Home inspections are a crucial part in buying real estate and they typically don’t happen until there is an accepted contract (a meeting of the minds). The home inspection period in the standard AAR purchase contract allows for a 10 day inspection period so it’s good to know what to expect during the inspection period and what to expect from home inspectors.
Q. Are home inspectors regulated in Arizona?
- YES. Since 2001 home inspectors have been regulated by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration (BTR). There are additional credentials up and beyond the standard that includes CPI (Certified Professional Inspector) and ASHI (American Society Home Inspectors).
Q. What kind of report and information will I receive?
- All home inspectors must provide a written report to the client that is in compliance with the Standards of Professional Practice for Arizona Home Inspectors. Often these reports include pictures, a summary page of items that need attention, and a full detailed report of the property. Keep in mind home inspectors are paid to find imperfections, so at times these reports can be very overwhelming.
Q. How much does a home inspection cost?
- Home inspection fees vary from inspector to inspector. Many home inspectors fees vary based on square footage, age of the home, and if it has a pool/spa. Some companies even offer termite, radon, mold, and sewer scope inspections for an additional fee.
Q. How do I find a good inspector?
- We have provided a few that we believe to be reliable and recommendable. However, there are numerous home inspectors out there. Please look into whoever you would like and when you are ready to order your inspection contact us to review your options. We can help review the pros and cons of each one to help you determine which is best suited for you; as well as review any other inspections you may want during the inspection period.
Q. Should I attend the inspection?
- Inspectors provide a very detailed report of their findings. With a full report, a summary, and numerous pictures of their finding you do NOT actually have to attend the inspection. However, if time allows we certainly recommend meeting the inspector after the inspection for what is referred to as the ‘wrap up.’ This gives you an opportunity to see first hand the concerns that were found and discuss each finding with the home inspector. This is the best opportunity to get a full perspective on the condition of the home you are investing in and how it functions.
Q. How long does a home inspection take?
- Typically the inspection itself takes a few hours to complete, depending on the size of the home. Once the inspection is complete, we can meet with the inspector to review the findings discovered during the inspection; this can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes. Each inspection company provides slightly different services and reports so when it’s time to decide who to schedule your inspection with, review the links below and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.