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Understanding Your Home Inspection Report: An Interview with Jim Turner of The Certified Inspector

By Jim Turner

Tell us a little bit about your experience, company history and the services you offer.

I started as a field inspector with an Amerispec franchise in 1992. After four years I decided to branch out on my own. I offer standard home inspection services and also offer roof inspections, water intrusion investigations, expert witness services and forensic inspections.

How long is a standard home inspection report and when should a client expect to get it?

A standard home inspection report is typically anywhere from 10 to 30 pages. My reports are custom built for each client and average 50 to 60 pages. Turnaround time is usually 24 to 48 hours.

Can you briefly explain what standards and/or techniques an inspection report in the state of California abide by?

Although no licensing provisions exist for home inspectors in California, the state does remand that a person practicing home inspections follow the SOP of ASHI, CREIA or NAHI. Inspection techniques vary from inspector to inspector, all must follow the SOP guidelines.

What are the most important parts of the report for a homeowner or home buyer to read thoroughly?

All of it! The report as a whole is filled with valuable information and not one area is more or less important.

How are photographs used during and after the inspection?

I typically take 300 to 500 photographs per inspection, on average.

What is the difference between primary and secondary conditions? Can you list some of the most common primary conditions you've seen in Southern California houses?

A primary condition would be anything related to health and safety or very costly to replace. A secondary condition would be a maintenance or upgrade suggestion. Examples of primary conditions would be improper electrical installations, worn roof materials. improper roof installation, improper water heater installations, fire and safety conditions in the garage, heating system conditions, smoke and carbon dioxide installations.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

I can be reached by phone/text at 909-376-7000 or by email at

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