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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 Home Hardening?

By |2022-11-16T23:12:05-08:00November 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 |2022-10-14T10:34:21-08:00October 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 [...]

Defective ABS Piping

By |2022-10-27T07:54:11-08:00September 27th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

Certain brands of drain piping, manufactured between 1984-1990, have a history of failure. The type of drain piping is a black plastic material known as ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). While ABS is still a common material used for drain piping, a few manufacturers in the mid-to-late 1980s had what amounted to a few years [...]

Seana Camping, Our Receptionist

By |2022-07-28T11:20:05-08:00July 28th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

If you are looking for fast, friendly, and professional service, give us a call! Customer service skills comes naturally, having helped out at her family's bakery in Berkeley as soon as she could reach the counters. She also attended City College of San Francisco and Gupton Jones in Decatur, GA. Seana has lived all over the Bay [...]

Find Earthquake Faults with Temblor

By |2022-07-18T22:29:05-08:00July 18th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

While looking at houses in the Bay Area you may be curious if you are near an earthquake fault, as several major faults run through our region. Temblor is an app (and website) that makes finding them easy. The app is especially helpful as you can use location services to find your address without having [...]

JMC Welcomes Jeffery Spellman

By |2022-04-22T10:41:47-08:00April 22nd, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

After patiently waiting through the pandemic to add another rock star inspector to our team, we hired Jeff Spellman! After graduating from American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT), and passing the National Home Inspectors Exam, Jeff started training with JMC Inspections in July of 2021. He is an ASHI Inspector and a member of the local chapter: [...]

Piedmont Now Requires Home Energy Score at Time of Sale

By |2022-04-19T14:34:10-08:00March 16th, 2021|Building Inspections Blog|

During its February, 2021 meeting, the Piedmont City Council adopted new energy code amendments, which are designed to meet the Piedmont's Climate Action goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and natural gas usage in residential buildings. Ordinance 751 N.S. requires a Home Energy Score assessment at time of sales as of March 3, 2021 What [...]

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