Certified Home Inspectors in Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano County
C & J Home Inspections serving Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano Counties

Angie's List

AHIT Certified

Tile Roofing Institute

What We Inspect

Our program has been designed to assure you a thorough, easy to understand overview of the conditions of the home you are about to purchase.  Buying a home is not something you do every day and we provide the information you need for peace of mind.


  • We inspect and report on over 400 items
  • We e-mail a detailed report to you usually by the next day.
  • We point out major and minor deficiencies to give you the complete picture on your new home's condition
  • We identify any major expenditures coming up so you can budget these potential expenses
  • We identify any potential safety hazards present
  • We show you how various systems work
  • We review and explain the conditions found

What Does a Typical Home Inspection Cover?

  • External Conditions & Surfaces
  • Roof, Attic, Insulation & Ventilation
  • Plumbing & Electrical Systems
  • Appliances
  • Heating & Cooling Systems
  • Foundations, Slabs & Floors
  • Walls & Ceilings
  • Garage, Walls & Driveway
What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, objective, visual examination of the condition of a home.  Home buyers now entering the marketplace view inspections as a way to gain valuable information about the biggest purchase of their lifetime.  It helps them to determine whether there are any major defects or system inadequacies at the time of purchase.

In most cases, home inspections are performed after a sales contract, conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection, has been accepted by the seller.  The inspection can usually be arranged immediately to within a few days.  The home buyer is typically encouraged to attend the inspection, so that he/she can see first hand the workings of the home.  It also represents an excellent opportunity for the prospective buyer to ask questions about the home or to discuss potential changes.
Home inspections should also highlight the positive aspects of a home.  In fact, many of the home inspector's observations or recommendations help to dispel home purchaser anxieties, and provide useful repair suggestions.

The home inspector's service to the purchaser is primarily one of education.  The goal of the inspector is to provide the purchaser with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home in order that they can make a well-informed decision.  It is also the inspector's role to keep his findings in perspective for the buyer.  After the inspection is completed, a written report should be prepared for the home buyer, documenting the results of the inspection, along with an estimation of repair time frames and costs.
Questions You Should Ask...
...when choosing a home inspector

Choosing a home inspection company is an important decision for every home buyer.  A thorough, pre-purchase inspection of a house can be your best defense against unwanted surprises after you move into your new home.

On this page of our site, we'll try to give you some insight into what questions you should ask when selecting a home inspection service.  Even if you don't choose C & J Home Inspection, we'd like to help you make an educated decision.

The Company
1. Do you have Professional Liability Insurance?
2. Do you have Errors & Omissions insurance?
3. Do you encourage the client to attend the inspection?
4. How soon can you typically schedule an inspection?
5. How long will the inspection take?
6. Are you involved with or associated with any other business?

The Inspector

1. Are you a member of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) or American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)?

The Report

1. How much will the inspection cost?
2. What will the inspection report include?
3. Is the report hand written or computer based?
4. How soon is the report available?
5. Does the report conform to CREIA Standards?
  Answers You Will Receive
 ...when choosing C & J Home Inspections

The Company...

1. Yes, we do carry General Liability Insurance coverage.

2. Yes, we do carry Errors & Omissions Insurance.

3. We always encourage buyers to attend the inspection.  Buyers who attend the inspection have a better understanding of the property as viewed by the inspector, and are better able to read and interpret the final report.  The buyer's attendance also helps them understand the scope of a home inspection as well as the limitations.

4. An inspection can usually be scheduled within one or two days.

5. A typical inspection of a 2000 square foot house will take roughly 3 hours.

6. We are not involved in any other business.  In accordance with the CREIA Standards of Practice, we do not participate in any referral or construction related activities.  It represents a conflict of interest.

The Inspector...

1. Our inspector is a certified member of CREIA and ASHI, member-run organizations dedicated to establishing standards of excellence for professional home inspectors.

The Report...

1. The inspection fees vary depending on the size and age of the house.  Call our office at 1 (925) 429-3201 for a specific quotation.  Payment is to be made at the time of inspection or an additional fee is added for escrow billing.  In order for an inspection to be completed, a signed contract must be made.

2. A full inspection covers the Site/Grounds, Exterior, Structural Components, Foundation, Roof, Attic, Insulation, Ventilation, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating/AC, Garage, Kitchen, Bathrooms, and Interior.

3. We prepare an extensive computer generated report that generally runs about 40 pages.  There are no sloppy hand-written checklists!  The report is easy to read, and explains the home inspection in plain english.

4. The report can be e-mailed to you by the next day.

5. Yes, our reports conform to the CREIA Standards of Practice.


To Schedule a home inspection please call us at 1 (925) 429-3201

The links below help provide information to home sellers and home buyers:
- Learn More About Selling Your Home
- Learn More About Lead in Paint
- Learn More About Mold
- Learn More About Radon Gas
- E.P.A. Map of Radon Zones
- Learn More About Asbestos
- Defective ABS Pipes
- Website for Association of Bay Area Governments
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Learn More About Indoor Air Quality
- Learn More About Federal Pacific Panels
- Learn More About Zinsco Circuit Breakers
Learn More About Aluminum Wire
- Learn More About EIFS
- Exterior Insulation and Finish System EIFS
- Learn More About Rampart General Pre-Cast Fireplaces
- Learn More About Consolidated Furnaces