Why Choose Us

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Santa Maria Home Inspection, DBA Camelot Home Inspection Services, specializes in the pre-purchase and pre-sale evaluation of single and multi-family residential properties on the CA Central Coast. We inspect single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, duplexes, triplexes, four-plexes, manufactured homes, mobile homes, modular homes, and small commercial properties.

Established in 1994, Camelot Home Inspection Services is owned and operated by Martin Hewitt, an ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) and a Master CREIA Inspector (MCI) with over 27 years of home inspection experience. In California, where there is no licensing or regulation of home inspectors of any kind, dual certification with ASHI and CREIA demonstrates a dedication to ethics, education and service above and beyond the norm. Martin is currently the only Certified ASHI member and Master CREIA Inspector on the Central Coast. Martin has personally performed over 6,500 inspections.

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Martin Hewitt, ACI
Certified ASHI Member No. 202935

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    Martin Hewitt Master CREIA Inspector
    Martin Hewitt, MCI
    Master CREIA Inspector No. 39

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      Martin strives to provide every home buyer with a level of service that matches the significance of the purchase they are about to make. Be it a condo, manufactured home, or mega-mansion, he inspects every home as if he were buying it himself, or for his own family. With every home inspection comes 27 years of education, training and professional experience. Martin will share this knowledge with you to help ensure that your investment decision is an informed one.

      To avoid any perceived conflict of interest, and because State laws prohibit it, Martin cannot and will not perform any corrective or repair work on homes that he inspects. Be very wary of those home inspectors that do and/or who are aligned with- or aggressively refer you to- local contractors, tradespersons, or repair quote services. Camelot Home Inspection Services is not aligned or affiliated with C.A.R. or any real estate companies or brokerage firms. When you hire him, he will go to work for you— and only you.

      Camelot Home Inspection Services serves the Central Coast communities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Orcutt, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Margarita, Shell Beach and Templeton. However, we can certainly appreciate a home buyer's hesitancy in hiring an inexperienced or unqualified home inspector referred to them by an unfamiliar real estate agent. For this reason, and as our schedule permits, we are open to traveling outside of our 'normal' service area, thus guaranteeing you an impartial and unbiased home inspection. These areas include the Central Coast communities in and around Santa Barbara County, including Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Isla Vista, Goleta, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Solvang, and Lompoc.

What We Do

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 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.

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 by the lack of detail or guidance that you'll find in other reports. Many of our competitors simply 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.

Home Inspection Agreement
This is the home inspection agreement used by the majority of CREIA members.

What We Charge

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 flexible pricing structure allows us to remain competitive with many less qualified home inspection companies in the area, while providing you with an unmatched level of service and expertise for those more demanding assignments that are best not left in the hands of an inexperienced home inspector.

NOTE: For condos or townhomes without a garage, please deduct $25.00. For rental properties or for distressed or poorly maintained properties (aka "fixer uppers" or homes in need of "TLC"), please add 20%. For manufactured homes and for homes over 5000 sq. ft., please contact us for a quote or fill out the form below.

As previously mentioned, we make an effort to be flexible in order to remain competitive. The above fee schedule (click to enlarge) serves to provide you with an approximate idea of what we charge for our services, and we reserve the right to increase or decrease the price once we've had an opportunity to research the property. Because every assignment is different, we suggest that you email us with the address or give us a call at 805-471-9447 so that we may research the property and provide you with a personal quote. You can also fill out the form below. Just be sure to include the address to be inspected in the message field.

NOTE: 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.





payment

We accept cash, personal checks, Venmo, PayPal, and credit cards. We do not accept payment through escrow. Payment of inspection fees are due upon completion of the inspection and, unless otherwise agreed upon, must be received prior to the release of the inspection report. If you will not be present at the inspection, or are unable to provide payment at the time of the inspection, we will email you an invoice when the inspection report is finished and is ready to be emailed to you. It is not necessary that you attend the inspection.

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Contact

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 for verification.

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 or using the form below to chat or set up an appointment. He will be more than happy to discuss the inspection process with you, and to address any additional questions or concerns that you might have.

Martin Hewitt
Martin Hewitt, ACI, MCI

ASHI Certified Inspector and Master CREIA Inspector
Protecting home buyers since 1994
Over 6500 homes inspected

Call or Text: (805) 471-9447

martin@homeinspectionservices.com




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