WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
INSPECT THE INSPECTOR
We believe that only a well-informed homeowner can choose the right home inspector. The following checklist is provided to assist you in interviewing prospective home inspectors.
Do you have formal training as a home inspector?
YES – I have extensive classroom training followed by a nationally recognized program of in-field internship and I teach the profession of home inspection.
Are you a member of a professional inspector association? If so, which one(s)?
YES – I am a member of: The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the Roofing Consultants Institute (RCI) and the Environmental Assessment Association (EAA).
Do you carry Errors & Omissions and General Liability insurance?
YES – We have 1 million dollar E.N.O. insurance policy covering our work.
Do you perform home inspections on a full-time basis?
YES – My only business is doing home inspections of various types.
Do you produce a narrative versus a checklist type report?
YES – My report is a comprehensive narrative report provided to you in a custom binder with a complimentary home maintenance manual.
Will you provide me with references?
YES – I am happy to provide you with client references.
Will I receive my report quickly?
YES – In most cases your report will be electronically delivered the next day.
Will you repair any problems or conditions you find for an additional charge?
NO – Arizona state law prohibits us from doing work on a home we have inspected.
Do you offer a written warranty for your service?
YES – We provide you with a written warranty on our service.
May I attend the inspection along with my REALTOR®?
YES – I encourage both you and your REALTOR® to accompany me on the inspection for at least the last hour.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Call and ask about their credentials and experience. How many inspections have they performed; over 1,000, 5,000, 10,000? As the customer, it is important that you are comfortable knowing the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive to your needs.
When choosing a home inspector, begin with a list those who are members of ASHI, the only professional home inspector association in America. Next, check to see who among them is both experienced and possesses an outstanding reputation for thoroughness and dependability. All inspectors are “certified” through the Arizona Board of Technical Registration. You may check an inspector’s license for complaints and validity by visiting www.btr.az.us.
A thorough Inspection covers everything from roof to foundation as dictated by the AZ State Standards of Professional Practice.
Items that are included in the Inspection are as follows:
• Roof & Flashings
• Retaining Walls
• Siding & Trim
• Driveways & Walks
• Built-in Appliances
Most Inspections take about three to four hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age and condition of the home.
We recommend that you be present at the site of the inspection or at a minimum the last hour. By attending your inspection, you will learn as much as possible from your inspector and walk the home to view the inspector’s concerns.
The purchase of a home is one of the single most costly investments that a family will make. Relocation and the stress of moving affect each family member. A thorough inspection performed by a highly competent professional will help in deciding whether your home selection will “stand the test of time”. It is important that you know what you are getting for your money. A professional home inspection is an opportunity to determine the condition of the home and identify any immediate necessary cost of repairs that could otherwise go unnoticed. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.
With that in mind, Inspection Specialist has been doing business for over 27 years. Our customers, (homeowners and realtors), call us back again and again for inspection services when they move into a new home. They refer us to family and friends because they trust the quality and integrity of our services. Our written service warranty is our promise that you will receive nothing but extraordinary, first-class professional service on every inspection.
NO – This is a mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be capable, he or she is not trained in conducting a professional home inspection. Professional home inspection is a unique skill requiring specific and detailed training. Over time, experienced inspectors get what we call an “instinct for problems”. That instinct develops through extensive training and years of experience doing inspections. When purchasing a home, many contractors and trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes.
Call us on our 24-hour Concierge Service Hotline number 602-254-2700. Whenever you have a question or problem with your home you may contact us via telephone, fax, email or mail these consultations are free for as long as you own your home!