What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems in a home, from the foundation to the roof. The standard home inspector's report is not intended to be an engineering report or to be technically exhaustive—the main purpose is to identify major deficiencies or items which, in the opinion of the inspector, you need to know about for health and safety reasons. The standard inspection report includes a review of the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system, interior plumbing and electrical systems; roof, attic, and visible insulation, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure. B&A conducts inspections in accordance with the Arizona Standards of Professional Practice.
Why do I need a home inspection?
The sale or purchase of a home is probably the largest single financial transaction you will ever conduct. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for repairs before you buy or sell, so you can minimize difficulties and make informed decisions. A home inspection should be balanced, pointing out the positive aspects of the home as well as whatever repairs or maintenance will be needed to keep it in good condition. If you have owned your home for a long time, a home inspection can identify problems and recommend preventive measures which might help you avoid costly future repairs. Warranty inspections also fall into this category. Whether buying, selling, or simply staying, having the confidence that your home is in good condition just makes good sense!
What will an inspection cost?
Our fee is $0.15 per square foot of livable space. This includes one garage or carport, whether attached or not. We charge an additional $50.00 for an in-ground swimming pool and $75.00 for a pool/spa combination. For additional structures on the property, a separate fee will be charged depending on their size and complexity.
What is included in the inspection cost?
The report includes our contract, Arizona Standards of Practice, a glossary of home inspection terms, a summary report, a full detailed report including digital photos, and a home owner’s manual by Tom Feiza, a.k.a. “Mr. Fix It,” that can help you make small easy repairs on your home. All of this is provided in a tabbed and neatly organized three ring binder.
When do I call the home inspector?
A home inspector is usually called in after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Be sure there is an inspection clause in the contract before you sign, making your purchase contingent upon the completion of a professional home inspection.
Am I allowed to attend the inspection?
Absolutely! While it is not completely necessary for you to be present, we strongly encourage it. It’s the best way to learn about the home. By observing and asking questions about specific concerns you may have, you will attain a higher degree of comfort about the condition of the home. It will also enhance your ability to get the most from the written report and you will find it easier to understand if you have seen the property for yourself. The time to inspect an average size home (2,000 sq. feet) will take approximately 3-4 hours.
What if the inspection indicates problems?
If we find problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should not buy the house, only that you now know in advance what to expect. It’s in your best interest to be as informed as possible, and the more informed you are, the better decisions you can make. We can refer you to the appropriate specialists or trades persons for further evaluation. An inspection is not a guarantee that you won’t find problems are you move in—but if you believe that the problem was readily visible at the time of inspection, call and meet with the inspector to get clarity on the situation.
For more information please call
Tom Buckhardt at 623-742-7432 or click here to email him.