FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report. You should read these.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify potential upcoming problems and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
What will it cost?
The inspection fee is determined on size, square footage, and age. Additional items such as outbuilding, pools, fountains, etc. will cost extra. Call or e-mail our office for pricing.
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks (in state), visa and master card. Payment is due before or at the time of inspection.
How long will the inspection take?
A good estimate is one hour per 1,000 square feet however this could change depending on the condition of the home.
When will I get my report and what will it include?
Reports are normally e-mailed the same day as the inspection. The reports are easy to read, full of information about the home with photos included. We are always available to answer questions about the report after you have received it.
Why can’t I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house at the time of the inspection, think of a photo in time. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
Are there licensing requirements I should know about?
Arizona requires all home inspectors to be registered with the state and insured or bonded. Desert Shark Home Inspections meets all licensing requirements and we carry liability and Errors and Omissions insurance that exceeds state standards. Our inspectors go one step beyond that and are ASHI certified which requires extended yearly education and strict a strict code of ethics.
When should I schedule an inspection?
Typically, a home inspection is scheduled immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Do I have to be there?
No, it is not required that you attend the inspection as many of our customers are from out of state and cannot make it. With this said if you are in town it is highly recommended you attend at least the final walkthrough. We like to give you a chance at the end of the inspection to ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. Desert Shark Home Inspections always tries our best to work around your schedule.
What if the report reveals a problem?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it does not mean you should or should not buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
If the house proves to be in good condition, do I really need a home inspection?
Definitely; there are many items which could be overlooked by an untrained eye. With a professional opinion you will be able to complete your home purchase with confidence instead of emotion. You will have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report and will have that information for future reference.
If you have any further questions feel free to contact us; we are always happy to help.
PO Box 17573, Tucson AZ 85731