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10475 E. Bella Vista Dr.

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

 

(480) 860-1100

 

Office Hours

7am-8pm Daily

 

Inspections

7am-7pm Mon-Sat

The VBI Team

Paul – Owner / Inspector

Paul Staron founded Valley Building Inspections in 1994 armed with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and multiple years as a home builder in Connecticut where he held a General Contractors License. He has inspected over 7000 properties and served on the National Board of Directors of ASHI for a 3-year term.

ASHI Cert. #200028 | AZ Cert. #38061 | Termite Cert. #051206

Jeanne – Owner

Jeanne received her MBA from University of Massachusetts in 1984 with an emphasis in Management Information Systems and has a strong background in marketing from her time with IBM and Motorola. Jeanne manages all office operations including scheduling, marketing, finance and communications for the firm.

Sarah – Client Care Coordinator

Sarah graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 and began working for Valley Building Inspections shortly thereafter, utilizing her experience in Human Resources. She handles the day to day administrative work, scheduling, social media marketing, and community outreach. Meet the face behind the Facebook!

Terri – Realtor ® Liaison

Terri brings her bubbly personality and a strong commitment to customer service. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Washington, her graduate degree from Western Washington University, and has been living in Arizona for the past 15 years.

Martin – Lead Inspector

As a former General Contractor, Martin has over 25 years of industry experience as a General Contractor. He has been working for Valley Building Inspections since 2012 and is our Lead Inspector. Martin has excellent communication skills with his clients and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

ASHI Cert. #253334 | AZ Cert. #65890 | Termite Cert. #130825

Bob – Inspector

Bob served in the US Army Reserves for 24 years before retiring as a Major. He began performing inspections in 1984, following a ten-year career in real estate management. He has served three years on the ASHI Board of Directors and was the Vice President of ASHI in 2016. Bob joined us in 2016 as a Part-Time Inspector.

ASHI Cert. #10253 | AZ Cert. #61969

Lex – Inspector

Lex has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami and a background in Design Engineering, sales, and marketing. He began working for Valley Building Inspections in 2016 and brings a valued technical expertise to each of his inspections, coupled with a passion for helping others.

ASHI Cert. #264085 | AZ Cert. #65355 | Termite Cert. 171272

FAQ

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision.

Why do I need a Home Inspection?

A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.

What does a Home Inspection include with VBI?

Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.

Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?

Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work.

What if the Inspection uncovers problems?

Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.

Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?

No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.

Do I need to be there during the Inspection?

No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection. But we highly recommend that you be present. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you’ll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.

How long will the Inspection take?

The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?

Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work.

What does a Home Inspection include?

Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.

Does your company perform the termite inspections or hire another company?

Our inspectors are individually certified to perform termite inspections and produce a separate termite inspection report as designated by the Arizona Office of Pest Management.

Why do some inspection companies charge more for their inspections?

All home inspections are not created equal.  In essence, you get what you pay for.  In our experience service with the Board of Technical Registration Enforcement Advisory Committee, it is often the lower priced inspectors that get more complaints against them.  When choosing an inspector, years of experience and being thorough are important qualities that are worth paying a little more for.

Do you carry your Errors and Omissions and General Liability insurance during the inspection?

Yes, we want our customers to have peace of mind when using our services. Our insurance covers both home inspections as well as commercial inspections. The policy also extends coverage to real estate professionals who refer us for an inspection.

Are you affiliated with any Board of Realtors?

Yes, we are members of the Scottsdale Association of Realtors.

What is ``Radon,`` and why should I be worried about it in my home?

Radon is a radioactive gas released from the natural decay of uranium and thorium which are common, naturally occurring elements found in varying amounts in rocks and soil.  It is odorless, invisible, without taste, and cannot be detected by the human senses.  The radioactive elements (plutonium-218, 214) emit alpha particles that are highly effective in damaging lung tissues and have been implicated with lung cancer in humans. Outdoors, where diluted, radon causes less risk.  In indoor air environment, however, radon can accumulate to significant levels.  Pressure differences between soil and interior of the home can create a slight vacuum drawing radon into the home through cracks/gaps in slab foundations.  The EPA recommends testing all homes and a radon level of 4 picocuries/liter (pCi/L) or higher be reduced to decrease the risk of lung cancer