You’ve found the right house, you have an accepted contract, and your loan is in place. But before you start packing; be sure you hire a professional Tucson Home Inspector to make sure your house doesn’t have any major defects that could cost you down the road.
A home inspection typically includes an examination of all the major components of the home and structure; heating and air conditioning systems, interior plumbing, electrical systems, the roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, foundations and pool system. Inspections also include appliances and outdoor plumbing.
Once the inspector examines the house, he or she will write up a report with findings. If there are any major problems, you and your agent will negotiate with the seller to either lower the sale price of the home, or determine how the problem will be fixed.
Most contracts have a contingency clause based on the home inspection. In other words, if the inspector finds problems you have a way out of the contract.
In fact, most Inspections completed by Arizona Home Inspections will have at least one major defect that could cost you from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.
Spending a few hundred dollars for a Tucson Home Inspector is well worth the peace of mind.
Trusting your agent to find a home inspector is not a bad idea, most real-estate agents want to protect their clients and typically work with professional home inspectors.
We recommend you interview several inspectors before choosing one. Here are some questions you should ask:
- What does the inspection cover? Does he or she physically enter the attic or below grade crawl spaces. Most inspectors will not and only take a look from the access panel. Make sure the inspector will be able to enter the crawl spaces. Its often expensive repairs are found in these areas.
- Make sure the inspection and the inspection report meet all applicable requirements and comply with Arizona Standards of Practice.
- How many years you have been in the profession and how many homes inspected per year?
- Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection? The answer should be yes. If someone says they have specialized training in something like construction or engineering but not in residential inspection, you may want to move on to the next candidate.
- Does the inspector’s company offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection? The answer should always be no. This is against the Home Inspectors Code of Ethics because it might cause a conflict of interest.
- Check with the Board of Technical Registration. This is Arizona Home Inspectors governing board. They will list previous complaints and inspectors license status.
- How much will it cost? Costs vary quite a bit depending on the location, size of the house, and other factors. A typical price range is $300-500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made.
- Does the inspector prepare a computer generated report? Ask to see samples and determine whether you understand the report.
- Does the inspector encourage the client to attend the inspection? This is a valuable educational opportunity for you to learn about how things work around what could be your house, and the inspector may point out things that don’t quite merit a mention in the report but which you should keep an eye on. An inspector’s or agents refusal to allow you to be present should raise a big red flag.
Finally, once you’ve found the Tucson Home Inspector you like, ask him for references, then follow up and contact those clients. Two key questions – whether they discovered any major defects after the close of escrow that the inspector missed, and whether they’d use the inspector again is a great idea.
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