dependent upon the square footage of the property, when it was built, whether or not there is a crawl space, and the components of the property.

Q. What Kind Of Report Will I Receive?
A. Our reports are computer-generated and narrative, include numerous color photos and summary page(s), and are customized to your home. The report findings with photos will be emailed as a PDF file.

Q. How Long Before I Receive The Completed Report?
A. The digital report, which includes color photos, is completed within 2 business days and emailed to the client as a PDF file.

Q. What Will The Inspection Cost?
A. The price of a home inspection performed by Crampton Inspection Service is based on a few of the home's parameters.  Please call us at 925-376-7707 and we can discuss your project and give you a price quote.

It is all too often that cost is the deciding factor in the selection of an inspector. Service and experience should be the key words here. Some inspectors are committed to providing the best inspection possible. These inspectors spend a lot of time and money towards continuing education and the many little things that make a big difference in the quality and professionalism of their service. Do not let a small amount of money stand in the way of a quality inspection of such a large investment. The old saying will always hold true, "You are likely to get exactly what you pay for." When hiring an inspector to review what may be the largest investment of your life, I recommend that you consider quality and reputation prior to price.

Q. Should I Attend The Inspection?
A. Yes. By following the inspector you will learn about the home or building. You will also be able to see a number of findings and discuss your concerns. It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, which may take 2 to 4 hours to complete, but Crampton Inspection Service highly recommends clients to be present by the end of the inspection if possible. At that time the inspector will walk you through the home and point out findings. By observing and asking questions, you will learn about the property and get some tips on general maintenance. This information will be of great help to you. If you are not able to attend the inspection, a telephone review may be scheduled after you have received the completed report.

Q. Can A Building “FAIL” The Inspection?
A. No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of further review by a qualified contractor that can provide an estimate for upgrades, repairs or replacement.

Q. How Do I Prepare My Home For A Home Inspection?
A. Some things you should do to prepare your home for a home inspection are:

  • All doors should be made accessible
  • Leave the utilities (gas, water, electric) connected and the pilot light(s) lit
  • Provide access to the attic, garage, electrical panel, and crawl space (if applicable)
  • Provide space around the furnace, air conditioner, and water heater
  • Leave keys for gates, outbuildings, electric boxes, etc.
  • If you know of a plumbing leak, tell the inspector BEFORE the inspection
  • If you have pets, make sure they are secured
  • Prepare to be away for a few hours during the inspection (for buyer’s comfort)

Q. What Is CREIA?
A. The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) was established in 1976 in California as a non-profit voluntary professional association. CREIA’s Standards of Practice and professional Code of Ethics provide the consumer with the assurance of quality and professionalism. Members of CREIA are either owners or employees of professional building inspection companies. Today CREIA has members throughout the state and is recognized in California as the leading authority in the building inspection industry.

CREIA has established a high Standards of Practice for the inspection profession that is used throughout the state to ensure the buyer who retains a CREIA member of a complete and detailed inspection and report. All members must abide by these standards and code of ethics. CREIA offers its members and candidates continuing education in the latest building technology, training, and materials to ensure the most professional inspection for the consumer. CREIA acts as a public information service to real estate buyers and provides technical support and training to realty agents, state agencies and other related professions. John Crampton is a certified member of CREIA. Most members have had experience in various construction fields and are or have been building contractors.

Q. What Is ASHI?
A. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), founded in 1976, is North America's oldest and most respected professional society of home inspectors. ASHI's goals have always been to build customer awareness of the importance of a quality home inspection and enhance the professionalism of home inspectors. The ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics serves as a performance guideline for home inspectors, and is universally recognized and accepted by many professional and governmental bodies.

ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join as ASHI Associates, to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. ASHI Associates work their way to ASHI Certified Inspector status as they meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections conducted in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills. John Crampton is a certified member of ASHI.

Q.Can I Pay by Credit Card?
A. Yes, we do accept Visa and Mastercard. We also accept checks and cash.