Ensuring that your investment stands the test of time.
Anasazi Home Inspections Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Am I required to get an inspection of the home I plan to buy?
A: Unless your lending institution requires an inspection of the dwelling prior to the approval of the loan, you are under no obligation to hire a professional to inspect the subject property. However, having the systems of your prospective home inspected by a qualified inspector is recommended just to make sure there are no serious problems that get overlooked.
Q: How do I know an inspection service is actually qualified?
A: The smart consumer will ask about qualifications, training, experience and references. Unlike most other inspection services, Anasazi Home Inspections has a registered professional engineer on staff with more than twenty five years of engineering experience.
Q: Does the inspection report also serve as a guarantee that everything in the dwelling will be functional?
A: An inspection of the property is a snapshot in time of the conditions of those systems inspected. A water heater for example, that is near the end of it's service life may show no signs of leaking or serious corrosion at the time of inspection. This does not guarantee that the equipment will not fail the following day, next week or so on. The inspector cannot predict the future, nor the remaining life of equipment. If that were the case, we would be wealthy and not need to work.
Q: Last January, my inspector did not check the air conditioner of my home. Is this standard practice?
A: Generally speaking, when the temperature has not risen above sixty five degrees Fahrenheit at least two days in a row prior to the inspection, the compressor could be damaged if the AC unit is activated. The reason for not testing the AC should have been noted in the inspection report.
Q: I am buying a New home, do I really need to have it inspected?
A: Our experience has shown that even new homes do not escape human error. Home builders are under the gun to produce a product and sometimes things are unintenitonally overlooked. Having a fresh pair of eyes on the job may uncover problems that can be corrected by the builder while he still has a vested interest in his product. We recommend that even new construction be inspected.
Q: Doesn't the building inspector "sign-off" on the construction of a new home, thereby certifying that every aspect of the construction meets code?
A: Our senior engineer has considerable experience with the public sector. He knows that even the building inspectors do not get to see every step of the construction. Sad to say, but in some cases the City Building Inspector has been asked to look the other way because of the political pull certain builders may have with the City Council members. The city or county inspectors are not held liable for errors or omissions on their part, and the home buyer is usually caught in the middle. In most cases, the lot drainage isn't looked at nor are the retaining walls within their jurisdiction. Who do you want to trust: a public agency, or someone who is working for you?