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Take the time to ask these questions to learn more about the home inspector's expertise and integrity. The National Association of Realtors recommends the following questions be asked when choosing an inspector:
Ask exactly what the inspector does or does not inspect and how the report is delivered: 1.) at the end of the inspection, 2.) by hand delivery, 3.) fax, or 4.) email and when?
Ask what scientific instruments are used such as moisture detectors, combustible gas detectors, electromagnetic detectors, thermal maps, etc.
Ask about the inspector's professional affiliations or memberships, educational level and licensing they hold.
Ask how many inspections the inspector has conducted and whether the inspector works full time as a property inspector.
Ask what type of insurance the inspector has including liability, accident, errors, and omissions.
Ask the inspector about the scope of the inspection: termite, pool, spa, landscape sprinkler, and drip system, etc. Also, ask what he does not inspect. If your inspector recommends additional inspections, our concierge can provide vetted professionals do additional recommended inspections such as structural engineer or repair cost quotation.
Ask whether the inspector is involved in any other businesses, such as home repair, that may represent a conflict of interest.
Ask the inspector about the cost of a re-inspection. For the final walkthrough, you may want to hire the inspector to verify the repairs were done properly and actually correct the defect(s) noted in the inspection report. Checking roof repairs is difficult.
Ask the inspector about you accompanying him during the inspection or arriving near the end of the inspection for a verbal summary of his written report and to ask questions.
Ask the inspector for several names and telephone numbers of people he as done inspections for recently.
Ask the inspector what he charges to do a home inspection. He will want to know the year built, square footage, furnished or unfurnished and features of the house.
The Arizona chapter of the American Society of Certified Home Inspectors has a list of its members for public view.
My Phoenix Home Buyer Guide has more buyer tips and additional resources to assist you with your home purchase.