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Peace of Mind Home Inspections

Why Should You Choose The House Whisperer

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Seeing Double

Often in older electrical panels. the home inspector finds a condition known as double-lugging; where two electrical wires are connected to a single
screw/lug… usually done by a wannabe electrician.

C-Clamp Concern

In the photo, you’re looking at a damper plate in the exhaust flue above a wood burning fireplace with a gas log lighter pipe.


What Goes Up

After several thousand home inspections, The House Whisperer is still amazed about what’s discovered; and just when you think you’ve
seen everything… the inspector spotted something embedded in the roof. It turned out to be a 9mm bullet.


Plumbing Pipe Problem

In a large household, it's conceivable to be flushing a toilet, taking a shower, running the dishwasher and using the washing machine all discharging water at the same time.A gallon of water weighs approximately 8.4 lbs... 10 gallons of water weighs 84 pounds.

Flexible Gas Pipe Concern

You’re looking at a flexible brass gas supply pipe going into the side of an older heating furnace.

Precarious Post and Pier


While under an old Pleasant Hill house, The House Whisperer inspector spotted this makes-me-nervous-looking-at-it support post sitting on loosely stacked bricks… obviously installed by a non-professional.


A Bust in Oakland

Many Oakland home inspections turn out to be entertaining. Founded in 1852, Oakland was recently declared as the most diverse city in terms of various ethnic populations. Around 150 languages are spoken in the Oakland metropolitan area with a population of approximately 400,000.

Aluminum Electrical Wire

Aluminum electrical wire was installed in houses from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s during a period of high copper prices.

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Quality Starts With Us!

The House Whisperer isn’t your regular home inspection company…

"It’s about inspection excellence. It’s about customer service."
-Glenn Stewart
Read our quality easy to understand Comprehensive Inspection Report
View A Sample Report Here

Don’t just let anyone inspect your house

Chapter 1 - Once upon a time, there was a homebuyer who saved $50 by choosing a home inspector based on how much they charged and failed to ask five important questions.

Chapter 2 – The home buyer’s inspector failed to report the sloping floors in the house.

Chapter 3 - Repairing the cracked foundation and sloping floors after moving into their house cost $33,784. 65

The moral of the story… you get what you pay for… The End

Would you call a car dealer and ask “How much do you charge for a car?” Chances are that you wouldn’t do that. You’d have to do research and decide what you want to buy before asking for prices.

When homebuyers are looking for a home inspector some will ask, “What do you charge for a home inspection?”

They ask this question because they’re trying to find the inspector that offers the cheapest inspection fee.

When you’re only concerned with the price of a home inspection and not peace of mind, you’ve already made an assumption that all home inspectors offer the same thing, and you assume you’re comparing apples to apples. Not true.

Buying a house is the biggest purchase of your life… Wouldn’t you want peace of mind knowing that the house was thoroughly inspected by an experienced and certified inspector?

Five Important Questions to ask before hiring a home inspector

1. Are you a member of a professional inspection organization? A home inspector should be a certified member of a professional inspection organization: NAHI, ASHI, CREIA, NACHI (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors). These organization members follow a Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics when conducting a home inspection. (The House Whisperer belongs to NACHI)

2. How much experience do you have? Hire someone who has at least 7-10 years of experience or has extensive training. It’s especially important to hire an experienced home inspector, if you’re planning to purchase an older home. The problems or conditions found in older homes are uncommon in newer properties and you want an inspector with a background in inspecting similar homes. (The House Whisperer has 15 years experience and over 9,000 inspections)

3. What will you inspect? An inspection won’t reveal any plumbing or wiring problems inside of walls or any mold problems under the shower tiles or carpet. A great home inspector will inspect everything he can visually see. (The House Whisperer conducts a very detail visual inspection from the roof to the foundation and absolutely everything in-between)

4. Can I attend the inspection? A refusal to this simple request is a red flag. A home inspection is your opportunity to learn about your home and talk about any possible repairs that may be needed. (The House Whisperer encourages buyers to be at the inspection… and will explain their findings to them at the end of the inspection and answers all questions)

5. What kind of inspection report do you offer? Some inspectors provide a Check-list report verses a written report. Check list reports are vague and can leave the buyer wondering if there are other problems. Most inspectors will provide a written report within 24 hours. Always ask for a sample report. (The House Whisperer provides a comprehensive written narrative report with photos within 4-12 hours of the inspection… a sample report is available on the website)

Don’t Waive the Home Inspection… We cannot emphasize enough the value and necessity of having a professional home inspection. Many home buyers, either in the desire to save a few hundred dollars that a Peace of Mind home inspection costs, or due to simple ignorance… have spent several thousand dollars repairing items after the purchase of their house that a good home inspector would have reported… Check out our Blog Photos.

When you’re ready for a peace of mind home inspection… Call 1-800-662-8589 and ask for Glenn.

Glenn Stewart is a certified master inspector and the owner of The House Whisperer, a residential inspection company serving the SF Bay Area since 1999.

Call now 800-662-8589 for a Peace of Mind home inspection

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Testimonials

Glenn was fantastic -knowledgeable, patient, and willing to answer all my questions. I feel so much better about buying my first place after talking with him and reviewing his home inspection report. Every issue was described in detail, with pictures, specified what needed to be done and gave an indication of severity of the issue (basically, what I need to deal with first). I have an electrician coming out before contingencies are released so I know what it's going to cost because of Glenn's suggestion. I will not hesitate to recommend your company to my friends and family. Thank you for everything!

Ann W., Walnut Creek

Glenn, I appreciate your professionalism in inspecting properties. I can remember the last inspection you did for us. It was handled in the most professional manner I have ever seen in 30 years. You were thorough, informative and accurate on all items noticed and recommendations made. I was impressed. I look forward to seeing you again on the next inspection we have together. Best wishes,

Bill Parker, Berkshire Hathaway

Thank you and we want to express our personal and sincerest gratitude�for your time and patience. Our minds have been primed for a completely different experience. We had heard accounts where home inspectors seemingly self-imposed a gag order so as not to impart any information to the perspective buyers. And although we caught wind of emphatic�recommendations for your services, we�had imagined it would've been the same with you. Then when you initially briefed us on how you go about the inspection, we were instantly relieved. Then walking us through the particulars at the property with such an�in-depth approach, is truly a testament to the ethics, fidelity and nature in which you conduct your business. We will remember you for our future inspection needs! Thanks again and all the best!

Michael Reese, Castro Valley homeowner

Yes, I have and I will. Glenn does a very good job of explaining the actual purpose for home inspections and never alarming buyers or sellers regarding the conditions of the homes. In most cases, they are used homes and none of them are perfect. I like to say that Glenn is not a �deal breaker� by being overly alarmist and alienating sellers, yet fair and honest for both parties involved.

Chris Anderson, Pacific Union

The professionalism was beyond reproach. My realtor was so impressed with the service that was provided, they want The House Whisperer group to service all of their clients. Thank you for the great service report. Sincerely,

Ken Seegrist, San Leandro homeowner

Glenn is a phenomenal inspector. Prompt arrival, prompt delivery of the inspection� Great customer service reps on the phones� Great informative reports. Glenn's inspection depth and findings are the perfect blend of thoroughand honest while at the same time not getting overly enthusiastic about every-day deficiencies.

Nathan Hitchcock, Alain Pinel

Glenn is efficient and very pleasant to work with. Very detailed, thoughtful, thorough, timely and explains things well. Receiving a report with pictures and explanations the same day as inspections is very seldom seen in the industry as others will sometimes take an average of three days or longer before report is received. I would recommend him highly to others.

Kenneth Schwab, Fremont homeowner

Glenn is an exceptional inspector. I request to have him be the inspector and am continually pleased with his expertise and customer service. He has wonderful communication skills and represents himself and the company with the utmost professionalism. I will recommend him highly to my clients with great confidence.

Julie Long, J. Rockcliff Blackhawk

Glenn was super easy to work with, completed the work ahead of schedule and was thorough in answering all of our questions. the report was received well ahead of expectations and was easy to understand.

Lynn Carter, San Jose homeowner

Glenn is very professional. He has people skills and knows how to explain findings without making it a big deal, so buyers and sellers can get a good understanding. My clients and I like getting the report the same day which invaluable.

Vlatka Bathgate, Coldwell Banker

I recommend Glenn. He is thorough and doesn't mind spending extra time helping my buyers understand the fine points of his inspections. I've been a realtor for 24 years and wish I had known him much sooner. No one better!

Simone Jimenez, Intero Real Estate

Glenn knows his business!!! My clients, first-time home buyers loved him. He gave them comfort about buying an older home and educated them on what items they should put on their "to do list" from a maintenance perspective. He did not burden them with frightening minutia about old houses. They left the inspection feeling educated and empowered. This is what an inspector is supposed to do. I have been in this business 38 years and have witnessed many styles of inspection. Oh.....the Saturday appointment was so helpful in this market when contingencies must be removed post haste! The fact that there was no extra charge for Saturday was a plus, indeed.

Sharon Luther, Re/Max Accord

Glenn was fantastic -knowledgeable, patient, and willing to answer all my questions. I feel so much better about buying my first place after talking with him and reviewing his home inspection report. Every issue was described in detail, with pictures, specified what needed to be done and gave an indication of severity of the issue (basically, what I need to deal with first). I have an electrician coming out before contingencies are released so I know what it's going to cost because of Glenn's suggestion. I will not hesitate to recommend your company to my friends and family. Thank you for everything!

Ann W., Walnut Creek

Glenn. It�s always a pleasure recommending you to my clients and peers.� It was great to see you again. Did you hear the seller ask "why didn't my inspector tell us these things when we purchased the home?"� I had to smile to myself J

Gayle Langston, Alain Pinel Realtors

We loved our inspector. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and very thorough. We would highly recommend to our friends if they need an inspection.

Christine Kang, Pleasanton homeowner

Hi Glenn, Thank you so much for your outstanding work.� My clients had nothing but good things to say about your service and how you explained everything in terms they understood.� I really look forward to a great working relation and will definitely call you again. Have a great evening!

Magdalena Duenas, Coldwell Banker

Hello Glenn! Thank you for your quick turn-around time for the report! I can see why Melissa speaks so highly of your work! Leopold and I will have our glass of wine and look it all over!

Cynthia Moore Vandeneynde, homebuyer

Glenn, I appreciate your professionalism in inspecting properties. I can remember the last inspection you did for us. It was handled in the most professional manner I have ever seen in 30 years. You were thorough, informative and accurate on all items noticed and recommendations made. I was impressed. I look forward to seeing you again on the next inspection we have together. Best wishes,

Bill Parker, Berkshire Hathaway

clearly would recommend the House Whisperer to others buying or selling a house. 1) Attention to detail. Glenn spend a lot of time with the client showing what he found in the report. I arrived towards the end of the inspection, and once he was finished, we wlaked the property, talking about what he found. 2) Visual proof. Glenn took a lot of pictures to show what he was concerned about and what needed to be repaired. he also talked about what could wait and what was something that needed immediate attention. 3) Long term view. Many of the details that Glenn pointed out are things that can effect the long term value of the house. I appreciated that he talked about simple fixes that can prevent very expensive repairs.

S. Clemmons

Glenn knows his business! My clients, first time home buyers loved him. He gave them comfort about buying an older home and educated them on what items they should put on their “to do list” from a maintenance perspective. He did not burden them with frightening minutia about old houses. They left the inspections feeling educated and empowered. This is what an inspector is supposed to do. I have been in the business 38 years and have witnesses many styles of inspection. Oh… the Saturday appointment was so helpful in this market when contingencies must be removed post haste! There was no extra charge for Saturday was a plus, indeed.

S. Luther

Glenn made the whole experience less daunting, which was helpful for first-time home buyers. He offered explanations as he walked us through his findings and made himself available for us to ask any other questions.

J. Wright

Always like to use Glenn because he brings a level of confidence, clarity and education to the home inspection that many inspectors fail to do. I think my clients have been made aware of any areas in which their home purchase may fall short or any issues that might confront them in the future and feel confident moving forward with the sale based on those observations and recommendations

J. Linton