Inspections 101: What You Need To Know
There are countless of moving parts and processes when it comes to any real estate transaction on each side, and home inspections is one of them. Home inspections play a critical role during this transactions as it could make or break your deal. Let me explain what it is and break it down for you.
WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the accessible major systems and components of the home for the conditions that exist at the time of the inspection. The inspection is conducted in accordance with with the Arizona Board of Technical Registration Standards of Practice (AZ BTR SOP).
WHO PERFORMS THE HOME INSPECTION?
A professional and experienced home inspector who is certified by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration performs the home inspection. In order to be certified, that inspector has to go through at least 84 hours of classroom time, pass a national exam and perform a minimum 30 parallel inspections. Also, you want an inspector who is very customer service oriented as to not alarm your clients.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE HOME INSPECTION?
The inspector will take a look at all of the major systems of the home such as:
- Structural components
- Air Conditioning
Home inspectors inspect what they see, limited by wall cladding, sheathing, furniture, personal property, denied access, etc... they CANNOT see through walls - unfortunately they don't have that super power. The home inspector will view the roof, pressure test the water supply, open the electrical panel, enter the attic, and the list goes on.
Each home inspecting company have their own system on how they perform their services. Check with your home inspector on what to expect from him/her.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOME INSPECTION?
Things that are cosmetic in nature, water treatment systems, washer and dryers, alarms, and cable/telephone jacks are NOT part of the scope of the inspection according to the AZ BTR SOP. The home inspector is NOT permitted to dismantle any systems or components.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE HOME INSPECTION?
First, make sure you confirm that the home is ready for inspection by checking that the utilities are on. Second, confirm how the inspector will be getting access to the home for the inspection. Last but not least, attend the last half hour of the inspection to hear the inspector's findings and understand first hand the condition of the home.
Home inspector's main job is to tell you the overall condition of the home, based on what he was able to see. It is imperative to have this inspection done as soon as possible after your offer has been accepted. This will allow you to get a better understanding of the home you are about to buy.
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