What's included in a Home Inspection?

If our Home Inspector misses a covered item, InterNACHI will


InterNACHI is so certain of the integrity of our members that we back them up with our

$25,000 Honor Guarantee!


All services provided in accordance with the InterNachi Standards of Practice (See below).

Todos los servicios prestados de acuerdo con los Estándares de práctica de InterNachi (ver más abajo).

Why get a Home Inspection?

For the Home Buyer

A home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make, so it is important to understand the condition of your investment. Alvaron Home Inspections will provide an InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspector who will conduct a non-invasive examination of the homes accessible structure, systems and components including the roof, attic, electrical, plumbing, interior rooms, crawlspace, HVAC systems, water heaters, and more.

While a home inspection is not a prediction of future conditions and cannot reveal every concern that exists (or ever could exist), it will significantly reduce your anxiety by arming you with the knowledge you need to make an informed home-buying decision.

Alvaron Home Inspections also participates in InterNACHI's Buy Back Guarantee program. Home buyers can buy a home worry-free when they have it inspected by Alvaron Home Inspections. If our Home Inspector misses a covered item, InterNACHI will buy your home!

For the Home Seller

Are you selling your home? Let Alvaron Home Inspections inspect it before you even list it. A home inspection informs you of any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. These include the roof, attic, electrical, plumbing, interior rooms, crawlspace, HVAC systems, water heaters, and more. You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates.

Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith. Having your home pre-inspected by an InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspector is a great way to justify your full asking price during negotiations. Contact us today to schedule a home inspection with our InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspector.

For the Home Owner

The most important thing to understand as a new homeowner is that your house requires care and regular maintenance. As time goes on, parts of your house will wear out, break down, deteriorate, leak, or simply stop working. Even the most vigilant homeowner can, from time to time, miss small problems or forget about performing some routine home repairs and seasonal maintenance.

Alvaron Home Inspections can help you with maintaining your home. Consider hiring us to come back in about a year to perform a Home Maintenance Inspection. Alvaron provides an InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspector that will evaluate all major systems of the home, including plumbing, heating, electrical, HVAC, and structural.

Alvaron Home Inspections will help you keep your home in good condition and prevent it from suffering serious, long-term and expensive damage from minor issues that should be addressed now. Lets keep your home in great shape together!

For the Real Estate Professional

Your reputation is your most valuable asset, hire an InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspector to ensure the inspection is done right! Your clients rely on you to guide them through a complicated and sometimes stressful process. Demonstrate to them that their trust in you is justified by referring them to Alvaron Home Inspections. Our experience, training, and professionalism will deliver the information your clients need. The best advertising is a happy client.

Alvaron Home Inspections also participates in InterNACHI's Buy Back Guarantee program. Help give your clients peace of mind when referring them to Alvaron Home Inspections!

HOLD HARMLESS clause in every pre-inspection agreement! Rest assured that you are protected when hiring us for a home inspection.

What is Inspected?


  • The exterior wall-covering material, flashing, and trim

  • All exterior doors, decks, stoops, steps, stairs, porches, railings, soffits, and fascia

  • Report as in need of repair any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, balconies, and railings

  • A representative number of windows

  • The vegetation, surface drainage, and retaining walls

  • Describe the exterior wall covering


  • The roof-covering materials

  • The gutters

  • The downspouts

  • The vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations

  • The general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors, or stairs

Attic, Ventilation and Insulation

  • The insulation in unfinished spaces

  • The presence of attic ventilation

  • Mechanical ventilation systems

  • Report on the general absence or lack of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces

Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace and Structure

  • The foundation

  • The basement

  • The crawlspace

  • Report observed indications of active water penetration

  • For wood in contact with or near soil

  • Report observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and unlevel floors

  • Report on any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may resent a structural or safety concern


  • The service drop/lateral

  • The matter socket enclosures

  • The means for disconnecting the service main

  • Describe the service disconnect amperage rating (if labeled)

  • The panelboards and over-current devices (breakers and fuses)

  • The service grounding and bonding

  • A representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles viewed and deemed to be AFCI-protected

  • Test all GFCI receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs

  • Service entrance conductors and conductor insulation

  • The general absence of smoke or carbon monoxide detectors

  • Service entrance cables

Report May Include

  • Any unused circuit breaker panel openings that are not filled

  • The presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring, if readily visible

  • Any tested receptacles in which power was not present, the polarity was incorrect, the receptacle was not grounded or secured to the wall, the cover was not in place, the GFCI devices were not properly installed or did not operate properly, and evidence of arcing or excessive heat

  • Any deficiencies in the integrity of the insulation, drip loop, or separation of conductors at weather heads and clearances from grade or rooftops, as they may require repair.

Doors, Windows, and Interior

  • A representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them

  • The walls, ceilings, steps, stairways and railing

  • Report as in need of repair any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways and railings

  • The garage doors and garage door openers’ operation using the installed automatic door control

  • Report as improper any photo- electric safety sensor that fails to respond adequately to testing

  • Report as in need of repair any door locks or side ropes that have not been removed or disabled when the garage door opener is in use

  • Report as in need of repair any windows that are obviously fogged or display other evidence of broken seals.


  • The hearth extensions and permanently installed components

  • Report as in need of repair deficiencies in the lintel, hearth or material surrounding the fireplace, including the fireplace opening’s clearance from visible combustible materials

Heating and Cooling

  • The central cooling equipment and heating system, using normal operating controls, and describe the energy source and heating method

  • Report as in need of repair any cooling/heating system that does not operate

  • Report if the cooling/heating system is deemed inaccessible


  • Determine and report whether the water supply is public or private

  • Verify the presence and identify the location of the main water shut-off valve

  • Inspect the water heating equipment, including venting connections, energy-source supply system, and seismic bracing, and verify the presence or absence of temperature-/ pressure-relief valves and/or Watts 210 valves

  • All toilets for proper operation by flushing them

  • All sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage

  • The interior water supply including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water

  • The drain, waste, and vent systems

  • Describe any observed fuel-storage systems

  • The drainage sump pumps, and operate pumps with accessible floats

  • Describe the location of the main water supply and main fuel shut-off valves

  • Report as in need of repair deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously

  • Report as in need of repair deficiencies in installation of the hot and cold water faucets

  • Report as in need of repair any mechanical drain stops that are missing or do not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs

  • Report any evidence that toilets are damaged, have loose connections to the floor, leak, or have tank components that do not operate

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 8 AM - 7 PM

Saturday 8 AM - 6 PM

Sunday 9 AM - 5 PM

Servicing Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley, including: Arleta, Burbank. Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hollywood, Lake Balboa, Los Angeles, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Pasadena, Porter Ranch, Reseda, San Fernando, Sherman Oaks, Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Tarzana, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, West Hills, West Toluca Lake, Winnetka, Woodland Hills, and more.