I've used SEBI on many occasions for my real estate clients and before I even became an agent they were the company that did inspections on the 3 homes I've owned locally. In January they did an inspection for a client of mine and, as usual, they were very thorough in their discovery. This time it was for new construction of a large home in the Greenlake area. It's important that people do an inspection on new homes just the same as older homes because sometimes things do get missed.
In this case there was a bit of insulation lacking against an interior wall that accessed an area of the attic space. This is being addressed by the builder. We also found several other small items such as doors that didn't latch properly, a small leak that had occurred during construction (it was repaired), garage doors that didn't work exactly as expected (they're being adjusted) and an adjustment was necessary on a stove burner (too high of a flame). There were some other items as well but I'm mostly showing that it's still necessary and worth it to have the expense paid up front to find these kinds of things. For my clients there would have been around $5k of costs to do all these fixes themselves over time (or more) so by spending $550 to get the inspection done we're having the builder finish up these items before closing.
The other benefit is that these folks also will provide suggestions for maintenance over time so it's a valuable tool for a homeowner to walk through and ask questions and to see where all the shut offs are in the home should an emergency arise.
SEBI also provides commercial inspections as well with a staff large enough to break down into specialty areas - electrical, plumbing, exterior, and more.