I just made an offer on an EIchler home in the San Mateo Highlands. Can anybody recommend a reliable home inspector who is knowledgable about Eichlers?
Congratulations on the purchase of your future Eichler. You are smart to have it inspected now since you haven't officially purchased the home. If there is anything that doesn't look right, you can negotiate it with the buyer.
I don't know if there is just "one" inspector that can do everything but here are a few people I would get ahold of in the SF Bay Area.
1) Radiant heat: Glen Wagner Anderson heating (an advertiser on this site).
2) Chris at Christopher Electric (also an advertiser) could comment on the electrical systems.
3) Barry Lee Brisco- the House Doctor on this forum. I believe he lives in the San Mateo Highlands area and could offer some help.
4) I would also get it inspected for mold/mildew. A good person might be Bill Saleme in Foster City at Environmental Remediation Specialists. 650-212-3006.
5) Roto Rooter for a nominal price can video scope your sewer system and make sure it looks good to the street.
6) Ron Key at Ron Key Construction (an advertiser) has done many Eichlers and may be able to offer help if you are planning any upgrades. I haven't used him personally but he has a good reputation.
It may seem like a lot of work and money to do all this but I think it's a good investment- especially considering the price of an Eichler in the Bay area.
I forgot to add a roof inspection. A roofing contractor who advertises on this site would be very familiar with Eichler's.
I will reply again with the name of the inspector who did my Eichler in May (on my realtor's recommendation). Be sure to obtain the disclosure package from the seller, which should have the seller's inspection, enviromental, etc. reports. I would be suspicious if the seller and/or seller's realtor didn't have an inspection done. You should still have an inspection done, but will have good preliminary info from the seller's disclosures.