About Paul Barraza

Paul Barraza has been a property inspector since 2007. He is an ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI), a Master CREIA Inspector (MCI), and an ICC Certified California Residential Combination Inspector.

What is a 4-Point Inspection?

By |2024-04-30T21:15:02-08:00April 30th, 2024|Building Inspections Blog|

With the turmoil in the California insurance industry, some companies have started to require something new: a "4-Point" inspection. They can be required when applying for insurance and sometimes to renew an existing policy. 4-Point inspections have been around for many years, originally starting in hurricane prone Florida in the 1990s, and have since become [...]

Bay Area NOx Ban

By |2023-06-16T00:03:07-08:00June 15th, 2023|Building Inspections Blog, Uncategorized|

On March 15, 2023 the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) adopted amendments to "Regulation 9" that will prohibit the installation of water heaters and furnaces that emit NOx, which will effectively ban the installation of gas water heaters and furnaces, starting in 2027. What is BAAQMD? The Bay Area Air Quality Management District [...]

Drainage 101

By |2023-01-18T09:06:44-08:00January 17th, 2023|Building Inspections Blog|

Keeping water out of your home is one of the most important ways to prevent damage to your structure and belongings. However, that's easier said than done, especially for buildings in older neighborhoods, where proper site grading was not a priority decades ago. So here are the steps, in order of priority, to address site [...]

What is Home Hardening?

By |2023-04-18T21:59:53-08:00November 16th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

Home hardening and defensible space are the two main strategies used to protect your home from wildfire. While defensible space addresses the vegetation around the structure - home hardening addresses the structure itself - and "hardens" it against the heat and embers of a wildfire. Most people understand the need to protect a home from [...]

What is Defensible Space?

By |2022-11-16T23:01:19-08:00November 1st, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

Given the wildfire seasons of the last few years, defensible space is a term you may have heard in the news. Defensible space is an area around your home with reduced vegetation levels, and is used to give firefighters a safe space to defend your home. In conjunction with home hardening, defensible space will give [...]

What is Covered in a Commercial Inspection?

By |2022-10-21T08:13:16-08:00October 20th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

A commercial inspection can be similar to a home inspection, but there are some key differences. Most home inspectors use a standard of practice developed by an inspection organization, such as ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). Many commercial inspectors use the E2018 standard developed by ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials). While the [...]

What is Berkeley BESO?

By |2023-02-03T10:18:38-08:00October 11th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

In 2015, the City of Berkeley passed the Building Emissions Saving Ordinance (BESO), which mandated energy assessments (Department of Energy's Home Energy Score) at time of sale. BESO replaced Berkeley's old RECO ordinance, getting rid of RECO's mandatory energy savings measures, and replacing them with assessments that score homes on a 1-10 scale and provide [...]

How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

By |2022-10-07T13:12:42-08:00September 28th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

This is a question that we get a lot - as you would expect - but the only true answer is: it depends. It depends on the the size of the building and the location. People understand that bigger buildings will be more expensive, but why does the location affect the price? We are based [...]

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