In the State of Arizona, anyone wishing to become a licensed home inspector is required by the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration (AZ BTR) to acquire a $25,000 Home Inspector Bond in order to complete their certification.
Jet Insurance Company provides the Arizona Home Inspector Bond as a tool to ensure the AZ BTR that the home inspector will comply with all conditions of their license and the state’s home inspection laws. The surety bond also acts as a means of monetary protection for both the consumer public and the State of Arizona, should the home inspector commit a violation that results in financial damage.
If you are looking to initially apply for or renew your home inspector license, Jet can help you secure the required Arizona Home Inspector Bond quickly and at an affordable rate!
With Jet, the Arizona Home Inspector Bond starts at $188 for one year, or you can choose to pay just $19 monthly with Jet’s convenient monthly payment option. Our rates are based on a small percentage of the $25,000 bond limit and the personal credit of the home inspector applicant. We also offer multi-year bond terms. Below you can find examples of Jet’s preferred pricing tier for each of our payment options.
The Jet team has worked hard to create payment options that work for everyone! When you choose our monthly payment option, you can keep your Home Inspector Bond continuously active upon the annual license renewal. This is a convenient and hassle-free choice for applicants who want to keep their bond and certification active for the long haul.
The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration was created to manage home inspector licenses and enforce a code of ethics that is to be followed by certified home inspectors. The AZ BTR system was ultimately established to protect the welfare of the consumer public.
Home inspectors evaluate the condition of certain components within a home such as roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, insulation, and ventilation; this type of work greatly affects the safety and wellbeing of the public and therefore needs to be regulated. The purpose of the required Home Inspection Bond is to add an additional layer of accountability to the home inspector, while providing a fiscal guarantee should any person be financially damaged due to the inspector committing a home inspection violation.
Applying for an Arizona Home Inspector Bond is easy with Jet! Our application will take you through all the necessary steps quickly and efficiently. You will only need to enter general information such as your full name and social security number. A soft credit check will be conducted in just a few minutes, but don't worry, this will not affect your credit score.
Once you receive your approved rate, simply complete the payment process, and the Jet team will file the bond for you free of charge. An electronic copy of the bond will also be sent to you for your personal records.
The Jet team can file the bond for you! The signed bond form is required to be filed with the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration. The bond must remain active and on file for the entire time period of the inspector performing home inspection services. Home inspector licenses will be automatically suspended without an active surety bond.
Once payment of the bond has been made, Jet will file the bond with the AZ BTR right away. If you would prefer to file the bond yourself, our application process allows you to select that option at checkout. The signed bond form should be mailed to the following address:
AZ Board of Technical Registration
1110 W. Washington Suite 240
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
If you are a new home inspector license applicant, the completed home inspector certification application is required to be submitted to the AZ BTR at the address listed above. The Home Inspector Bond must be filed within 60 days of the applicant being issued a home inspector license.
Of course! Simply send Jet a written cancellation request (email is fine) and we will take care of the rest. Upon receiving your request, the Jet team will proceed with sending a written cancellation notice to the AZ BTR offices. Liability of the bond will be released within 30 days of the bond termination notification.
Regarding refunds, if the monthly payment option was chosen for this bond, Jet will be required to charge for that 30-day cancellation period as the bond is still technically active. If the annual or multi-year option was chosen, the Jet team will review your bond to see if there is any premium available for reimbursement to the home inspector.
It is important to note that the home inspector certification is automatically suspended without the financial assurance of a surety bond; the license can be immediately reinstated without added fees if a replacement Home Inspector Bond is obtained within 90 days. Otherwise, the home inspector’s license will be officially revoked by the AZ BTR.
With Jet’s monthly payment option, there is no need for renewal of the Home Inspector Bond. Your payments will continue to come out of your preferred bank account until cancellation of the bond is requested.
For applicants who choose either an annual or multi-year payment option, the Jet team will send you an invoice prior to the bond term’s expiration date, giving you plenty of notice. No additional paperwork or surprise fees will be requested of you, just provide the renewal payment and the rest will be taken care of by Jet!
Arizona home inspectors are expected to follow all regulations of their license and home inspection laws pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes Title 32, Chapter 1. Failure to do so could lead to the AZ BTR restricting the scope of services the inspector can legally perform, inflicting large fines (up to $2,000 per a violation), license suspension, and potentially permanent revocation of the home inspector’s certification. While the statutes are extensive, they are also quite vague when describing prohibited acts that could facilitate a bond claim; only listing gross negligence, misconduct, criminal acts, and malpractice as prominent violations.
In order to avoid a claim, it is important to responsibly and thoroughly conduct home inspections up to state and building code regulations. Reports of these home inspections should be completed dutifully and transparently as well.
Any past or present client of the home inspector who concludes they were financially harmed due to a violation committed by the inspector has the legal right to pursue civil action for the recovery of such losses.
Before pursuit of a civil action is recommended, official complaints must be submitted to the AZ BTR for a review and investigation. If the complaint is found to be valid, the Board may advise the plaintiff to take civil action while invoking their own separate penalties against the home inspector. It is in the best interest of the licensee to resolve the complaint before such a scenario occurs.
If civil action is taken against the home inspector and the violation judgement is found to be justified by the state court, the Home Inspector Bond can be used to cover such financial damages as well as reasonable attorney’s fees fixed by the court.
Immediately call Jet if you receive the Arizona court-ordered bond claim notification! Once contact has been made, the Jet team will brief you on how our claim process works, and then will proceed with a thorough review and investigation of the claim details, the AZ BTR’s complaint and investigation process, and the state court’s legal proceedings. Jet will need your assistance to provide the best possible defense against the claim, providing honest, thorough communication and any supporting documentation.
For claims that are found to be justified, Jet is obligated by the bond terms to make payment up to the $25,000 bond limit. The home inspector is ultimately responsible for their actions and must reimburse Jet Insurance Company for the amount paid on their behalf. Failure to do so will lead to future difficulties in being granted Arizona surety bonds, particularly the Home Inspector Bond, which is required to maintain a license.