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What happens during a home inspection?

A professional
inspector (an architect, building contractor or engineer) is paid by
a prospective buyer to thoroughly examine the property and identify
any defects or unseen problems that could mean costly repairs or other
serious problems for the new homeowner. A home inspection should take
place as soon as the buyer’s offer has accepted. Plan to accompany
your inspector so you can learn about your new home firsthand.

Should I get a home inspection before
buying?

In a
word, Yes! Buying a new or resale home without having a thorough professional
inspection can be costly. The property may have major problems or defects
that are not visible to you; even the person selling the property may
not be aware of a problem. You don’t want to spend your days as
a new property owner fixing (and paying for) a problem you didn’t
find. A home inspection can identify problems before you purchase so
they can either be corrected by the seller, or reflected in the purchase
price.

Do I need an inspection for a home
that was just built?

We agree
with the experts that it is a good idea to have a home inspection before
buying any property, whether it’s 20 years old, or newly constructed.
An inspection of new construction can uncover such defects as incorrect
elevations, missing insulation, incorrect materials used, errors in
drywall installation, defective tile installation and even problems
with the installation of the appliances. If you are purchasing a brand
new Scottsdale home, condo or townhome, the builder will be able to
supply your inspector with all necessary documents such as inspection
reports on the property, architectural plans, surveys and other relevant
construction information.

Where can I locate someone to conduct
my home inspection?

You want
to hire someone who is in the business, either a professional home inspector,
an engineer, architect or a contractor. We can give you names of Home
Inspectors whose work we are familiar with. The inspector you hire should
be a member of an inspection association such as The American Society
of Home Inspectors. ASHI members follow the association’s inspection
guidelines and adhere to a code of ethics. Also look for an inspector
who carries E&O (Errors and Omissions) insurance that covers defects
that may be missed. The rates for a Scottsdale home inspection can vary
widely; be sure to get a solid quote and an exact itemization of what
the inspection covers.

 

 

 


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