Your inspector, Ian Souden, has the experience, professionalism and personality that you are looking for. Since an early age, Ian has been working in the construction field with his family business, specializing in custom home design/build projects, room additions, complete or partial home renovation, commercial property renovation, and everything in between. He has an extensive hands-on knowledge of the construction process from concept to completion.
After completing a two-year, college level certification program for construction management, he has been a break-through professional in the property inspection industry since 2009. With years of inspection experience, thousands of residential and commercial inspections performed and certification through the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA), you can rest assured that we are your first step to an informed decision!
As certified inspectors with the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA), our inspections follow the standards of practice set forth by CREIA, which are recognized by the state of California as the standard of care for the property inspection industry. You are encouraged to review the CREIA Standards of Practice and the CREIA Code of Ethics to familiarize yourself with the inspection standards for the state of California.
Think of our inspection as a physical you would get from your doctor. We evaluate the home and property with special emphasis on the major systems and components. If there are any significant deficiencies or potential issues with any major system or component, we make the proper recommendations for correction or further evaluation by a specialist as needed. Do keep in mind that our inspection is a visual evaluation of the home, meaning that we are not able to remove or alter material or do damage to the property to diagnose any observed condition.
Once we have thoroughly evaluated the major components of the home and reach an overall consensus on the condition of the home, we will discuss the findings and help answer any questions while on site. A comprehensive report with multiple pictures, diagrams and videos will be available within 24 hours. As always, customer service is a main priority. If there are any questions or concerns regarding the inspection report, please feel free to contact your inspector.
We accept cash, checks (made payable to Fort South Inspection Services, Inc.) and all major credit/debit cards (with a processing fee).
Payments should be made onsite upon completion of the inspection. If you are unable to be present at the inspection, we will send an invoice and online payment by credit/debit card will be required which will include the processing fee.
We do not accept payment through escrow.
Inspection reports will be made available to you only after payment is received.
We understand that things change a lot while buying and selling a home, which is why we remain as flexible as possible with scheduling to best accommodate your needs. If you do need to cancel/reschedule your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible. This allows us to accommodate other clients in the timeslot you no longer need.
There is no substitute for experience! Your inspector, Ian Souden has been in the property inspection industry since 2009 and has performed thousands of residential and commercial inspections. He has seen all types of properties built within the last 120 years and in most areas of southern California. Ian is known for his excellent explanations, calm attitude with the clients, concise and easy to read reports and follow-up customer service.
Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Our service pricing is competitive with other companies in the area and represent an excellent value. For more information on pricing, please review our pricing list below. Don't forget to browse our additional services that will enhance your standard inspection report.
Regardless of who you choose for your next inspection, one question to ask is: “Do you carry E&O insurance with General Liability coverage?” Believe it or not, some inspectors either don’t carry Errors and Omissions insurance, or don’t have adequate coverage. For your peace of mind, we are properly insured with E&O and general liability coverage.
Excellent customer service is a cornerstone at Fort South. Our clients are highly encouraged to call their inspector directly with questions or if they need clarification on the report. From your first call to the last, we will help guide you through the inspection process.
|Up to 1,499 sq.ft.||$325|
|1,500 — 2,499 sq.ft.||$350|
|2,500 — 2,999 sq.ft.||$375|
|Over 3,000 sq.ft.||$375 plus
$25 per additional 500 sq.ft.
|Single Family Residence Inspection|
|Up to 1,499 sq.ft.||$400|
|1,500 — 2,499 sq.ft.||$425|
|2,500 — 2,999 sq.ft.||$450|
|3,000 — 3,999 sq.ft.||$475|
|4,000 — 4,999 sq.ft.||$525|
|Over 5,000 sq.ft.||$525 plus
$25 per additional 500 sq.ft.
|Multi-Family Property Inspection (Single Structure)|
|Repair Cost Estimates
Receive a detailed list of zip code specific cost estimates for the repairs recommended throughout your inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection. This information is helpful when it comes to negotiating the home sale and how much you will need to eventually (or immediately) put into your investment.
|BuildFax Property History Report
BuildFax provides deep insight into a property, including all details of permitted home improvements and renovations made to the structure. This includes additions, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing updates, roof replacements, renovations, demolitions, and more. In addition to permitted updates, BuildFax Property History Reports can also show spans of time when updates haven't occurred (often great indicators of aging systems). If data does not exist for the property, you will not be charged.
At RecallChek Headquarters, your appliance’s model numbers are computer matched against millions of recalls using their Mode Number Algorithm (MNA). RecallChek will then hand-check the report, to eliminate wrong numbers from worn plates and ID cards, and other problems. In the event of a potential recall, RecallChek issues a report including the nature of the recall, where the product was sold, how to remedy the defect, and how to get the item repaired/replaced (in most cases – abolutely free).
|Outbuilding/Guest House — 500+ Sq. Ft.
Price includes inspection of any outbuildings (except detached garages) or guest houses over 500 square feet. Inspection items will be included on the report.
Includes re-inspection only for items repaired by the seller. We do not re-inspect any item that was considered working properly or was not specified by the buyer's request for repairs to the seller. Price includes an original report amended to reflect the findings of the re-inspection. One hour minimum charge applies to all re-inspections.
Don't need a full home inspection? Have a question regarding a single component or system in your home that you'd like an expert opinion on? We can help! Our focused consultations include evaluation of the area of concern by one of our certified and experienced home inspectors, a verbal review/consultation of findings and recommended courses of action as well as a written overview of findings/recommendations including pictures of the areas evaluated.
one hour minimum charge
"It's important to have an inspector that has a background in construction. The owner, Ian has been a great asset to my firm and helped my buyer's better understand the property condition prior to the purchase."
"Ian was on time and he explained to us the inspection process prior to starting to help us feel more comfortable. At the end of the inspection, Ian went over his findings with us. If we had questions regarding a particular item, then he would go into more detail. We were very pleased by his professionalism and thorough review of our home. We would definitely recommend him to our family and friends."
"Ian was wonderful to work with. He was very courteous, thorough and knowledgeable. I appreciate that he really took the time to explain everything and answered all my questions in detail."
"This company has excellent service. I will recommend it to anybody who needs a home inspection. Ian Souden, owner, went to do the inspection to my clients future home and the report was very thorough and has helped me and my clients tremendously as we are negotiating repairs before finalizing the purchase. Ian was very informative to us, courteous, friendly and just an all around great guy."
"Ian did a thorough inspection to the townhouse we are purchasing and he also gave us lots of helpful advice about how to monitor and maintain our home. Very happy to work with him, and will choose Fort South again."
"Ian is always on Time, is professional and helps educate my clients!"
"Ian is an absolute and Total 5 Star Professional. He knows his trade extremely well. Based on my observation of his knowledge of the home inspection trade, I could say that he is an authority figure in this area. I highly recommend him to home owner's looking to purchase a home or other real estate professionals that need a reliable, honest, prompt home inspector. Thank you Ian."
"Ian is one of the most knowledgeable and well-spoken inspectors I've met in 25 years. He is detailed in his inspections and makes the client feel comfortable by speaking to their level of expertise. I'd highly recommend him to realtors especially since he knows the intricacies of inspections, is very reasonable in his costs, and can speak clearly with the customer. He is easy to understand, and never in a rush to get to the next inspection."
"Ian came and did a crawl space inspection. He did an awesome job! Found things my first inspector missed when we bought in September. He was clear on his price and didn't try to charge a penny more. His report was excellent and provided great photos. He was on time, knew what he was doing and had the report done in about 4 hours."
"Ian is thorough, professional, and experienced with superior communication skills. As a first time home buyer, my expectations of what a home inspection entails was far surpassed. I have a full understanding of the property I am purchasing down to the minutiae. Highly recommend!"