Home Inspection Introduction

Whether you’re selling a home or an interested buyer searching for a new property, the topic of a home inspection is likely to arise at some point. Most people have a general idea of the purpose in getting a home inspection, but often ask the question: Is it really necessary to pay for a home inspection? The answer is almost always a resounding YES! We strongly encourages home inspections on all resale properties and recommends that even new construction buyers consider paying for a home inspection as a means of independent verification and peace of mind.

So what does a home inspection give you for the money? The primary benefit of the home inspection is to have an industry professional perform an analysis of the major components of your home. In Arizona home inspectors have been regulated by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration since 2001 and the requirement to be a Certified Home Inspector (CHI) are more stringent than most states, including many hours of classroom and on the job training. These inspectors provide a qualified inspection report which will cover many components of the home, such as:

  • Exterior Components – Driveway, Walls, Patios/Porches/Decks, Fences, Exterior Walls & Trim
  • Foundation – Condition and Grading
  • Roof – House Roof, Patio Roof, Flashing
  • Plumbing – Main Line, Waste Lines, Water Heaters, Toilets/Baths/Showers
  • HVAC – A/C Functions, Heating Functions, Ventilation, Evaporative Coolers
  • Electrical Components – Main Panel, GFCI Testing, ARC Fault Breakers
  • Windows & Doors & Insulation – Check for operation, type, and performance
  • Appliances – Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, Laundry, Garbage Disposal, Garage Door
  • And Many More Items….

It’s important to note what an inspection is not too. A home inspection is not a warranty for the property or any of its components. By trade most home inspectors are generalists and further detailed inspections if necessary may be performed by specialists, particularly if a discrepancy is found by the home inspector which would warrant further investigation.

Because a home is such a sizable investment it simply makes sense to spend a relative minor amount of money for a professional evaluation of the home and its components. Too often problems which aren’t readily apparent to an average homebuyer ends up costing additional money down the road when they could have been identified by a home inspector before completing the purchase. For more information on home inspections contact us directly.

Stephen Woodall
REALTOR, GRI @ Long Realty Company
Stephen has made real estate his full-time career and passion since 2008, primarily specializing in the Foothills & the Northwest Tucson areas of Oro Valley and Marana. He is a multi-million dollar producer, representing both sellers & buyers. Stephen has tremendous experience in new home sales, listing & selling primary residences, listing & selling vacant land, listing & selling luxury homes, investment properties, rentals, and real estate development parcels.

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