FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Property Inspection?
A property inspection is an objective visual analysis of a building's structure and systems. An
inspection will determine the areas of the property that are not performing properly, as well as items that are
beyond their useful life or are unsafe. Inspections include areas of the building's interior and exterior, from the
roof to the foundation and the exterior drainage and retaining walls. If problems or symptoms are found, the
inspector may recommend further evaluation. A property inspection is a visual inspection to determine problems or
conditions that exist at the time of the inspection. A property inspection is not a warranty. A warranty can be
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Why Do I Need a Property Inspection?
The purchase of a property is a significant financial investment. It is important that you know as much as
possible about your purchase. A certified property inspector is trained to be able to evaluate the property in
detail and give you a report that will allow you to make an informed decision about the purchase. An inspection
report will describe the details and will highlight the areas that are problems. A property inspection is a
good idea even if you already own the property. We all get physical checkups--why not give your property a checkup?
Many property owners are living in structures that have serious problems that, if identified early, can save
considerable repair costs. For instance, water leaks can cause serious and costly problems, but if they are caught
early, they can be repaired at little cost. A property inspection will also give you an outline of the routine and
deferred maintenance items that need to be done to the property. Property sellers will want an inspection to find
problems that a buyer's inspection would have found. The seller can then make the repairs prior to the property
going on the market.
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What to Look for in a Property Inspector
Find out how much experience a potential inspector has. If an inspector has not been performing
inspections very long, that does not mean that he or she is not qualified, it just means that you will need to
ask more questions.
Property Inspection Training:
Has the inspector gone through extensive training in property inspection and, most importantly, does
he or she continue to take specialized courses to keep current on trends in the industry? There are several
training companies that provide hands-on training. Also, you may ask what other related experience the inspector
has. Many inspectors have been in the building trades for many years and have considerable knowledge of building
Is the inspector a member of professional inspection organizations, such as the American Society
of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the International Code Council (ICC)? Companies that are affiliated with
professional organizations are serious about what they do, and they know about new developments in their fields.
They are continually informed and required to educate themselves about property defects, changes in the building
codes and municipal requirements. Inspectors who belong to these national associations also must agree to abide
by a set of guidelines that require professionalism and integrity in the industry.
What Does a Typical Home Inspection Include?
The property inspector's report will review the condition of the property's heating system, plumbing, electrical
system and central air conditioning system, as well as the roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings,
floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, landscaping, and visible structure.
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What Will a Typical Property Inspection Cost?
Each property inspection company has their own pricing structure. Inspection fees vary based on the type of
inspection and the type, size, and features of the property and buildings. A typical residential inspection fee
will be between $.12 to $.15 per square foot, depending on the age and whether or not the pool/spa or sprinkler
system is included in the inspection. Commercial building inspections range from $.15 to $.25 per square foot
depending on the number of buildings, pools and spas and whether an American's with Disabilities Act (ADA)
inspection is included.
The cost of the inspection should not be the only consideration for hiring an inspector. A good inspector that
informs you about the property and all the potential problems or defects on the property is well worth the money
and may save you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in undiscovered defects and/or deferred maintenance
issues. A bargain inspector may overlook critical systems and components or be unable to properly diagnose defects
or deferred maintenance and give you an inferior report. Once you have purchased the property, it may be very
costly to repair problems that were never identified in the inspection report.
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Can I Do the Inspection Myself?
Most prospective buyers look for a property that will meet their business or personal needs. The prospective
buyer is not able to look at the property with the unbiased critical eye of a property inspector. Even a buyer with
construction experience does not have the knowledge, training or tools of a property inspector. A good inspector is
trained and experienced in finding the clues in a property that indicate problems. These clues are sometimes very
subtle and hard to find. Most good inspectors use tools that help them determine problems. Most qualified
inspectors have performed thousands of inspections and are familiar with how certain building materials and systems
perform in our harsh desert climate.
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When Purchasing, When Should I Call for an Inspection?
When purchasing a residential property, you will want to have the home inspected within a few days after the
purchase agreement is signed. The Arizona real estate contract allows for a 10-day inspection period. Commercial
property transactions allow for a minimum 30-day inspection period. You want to make sure you have a clause in your
purchase agreement that allows you to have an inspection and that you have the right to terminate the agreement if
you find the property is not acceptable to you. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and
seller are obligated.
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What if the Inspection Report Reveals Problems?
There is rarely a perfect property. Almost all properties have some problems or deferred maintenance issues.
Even newly constructed buildings will have problems noted on an inspection report. This is why we recommend an
inspection even for new construction. Your inspector will be able to identify major problems that will be costly.
Minor problems are to be expected and can be repaired after closing. Major problems may require a negotiation
between you and the seller as to how to fix the problems. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms
if major problems are found. If the problems are costly, you will be able to make your decision about purchasing
the property with a complete understanding about the property's current condition and future costs.
So what are you waiting for
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answer ALL of your questions and to give you the peace of mind of knowing as
much as possible about the property, what it has to offer and what needs to be repaired. Call
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