Choosing a Home Inspector
So you are buying a home and need a home inspection. But how do you find a good home inspector that is qualified and that you can trust? Good news – Your search is over.
Desert Diamond Home Inspections is the best choice for your home inspection. Here’s why:
- Trustworthy – We work only for you and have only your best interest in mind. We abide by the ASHI Code of Ethics which has integrity, honesty, and objectivity as its core principles. We do NOT work for the realtor. We do NOT pay realtors to recommend us. We do NOT take money from realtors to write a clean report to help them make the sale. We only work for YOU, our client.
- Professional – We have years of experience inspecting homes full-time. We belong to ASHI, the most respected professional association for home inspectors in North America, which holds us to the highest standards of practice and requires continuing education to ensure we have the latest industry knowledge. We carry General Liability and Errors and Omissions insurance for your protection.
- Detailed – Our inspections take two to two to three hours on average because we pay attention to detail. We carefully examine your house top to bottom, including attics and crawlspaces, to ensure nothing is missed. We provide you with a very detailed home inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection. Our reports are well structure, written in plain English, narrative style, easy to understand, contain many photos, and provide lots of useful information.
- Caring – We take pride in our customer service. We care about you, our client, and want you to know everything there is to know about your house. The home inspection report will also include useful information such as where the main shut-offs are for water, power, and gas, the air filter size you need to buy, home maintenance tips, and more. Most importantly, we are available to you after the inspection to answer any questions you might have.
What you get with your home inspection:
- A friendly, personable, and competent home inspector
- A thorough inspection of the house meeting or exceeding the Arizona ASHI Standards of Professional Practice
- A detailed high-quality narrative-style home inspection report with many photos and useful information
- Unlimited phone or video consultations before and after the inspection to answer all your questions
- Free copy of The Southern Arizona Home Maintenance Book – everything you need to know to keep your home in great shape
- Home maintenance tips and recommendations
- Free access to a home maintenance Facebook group
How To Choose A Home Inspector
There are several ways to find a home inspector:
- Random online search
- Recommendations from people you know
- Recommendations from your real estate agent
- List of local inspectors on the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) website
Regardless of how you decide to make a list of possible candidates, you should do further research. In Arizona, home inspectors are regulated by the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration. Contact them – btr.az.gov – and verify that the home inspector is indeed registered with them and in good standing.
Look up their company online and read reviews on Facebook or Google to get a first impression of how previous clients like and rate them. Be cautious though with reviews from certain online sources that could be for-pay or astro-turfed.
Most importantly though, call each one and conduct a phone interview. Here are a list of questions you should ask when interviewing potential home inspectors.
How many years have you been in business and how many homes have you inspected?Show More
Do you inspect full-time or part-time?Show More
Are you a member of a professional trade organization such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)?Show More
Do you take continuing education every year to stay current?Show More
How long do your inspections take on average?Show More
Do you do a walk-through with your customer at the end of the inspection?Show More
Are you available by phone for follow-up questions after the inspection?Show More
Do you have General Liability (GL) insurance and Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance?Show More
How quickly do you deliver your reports after the inspection?Show More
Are your reports checklists or written/narrative-style? Do your reports contain plenty of photos and annotations?Show More
Do you always inspect attics and crawlspaces?Show More
What is your availability?Show More
Do you charge extra for older homes, crawlspaces or attics, weekend inspections, etc.?Show More
What do you charge?Show More