Why do you need a home inspector?
When you hire a Phoenix area home inspector, you are hiring an experienced professional who has training and experience in the building industry. It is the job of the home inspector to not only evaluate the condition of the house’s major systems and structural integrity, but also to evaluate how these systems are working together and identify areas that need to be watched, repaired or replaced. Your home inspector gives you the Big Picture analysis of the house you are purchasing. If the home inspector identifies the need for a costly, detailed analysis of any of the houses’ systems or structures, the inspector will recommend the appropriate professional, which may be an experienced engineer with expertise analyzing that particular system or structure. The need for this kind of expensive, detailed analysis is rare. Hiring a Professional Engineer on your own can be a disappointing experience. The term Professional Engineer does not mean that the individual has training or experience conducting home inspections. Additionally, a home inspection does not involve engineering analysis. Therefore, hiring a Professional Engineer to complete a home inspection undoubtedly costs more, but it may not give you the results you desire and deserve. My home inspection service is a visual inspection of the structural elements and systems which are accessible. This typically includes:
- Exterior, walls, siding etc…
- Porches and decks
- Electrical systems
- Plumbing systems
- Doors and windows
- Heating and air conditioning systems
The State of Arizona regulates and requires home inspectors to be licensed and to adhere to the State’s STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, which can be found at https://btr.az.gov/laws-standards/standards/home-inspectors
I strongly encourage you to accompany me on the inspection so that you may ask questions and gain a better understanding of the systems in the home. This handy virtual home inspection tour, developed by ASHI, can help with your understanding of the home inspection process http://www.ashi.org/customers/vhi/vhi.htm.
If you have any questions, or are interested in any other services, please contact me so we may discuss your needs.