What You Should Know About Arizona Home Inspections
A home inspection is one of the most important parts of the home buying process, as it goes beyond aesthetic appeal, location, and price — the reasons why most people decide to buy a home — to ensure that the house is structurally sound. Think of it as a way to protect yourself: A house may look inviting on the outside, may even seem like a good deal, but it could still have unseen problems that would cost you a lot of money in the long run.
With so much riding on the home inspection, there are a few things you need to know in order to better protect yourself.
* Only do business with well-known, well-respected home inspection companies. There are a lot of fly-by-night home inspection companies out there and others that used to be in business but they did not maintain their state requirements and therefore are operating illegally , so be sure to do your research and only do business with the respectable ones! You can check the Better Business Bureau, RipOffReport.com, and other online review sites in order to verify a company’s reputation.
* Look for good credentials. Before hiring a home inspection company, find out their credentials and Google them to make sure they are valid. Make sure their credentials are well respected in the industry (for example are they a member of ASHI or NAHI).
* Spring for additional tests. There are several tests that the home inspector can do that will cost you extra, but that may prove to be a good investment. For instance, you can have the home tested for radon, mold, termites, or have thermal imaging performed to locate insulation issues or moisture issues. Although these tests cost more than just the standard home inspection, they are a good idea as they offer additional protection.
* Accompany the home inspector. Even if the home inspector doesn’t find anything wrong with the house, there is a lot to be learned by tagging along during his inspection. He can give you tips such as where more insulation may be needed, how long you have until the roof will need to be replaced, and whether there are signs of repairs or additions that have been made over the years. These may not be deal-breaking structural issues, but they are still good to know.
- Follow up on any problems the home inspector identifies
As already mentioned, the home inspection is for your protection. If any problems are found, you will have the opportunity to either back out of the sale OR make the sale contingent on the repair (i.e., the seller fixing the problem will be part of the revised sale contract). You may also want to renegotiate a lower price based on the home inspector’s findings, so that you will have the money to do the repairs yourself (instead of having the seller do them). Even if you are only flipping houses and don’t plan on spending much time in the home yourself, you have to assume that your buyer’s home inspector will find the same problems that yours just did, and you don’t want to find yourself stuck with a home you can’t sell without doing major renovations first.
Don’t underestimate the value of a home inspection. The average buyer or seller often does not recognize the signs of a serious problem, so a home inspector’s expertise is needed to help you steer clear of financial black holes and properties you won’t be able to resell when the time comes.
Source:Go Homing Blog
For more information about home inspections in phoenix Arizona and the surrounding areas please see the following links.
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