My name is Steven Dehlinger, I am a CREIA “Master” Certified Inspector #99, Member of The California Real Estate Inspection Association. (Certified CREIA Inspector since 2001) industry training and affiliations are listed below. I am very involved in “CREIA” , and seldom if ever miss a local education meeting or conference.
I have 40+ years of hands on Construction, Building, Maintenance, and Installation experience beginning in 1972 as Facilities and Maintenance Manager in my Dad’s electronics manufacturing factory. I was eventually responsible for all building repairs, plumbing, electrical, additions, and improvements, as well as equipment maintenance & installation. Later, I managed a couple of owner-builder projects before becoming a General Contractor and Property Inspector. My Construction Company is American Real Estate Services. State Contractors License # 824670. I do not do any repair work for a fee on properties that I have inspected. (One year restriction)
Inspection Training and Affiliations
**ICC Certified Residential Combination Inspector # 5094540 (Includes Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, and Building)
**California Building Contractor # 824670
**Certified “Master” CREIA Inspector # 0099
Current CREIA State Region 8 Director
Current CREIA State Board Vice Chair
2022 CREIA Inspector of The Year
2021 CREIA Inspector Fellow Award Recipient
North San Diego-Temecula Valley Chapter Secretary 2002 + 2015 + 2019 + 2021
North San Diego-Temecula Valley Chapter Treasurer 2010 + 2018
Temecula Valley Chapter President 2003 + 2012
Certified Mobile Home Inspector, “American Institute of Inspectors”
Tile Roof Institute Certified Installer
**California Department of Real Estate Sales License # 01464784
**Licensed Multi-Engine/Instrument Rated Fixed Wing Aircraft Pilot
Last, but not least….
TIME Magazine 2006 “Person of the Year” ….Oh yea, you too….
**Requires continuing education and training
Beware… The State of California does not formally recognize or require any specific “Certified Home Inspector” training programs or associations. (And there are plenty!!) My “Certification” is from a nationally recognized association. CREIA was one of the first recognized Inspection Association, founded in 1976..
The California State Legislature is currently considering several bills that would require specific Licensing of Home Inspectors. The bills are likely to be watered down by special interest groups that would like nothing more than continue the endless parade of so-called “Certified Home Inspectors”. Many of these “Certified Inspectors” have basically taken an online open book test, filled out an online affidavit, and paid a fee to gain their certification credentials.
All California home-buyers would be wise to contact their State Senator and/or Assembly Representative to demand that a comprehensive and enforceable bill be enacted with the most stringent education and accountability requirements possible to protect the general public from being confused regarding the credentials, qualifications, and training of “Licensed Home Inspectors”. (Sorry; I’ll get off my soap box)
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