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Benchmark Home Inspection

Buckeye, AZ

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I am an Arizona Licensed home inspector with a passion for helping my clients understand the condition of their prospective home and it's major systems and components.

About Benchmark Home Inspection

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Benchmark Home Inspection is serving the Phoenix Metro areas and outlying areas. We are professional, licensed, and E & O insured. Reports are e-mailed on the same day with digital pictures for clarity. A 90-day home warranty and an appliance recall check report are provided for free to clients. We are flexible and will work around your schedule.

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Serving the entire Phx metro areas
Buckeye, AZ 85326

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  • 5/5 stars October 17, 2012

    Mary Ann was very professional and complete. Her inspection luckily uncovered nothing major, but she went through every nook and cranny (even killed a scorpion or two!! Thx) I would highly recommend her, the pricing was reasonable. I would use her and her services again if needed. I was considering two of the six who responded, Mary Ann was available exactly when I needed her.

  • 5/5 stars March 23, 2012

    Benchmark is a lifesaver. Mary Ann fit me in her schedule for a new home inspection and because I needed a termite inspection too, she organized that for me as well. Mary Ann is efficient, courteous, informative and resourceful. She'll scramble to the highest roof line and delve into the dustiest crawl space to examine every inch of your property. She will assemble a detailed report for you in a few hours time complete with photos, explanation and advice along with professional referrals if you need to contact someone in a hurry to fix something. A very competent inspector, I highly recommend Mary Ann at Benchmark.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. The most common type of job that I do is a Full home inspection for a client buying a new or resale home. I also provide New Construction inspections, Builder Warranty Inspections, Seller Inspections and Home Check Up/Maintenance Inspections.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Recently I inspected an older home for a first time home buyer. The buyers were not aware of the safety issues in the home, frayed electrical wiring, recalled older Federal Pacific main electric panel. Many homes in the Valley have been "flipped" by investors. Some of these homes have issues that can not be seen by the potential buyers. Electrical problems in the attic, open hot wires, etc. I take extra time to make sure that I inspect every home thoroughly and completely.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Call at least three different home inspection companies or home inspectors to get a quote, but also discuss with them how and what they inspect. Do they walk roofs? Do they open the main electrical panel? Do they go up into the attic and inspect duct work, insulation and roof trusses? Not all home inspectors are created equal.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. A licensed, professional home inspection is the best tool that a home buyer can use to provide them with peace of mind about their future home. Home Inspectors work for the home buyer, helping them differentiate small, low cost problems with a home and larger issues that may affect the structural integrity of the home.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Home buyers should always ask the home inspector for their AZ license number, if they carry Liability and E & O insurance. Do they belong to ASHI or InterNACHI, which requires continuing education for all their certified inspectors. Do they climb on roofs? Go into the attic? Inspect irrigation systems? Provide termite inspections if needed?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. My home inspections stand out due to the extra time I take to do a thorough inspection. Customer service is important to me, I always take the time to explain the inspection findings with my clients, even if it takes hours. I want them to fully understand the inspection report.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Buying a home can be a stressful time for some home buyers, it is my job to perform a thorough and complete home inspection that can help them make an informed decision and give them peace of mind during this process. I enjoy interacting and answering any and all questions that they may have.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. My clients want to know if there are any major issues with the home. Major issues would be extensive roofing repairs or replacement, structural issues, major plumbing or electrical issues in the home.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I want my clients to know that I work very hard to give them a detailed, honest report on their prospective home purchase. I understand that it is a very big investment for them and it is important for them to know the true condition of the home.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I have a background in home construction, remodeling and repair work. After having a home inspection done on a rental unit, I became very interested in the home inspection process and felt that my knowledge could help others.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I am a certified member of NACHI (National Assocation of Certified Home Inspectors) and we are required to complete 26 hours of continuing education yearly.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. Full home inspection pricing is based on the square footage of the home, age of the home. Termite inspections scheduled for an additional $40. No hidden fees or add ons. Pool, spa and irrigation inspections at no extra cost.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. If someone were interested becoming a licensed home inspector I would recommend that they takes some time to talk with a home inspector in their area and maybe "shadow" them while performing inspections to determine if they would enjoy this line of work. It can be demanding, and you have to be willing to walk on roofs, crawl in dark crawlspaces and hot attics.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. I am currently working on becoming a Certified MASTER Inspector, CMI is a professional designation which can be obtained after completion of 1000 fee paid inspections and continuing education hours.

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