Q. What exactly is a home inspection?
A. A home inspection is a non-invasive professional visual examination of the
systems and components of a building. How these systems and components operate and interact determines the building’s “wellness” as a whole. The purpose of an inspection is to spot existing or potential problems so that you can make a well-informed decision regarding the property.
Q. What is looked at during a home inspection?
A. Every aspect of a home, from the roof to the surrounding soil. Electrical systems,
HVAC, plumbing, drainage, doors, windows, cabinetry, walls, and floors just to name a few. For a complete outline, go to What we do for you
Q. I’m planning on selling my home. Why should I have a home inspection if the potential buyer will have one done?
A. As the seller, being made aware of any existing issues with your home now gives you the option to correct them before the potential buyer comes along. By providing an inspection report to the prospective client, you demonstrate your openness regarding full disclosure and create a feeling of trust between both parties. As the seller you could also use the inspection should you elect to list the home “as-is”.
Q. I’ve been shopping for a home for several months, have gone to open houses, and done some research. I`m also very handy when it comes to home repair. Why can't I inspect the property I’m considering myself?
A. Unless you have been trained in all the trades that are involved in constructing a home, it might be very easy for you to overlook something or just not know when a potential defect or hazard is present. There is also the emotional aspect involved -- because this could be “your” home, your objectivity might be clouded.
Q. I bought my home less than a year ago. Why should I consider a home inspection for a house that is new?
A. Unfortunately all builders are not created equal. Even homes built by one builder can have wide variations of quality and workmanship. For this reason an east valley home inspection performed before your warranty period expires gives you the luxury of knowing what items might have been overlooked by the builder and have them corrected under the warranty.
Q. I’ve been in my home several years and have not had any problems. Why should I consider having an inspection?
A. As with any home, ongoing maintenance will always be a necessity. Things change, get weathered, shift and settle. A maintenance inspection now could spot potentially expensive repairs in the early stage or completely avert a major problem waiting to happen.
Q. Should I be present during the inspection?
A. You are encouraged to be present at some point during the inspection. Realistically it would be cumbersome and exceedingly time consuming to discuss every issue with you during the inspection process. There are also insurance constraints and safety issues that prevent us from allowing you the same access we have, such as climbing ladders or opening live electric panels. It is more efficient for us to do the inspection in a methodical way and then go over a summary of the findings with you at the end. Then we can discuss any concerns you might have.
Inspections generally take about three hours and the full report will be available
via email within the same day.