If you’re looking to get a home inspection done for your Phoenix-area property, here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get asked. Still have a question? Contact us now to get a fast answer!
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. We identify existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in – before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report advises you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection gives you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a listing inspection points out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector. Finding them early allows you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.
What does a Home Inspection include?
Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.
Do I need to be there during the Inspection?
No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection. But we highly recommend that you be present. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will get you the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you’ll best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.
How long will the Inspection take?
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.
Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?
Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the your contractor finishes interior walls. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work.
Why can’t I do the Inspection myself?
Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don’t have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We’ve inspected thousands of homes. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home, and how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail. But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it’s impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.
What if the Inspection uncovers problems?
Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If we discover major problems, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.
Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?
No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.
How much does a home inspection cost?
Check our Fee Schedule to determine how much a home inspection is from White Glove. Factors that to into a home inspection cost include the size of the home, the year it was built, any detached structures, guest houses, and other custom options.
Who pays for home inspection?
Both buyers and sellers of homes may pay for a home inspection. Typically, the buyer pays for the pre-purchase inspection in order to know what they’re buying. That may also be required by their mortgage company.
Additionally, a seller listing their property is encouraged to do their own inspection before listing the property. This allows them to identify and fix/repair any issues that are found, which will increase the home’s value.
What to expect from a home inspection? What’s included in a home inspection?
With your home inspection, you should expect a professionally trained inspector, a thorough inspection of the property, and a print-out of results, including recommended fixes and repairs.
How to prepare for a home inspection?
We recommend you clean and declutter the property before the inspection. Also, do an inspection yourself. Check all the major electrical, mechanical and structural features of the home, paying especially close attention to safety items. If you find anything on your own, make the repairs and fixes. On the day of the inspection, leave the house about an hour ahead of the planned inspection. Take your pets with you, and make sure any keys, remote controls, etc. are available to the inspector.
What happens after home inspection?
White Glove Home Inspections will provide a written report with recommended fixes and repairs. The buyer can use this in the purchase negotiations. A seller can use this to make repairs and increase the value of the property.
What fixes are mandatory after a home inspection?
The mortgage lending company will often dictate the mandatory repairs in order to approve the loan. They are likely to require fixes and repairs of structural defects, building code violations, or safety issues. Outside of that, the buyer and seller negotiate all repairs.