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Start a thread with your exact question. "Looking for a great Home Inspector in San Francisco area." This will key more people into what you are searching for that your current title.
Chances are there are a few Bay area inspectors on BP :)
thank you @Aaron Montague yes that makes sense. Whats your experience with any of these sites though, do you prefer one over other?
I've always had good luck with Angie's list. And I'm guessing Angie's list is populated by more folks in the SF Bay area than in Rutland, VT :)
I'd look for the hallmarks of any modern professional: quality website, easy to find pricing, phone/email responsiveness and any references you can find.
I've used the same home inspector on 8 different jobs in VT. He'll travel a bit farther for me because of he relationship we've built. I found him through the realtor I bought my first place in Rutland through.
I have worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years as a licensed building contractor. Sometimes you can arrange for a city inspector to come out and inspect your home. Just tell them the situation and they may be willing to come out if you buy a permit of some kind. You can also go to code enforcement and tell them you have an unsafe building and you are the owner and are concerned for public safety. You can do one other thing and that is turn in a complaint about the property and that will get them out there even without you buying a permit.
As far as reliable inspectors you might also try getting a General building Contractor in the home asking them to give you a bid on bringing the home completely up to code. They will provide an itemized list for you and you may find one that will give you an itemized estimate free of charge as well. You will get both the itemized list of what you need to bring everything up to code and have a cost estimate at the same time.