Buying a home in Arizona or anywhere in the country can be frightening for inexperienced home buyers. Fortunately Arizona home inspections are a great way to minimize risk and give the buyer a good overview of the property they are planning to purchase. However, there are some common myths about an Arizona home inspection that buyers and sellers should be aware of and not take as fact.
Many new homebuyers consider the home inspection to be an added expense on the final costs of buying a home, however it can actually save you thousands of dollars! Be sure to have a certified home inspector take a look at your Phoenix home before you talk money with your realtor. Here are some tips to have your home inspection save money before you buy your home!
So you are thinking about getting your home appraised…Wait. Maybe it’s a home inspection? Now you are doubting yourself because the difference is tricky! Luckily, One Avenue Inspection is here to guide you through the Arizona real estate process with a short guide to home inspections versus home appraisals. Home appraisers and inspectors each play very important functions in setting the stage for real estate sales. Both generate reports that can be used to prevent the buyer from overpaying, but their roles are far from identical. [Read more…]
Oh, we have been there. The feeling of pure bliss as you discover the leaky pipe underneath the kitchen sink. With each twist of the wrench, you regain mastery over your abode, without having to hire outside help. One Avenue wants to prolong that feeling of accomplishment through a little plumbing education.
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Summer is coming.
Although it is only January, we Arizona homeowners can feel the heat lurking in our not-too-distant future. Is your new home ready to embrace the weather? One Avenue Inspectors always find the following little problems in Arizona homes, old and new. These easy fixes can greatly decrease your energy bill and increase your home’s efficiency. In reality, this is a beginning checklist for any Arizona homeowner, not just the new family on the block. [Read more…]
The usual home-buyer thinks that the purpose of a home inspection is to find any major structural problems in the home before going through with the purchase. While avoiding draining all of your money in a bad purchase is a crucial reason for a home inspection, it is not the only purpose! There is more value from a home inspection that only savvy home buyers will tap into.
1. Choose the best home inspector
Many home buyers choose a home inspector based only on their realtor’s recommendations. But home professionals say that you should find a home inspector not only through your real estate guide, but also through attorneys, lenders, and appraisers. One Avenue Inspection has relationships with many of these kinds of professionals because our reputation exceeds just the real estate market. It is best not to shop by “price” but by “experience” as many of the best home inspection agencies will not be the cheapest, but their expertise and hard work could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
2. Prepare properly for the inspection
Before the inspection, you should make sure the home is free of clutter and major furniture items so that the home inspector can move through quickly and see all areas of a room without moving things around. You should do your own walk through before the inspector comes so that you notice problem areas or parts of your home you may have questions about. Make sure you visit the home for sale several times in the daylight and in the night time before making an offer. Make sure to check up on the seller’s disclosure statement about the condition of the house for accuracy and thoroughness. As always, the more preparation, the better!
3. Walk through with the inspector
This is a fairly self-explanatory step. However, many home buyers allow their home inspectors to do the inspection by themselves, relying solely on the inspection report after the fact. This is a mistake! Not only can an inspector explain to you what is wrong about your house, but they can also give you great maintenance tips and educate you about your property. At One Avenue Inspection, we schedule a meeting at a time when you are available to accompany one of our home inspection professionals throughout the home. We deliver our written reports the same day as the inspection so you don’t have to waste time!
4. Don’t be blinded by the home itself
One Avenue Inspection has worked with many buyers who are so in love with the home for sale that they become blinded to any problems, minor or major. As a buyer, you must remain alert and logical throughout the entire home buying process! We understand the appeal of cheap real estate or the look of your dream home. Watch out for foreclosed homes as they often have utilities problems and plumbing leaks. Additionally, many homes lack proper insulation and ventilation so you must pay attention to those details as well. With the right home inspection, you can keep a clear, informed mind going into the purchase agreements and be confident that the home is manageable, budget-friendly, and meant for you.
One Avenue Inspection recommends that regardless of the home you are buying (brand new, older, foreclosed, etc.) you maintain a high level of interest and involvement in each step of the home buying process! Always keep a defensive position in order to get the most value out of your purchase and not make a real estate mistake! Give us a call with any home inspection questions. 623.299.2142
We get it. Writing large checks during this national economic slump does not sound appealing to anybody. That is why One Avenue Inspection has come up with some inexpensive and effective improvements to structural areas of your home that are easy to manage and excellent selling points. Whether you are in the market to sell your home or you are simply looking to renovate, a thorough home inspection is crucial for the safety and integrity of your home. This week, we recommend taking a long hard look at your garage. Do you have unnecessary clutter everywhere (be honest…)? Is there exposed piping and unfinished flooring? Can you fit your cars in without bumping into anything? As your home inspection agency, we recommend doing one, if not all of the following ‘Turn Key Tips’:
Think UP: Vertical Storage
Floor space is valuable, especially in a garage. Think vertical when looking for home storage installations. We find it useful to bring the measurements of the room to a home improvement store near you and walking through your options with a representative. Many storage units are portable and light, making the installation and future usage a breeze. However you do it, get the mess off the floor and in cabinets and on shelves so that it’s easily accessible. You might even discover hidden rot or pests that could have festered for years!
Fill in, Repaint, and Repeat
Oftentimes the garage walls and floor go neglected in terms of their paint-job. However, as a space used every single day, the garage should receive some TLC every once and a while. Drag the kids out one weekend afternoon, and paint the walls and floors so that your garage looks clean, usable, and damage-free. Who knows? Maybe you will even take a walk down memory lane or find those tools you’ve been looking for by removing all of the boxes and clutter. We recommend power-washing/bleaching the floors and walls first, then using the right kind of paint for the floor and walls. Try to find a paint and primer that contains latex and slip protection (for the floors, especially). Fill in moldings and cracks with caulk and patch up any holes in the drywall before starting.
Get Technical: Garage Door Keypad
It may seem more intimidating than the previous projects, but when you have that sinking realization one morning that you have locked yourself out of your home, you will thank us. Install an automatic door opener with an accessible keypad. You can hire a technician to do it for you, but follow these easy steps to do it yourself. This simple home improvement will save you time now and add value to your home in the future. Make sure you are always careful when working with electricity, and watch out for the pre-existing garage door safety devices!
Our final Turn Key Tip for you is to focus on one small space at a time, not the whole home.
As always, our inspectors are available to answer home-questions and come inspect any changes made to your home. We recommend home inspections not only when buying or selling, but during your current stay at any residence, as this could save you money on future, unforeseen repairs. Give us a call to set up an appointment. 623.299.2142
The Valley is notorious for its beautiful, brand new tract housing complexes. These homes, as you know, have all the glamorous details and facades that young buyers are looking for in a first or second home. However, many buyers become blinded by the appearance and will not take a home inspection as seriously. This is a mistake! Remember that a home’s value is only as good as its insides. One Avenue Inspection is here to make sure your perfect home is solid and functional, before you make a downpayment. According to M.P. McQueen of the Wall Street Journal, about 17% of the new houses built during the 2005 boom had significant structural and design flaws.
Home Inspection Checklist for New Houses
1. No new damage?
Often times when a seller moves their furniture and belongings out of the house, additional damage is inflicted on the walls and surfaces. Make sure to do a meticulous walk-through after the previous owner is out and before signing the final contracts!
2. Everything working?
Any appliances, light fixtures, and faucets that come with the new home should be scrutinized. Walk through the house and yard with a lamp or something requiring electricity and test each outlet. Don’t be afraid to turn on the washing machine and dishwasher to make sure they work. Lastly, remember to get copies of the warranties and owner’s manuals for all appliances from the seller.
3. Unseen cracks?
This might be more difficult to examine by yourself. With the help of an inspector and real estate home expert, you should analyze every inch of the roof, foundation, and pool area for cracks in the structure. Leaky roofs and cracked foundations are the most common serious problems in new homes. Left untouched, these damages could dance to the tune of thousands of dollars of repairs down the road.
Additionally, do not forget to open and close all windows and doors. Check for cracks and poor installation in the windows particularly, otherwise you might have future mold and leakage problems.
“One of the best defenses against buying a defective house is a thorough inspection by a state-licensed building-inspection engineer, experts say” (McQueen WSJ).