Santa Maria Home Inspector
Providing Home Inspections in Santa Maria and Surrounding CA Central Coast Communities
"When you hire Camelot Home Inspection Services of Santa Maria — we go to work for you, nobody else."
Camelot Home Inspection Services of Santa Maria is a well regarded, locally owned and operated home inspection company operating in and around the California Central Coast Region. Camelot Home Inspection Services of Santa Maria is owned and operated by Martin Hewitt, Master CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Assn.) inspector and Certified ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Inspector with over 22 years of home inspection experience.
Camelot Home Inspection Services of Santa Maria specializes in the pre-purchase and pre-sale evaluation of single and multi-family residential properties in and around Santa Maria in the CA Central Coast Region. Camelot Home Inspection Services of Santa Maria inspects both new and pre-owned homes, condominiums, townhomes, duplexes, manufactured homes (a.k.a. mobile homes), modular homes, and small commercial properties.
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With every home inspection comes years of education, training and professional experience. Martin Hewitt, your Santa Maria home inspector, will share this skilled knowledge with you to help ensure that your investment is the result of an informed decision. At Camelot Home Inspection Services of Santa Maria, we strive to provide the home buyer with a level of service that matches the significance of the purchase – which very well could be the single largest investment in one’s life.
To avoid any perceived conflict of interest, Camelot Home Inspection Services of Santa Maria 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 of Santa Maria is not aligned or affiliated with any real estate companies or brokerage firms. When you hire us — we go to work for you, nobody else.
Camelot Home Inspection Services of Santa Maria serves the Central Coast communities of Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Orcutt, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Margarita, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Shell Beach and Templeton.
Typically, a home inspector is contacted right after the purchase offer has been accepted and the contract has been signed. However, before you sign, be sure that there is a home inspection clause in the contract that makes your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This inspection clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
It is important to schedule the home inspection directly following acceptance to ensure that you have sufficient time to have all necessary inspections completed (including any recommended further evaluations by specialists), receive all inspection reports, and to negotiate any requests for repairs or credits, if possible. Most purchase contracts have an inspection contingency period of 17 days from acceptance, but you should double-check your purchase contract or contact your real estate agent to verify this.
Martin Hewitt, Camelot Home Inspection Services's sole proprietor and principal inspector, is well qualified to inspect your home. If the time has come to have your home inspected, don't be shy about giving him a call to set up an appointment. He will be more than happy to discuss the inspection process with you, and address any additional questions or concerns that you might have.
Martin Hewitt, ACI, MCI
ASHI Certified Inspector
and Master CREIA Inspector
Protecting home buyers since 1994
Over 6500 homes inspected
Please send all correspondence to:
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Office: (805) 471-9447
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 P. 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 P. Hewitt, MCI
Master CREIA Inspector No. 39
Martin is also a Master CREIA Inspector (MCI) member of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA). The Master CREIA Inspector designation is the highest possible rating that can be obtained through CREIA. This designation is only given to those inspectors that have obtained many hours of additional training, performed a minimum 1000 inspections, maintained regular CREIA membership for a minimum 2 years, and have been tested for knowledge above and beyond the already high standards set for the regular members of 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.
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 (PDF Reader required).
- 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 designed to educate and inform you.
- Home Inspection Agreement This is the home inspection agreement used by the majority of CREIA members.
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 pricing structure allows us to remain competitive with many less qualified home inspection companies in the area, while providing you with a level of service and expertise that cannot be matched.
We understand that every property is different. Because we may be able to offer you a better price than what appears in the schedule, we suggest that you give us a call at 805-471-9447 or email us with the address so that we can 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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We accept cash, personal checks, and cashier's checks. We also accept credit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin. Under certain conditions we also accept payment through escrow (call for details). Payment of inspection fees are due upon completion of the inspection and, unless otherwise agreed upon, must be received before we can issue the report.