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Anthem, AZ 85086
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|Published on July 01, 2010||
Why Cut-Rate Home Inspections Just Don’t Cut It
Wouldn’t it be great if the old adage “you get what you pay for” didn’t apply? Imagine the satisfaction of knowing that the least amount of money would buy the absolute best product or service on the market? All right, fun is over. Join me back in reality now. And the reality is that more often than not, quality is usually determined by the cost.
Home inspections are no different and certainly no place to cut corners. When buying a home, there is a mentality that comes into play of finding the lowest mortgage rate and negotiating the lowest sale price. But sometimes that mindset spills over to shopping for the cheapest home inspector.
Meet the fictitious, but all too common Bob. He is a home inspector that advertises cut-rate inspection fees. Bob’s company has overhead costs he must meet and bills he must pay. In order to do so, he must perform a certain number of inspections per week. His prices are so low that meeting his quota is almost humanly impossible. He’s constantly in a rush to get to his next appointment. If he doesn’t, he knows he will go out of business.
Bob is hired to do a home inspection on YOUR home. He had to skip lunch—no time to eat—and he has to be at the next house in less than two hours, which is thirty minutes away. This is your investment and your home. You want to know what you’re getting into if you purchase this house. But Bob doesn’t have time to be thorough. He has a short list of criteria to inspect before he’s on his way. He says he found no problems, signs off on the inspection and is out the door. If you’re lucky, he was right. But people build homes and people can make mistakes.
There is a difference between home prices, mortgage rates and home inspections. The first two are products. The last is a service. Nobody wants to spend more than they have to on anything, especially these days, but spending a little more on a quality service is well worth it.
Where does Integrity Inspections of Arizona fall on this price vs. quality spectrum? Like any red-blooded American, I want to be compensated fairly for my time and knowledge level I bring to the process. My home inspections aren’t the cheapest, but not the most expensive either.
Before I became a home inspector, I owned and operated a construction company. Call it an unfair advantage over my competition, but it really works to your advantage. My background in building and construction means I know certain things to look out for, what matters to the quality and structural integrity of a house and other “insider” tricks of the trade.
Sure, Bob may know these things too, but he doesn’t have the time or inclination to look too closely. After all, he’s got a wife and child at home to feed and now he’s running late to his next inspection. In the end, cut-rate inspection fees are the most expensive inspections of all because they can cost you an adequate and thorough assessment of your home.
A Home inspection is an area where it always pays to choose skill and expertise over price point. You wouldn’t hire the cheapest surgeon to perform an operation, would you?
About the author: Duane Smith, owner of Integrity Inspections of Arizona, is certified by the State of Arizona and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and belongs to or is affiliated with American Society of Home Inspectors, Arizona American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Anthem Chamber of Commerce and SouthEast Valley Regional Association of Realtors (SEVRAR).
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