Home inspections are a crucial part of buying a home. Once there is an accepted contract (meeting of the minds), the standard AAR Purchase Contract allows for a ten (10) day inspection period. It is helpful to know what to expect during the inspection period.
Frequently Asked Q&A
+ 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 beyond the standard regulation like CPI (Certified Professional Inspector) and ASHI (American Society Home Inspectors).
+ What information will I receive during the home inspection?
All home inspectors must provide a written report to the client that complies 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.
+ How much does a home inspection cost?
Home inspection fees vary between inspectors. Fees also range based on square footage, age of the home, and if there’s a pool or spa. Some companies even offer termite, radon, mold, and sewer scope inspections for an additional fee.
+ 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. We can help review each one’s pros and cons to help you determine which is best suited for you. Once you decide on a home inspector we can help coordinate getting them access to the property.
+ Should I attend the inspection?
Inspectors provide a very detailed report of their findings. With a full report, a summary, and numerous pictures. You do NOT have to attend the inspection. However, if time allows, we recommend meeting the inspector immediately after the inspection to review their findings. This time will let you see firsthand the items of concern and give you an opportunity to walk the property again.
+ How long does a home inspection take?
Typically the inspection itself takes a few hours to complete, depending on the size and age of the home. Once the inspection is complete, we can meet with the inspector to review the inspection findings. The review can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
+ HOME INSPECTION COMPANIES
Here are some general home inspection companies that we would trust with our own purchases but there are lots of options out there depending on your wants and needs. These companies all are ASHI Certified with 5 star reviews.
Whole Home Inspections – North Phx
Dwell Inspections – Central Phx
Inspect-It 1st – Scottsdale
Protect Property Inspections – West Valley
Stratton Inspections – East Valley
+ Other Due Diligence to consider
Check out the Due Diligence section
Each inspection company provides slightly different services and reports, so when it’s time to decide who to schedule your inspection, please contact me with any questions you may have.Audrey Tolley, Associate Broker