Do you have a home inspection coming up and don’t know which questions to ask home inspectors? Because One Avenue Inspection is about trust and the long term-relationships that we have built with agents and homebuyers, we want to provide a list of questions that you should ask and why they are crucial to the process. So, to get things started, we’ll let you in on the One Avenue secret… we’re the best inspection crew around.
The buying a home in Arizona process is complicated enough without a bad home inspection. One Avenue home inspectors are often called in after other inspectors have made home inspection mistakes and caused extra stress for the homeowner/homebuyer. While we don’t mind cleaning up others’ messes, we want our clients to enjoy the home buying process. Home inspections are interesting and educational, if they’re done right! Avoid home inspection mistakes by running through this quick checklist before your home inspector in Arizona comes out to your home.
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A lot of homeowners only think about home inspection when they are moving. However, home inspection is not meant just for the buyers and sellers in the market, but anyone who has been in their home for more than seven years or who has remodeled in any way. We are home professionals.
What makes One Avenue different from other inspection agencies?
All of our inspectors use state of the art home inspection software during each meeting and while they work. This allows them to document more closely, and in terms each homeowner will understand, their every observation. Our use of tablets and other technology allows us to print and email all of your information at your home on the same day! We have experience with out of state buyers and investors primarily because of this way of business. It does not matter where you are at the time of inspection- you will receive any and all updates immediately.
All of our inspectors are State Certified and fully insured. You would be surprised how many companies claim these kinds of qualifications, but have no way to back it up. We are professionals invited into your home to catch any problems- you should never have to consider our presence a liability. One Avenue is a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, which means we are always up to date on any new technological advances, code updates, or repair details in our field. Our specialists not only tell you what is wrong with your home, but provide insight and advice as to what steps to take next.
All of our inspectors work to fit your schedule. You tell us what time is a convenient time for your home inspection, and we will make sure one of our inspectors is on the scene at the designated time. We have a team of home inspectors, property specialists, and even an emergency dispatcher for last minute situations.
We have a great relationship with many real estate agencies and home repair contractors in the Valley, if you ever need recommendations!
Call today to request a home inspection! 623.299.2142
One Avenue Inspection, works with real estate agents and their clients during one of the most sensitive times of the home buying process. Our goal is to educate real estate agents so they can use our home inspection reports to properly advocate for their clients. If you are a new real estate agent or an agent who has not worked closely with a home inspection company before, these tips will not only help you better understand our process, but how we can give you an advantage as an agent.
1. Learn what home inspectors do. Don’t be afraid to question us during the inspection. A good inspector will be glad to answer your questions in as much detail as you require. If you don’t understand something be sure to get it clarified with the inspector. Also, do as much research as possible to learn what to expect and what common problems might be.
2. Learn how to read home inspection reports. Inspection reports can vary significantly. Inspectors are free to choose the format and software (if they choose to use it) they use to generate reports. These reports will cover the same general information but can vary widely in their detail and organization. Most reports will include photos. At One Avenue, we will go over it with you and answer any questions you might have.
3. Realize all home inspectors are different. No two inspectors will inspect a house and have an identical report. Most home inspection companies not only take a licensing exam, but frequently update their education to keep up with the industry. The more an agent works with a home inspector, the more you will prefer one home inspector over another. While you don’t want to recommend any specific inspector (this puts liability on you), you will at least be able to guide your clients to a home inspection company that you have worked with and trust.
4. Make sure your clients know the purpose of a home inspection. Let your clients know that the purpose of a home inspection is to find major structural defects – not to have a way to back out of a contract. Many buyers believe they can make an offer and then be able to back out of a deal because of a leaky faucet.
5. Give your clients a checklist. You should include a checklist with your home inspection tips. Make sure they know their time frame, their deadlines, and what they should be asking the inspector during the home inspection.
As always, we are always here to answer any questions and to meet with you to discuss the home inspection process.
A typical home inspection includes a check of a house’s structural and mechanical condition, from the roof to the foundation, as well as tests for the presence of radon gas and the detection of wood-destroying insects. Depending on the seriousness of what the inspection uncovers, the buyer can walk away from the deal (most contracts include an inspection contingency in the event of major flaws) or negotiate with the seller for the necessary repairs.
These are the red flags that should send a buyer back to the negotiating table, according to home improvement expert Tom Kraeutler of The Money Pit.
1. Termites and other live-in pests: The home you’ve fallen in love with may also be adored by the local termite population. The sooner termites are detected, the better. The same goes for other wood-devouring pests like powder-post beetles. Keep in mind that getting rid of the intruders is just the first step. Once the problem has been addressed, have a pest control expert advise you on what needs to be done in order to prevent their return.
2. Drainage issues: Poor drainage can lead to wood rot, wet basements, perennially wet crawlspaces, and major mold growth. Problems are usually caused by missing or damaged gutters, downspouts, or improper grading at ground level. Correcting grading and replacing gutters is a lot less costly than undoing damage caused by the accumulation of moisture.
3. Pervasive mold: Where moisture collects, so grows mold, a threat to human health as well as to a home’s structure. Improper ventilation can be the culprit in smaller, more contained spaces, such as bathrooms. But think twice about buying a property where mold is pervasive — that’s a sign of long-term moisture issues.
4. Faulty foundation: A cracked or crumbling foundation calls for attention and repair, with costs ranging from moderate to astronomically expensive. The topper of foundation expenses is the foundation that needs to be replaced altogether — a possibility if you insist on shopping “historic” properties. Be aware that their beautiful details and old-fashioned charms may come with epic underlying expenses.
6. Worn-out roofing: Enter any sale agreement with an awareness of your own cost tolerance for roof repair versus replacement. The age and type of roofing material will figure into your home inspector’s findings, as well as the price tag of repair or replacement. An older home still sheltered by asbestos roofing material, for example, requires costly disposal processes to prevent release of and exposure to its dangerous contents.
7. Toxic materials: Asbestos may be in a home’s finishes, calling for your consideration of containment and replacement costs. Other expensive finish issues include lead paint and, more recently, Chinese drywall, which found its way into homes built during the boom years of 2004 and 2005. This product’s sulfur off-gassing leads to illness as well as damage to home systems, so you’ll need to have it completely removed and replaced if it’s found in the home that you’re hoping to buy.
8. Outdated wiring: Home inspectors will typically open and inspect the main electrical panel, looking for overloaded circuits, proper grounding and the presence of any trouble spots like aluminum branch circuit wiring, a serious fire hazard.
There is not a home without a flaw, so remember to take a deep breath and to focus on the key elements of the home inspection process.
As a real estate agent, home inspection reports are one of the best marketing tools you can use for selling a property. Your reputation with the home buyer is priceless, and the expert home inspectors at One Avenue Inspection want to protect all of your hard work. Home inspection reports allow you to use every selling point of a property to your advantage.
Here are three areas that can be great selling points or problems that could come back to haunt you later.
1. Recently Replaced Plumbing: Eager sellers often describe plumbing replacement work improperly. ‘Recently replaced’ plumbing could mean replacement of the fixtures only – things may look new, but the real concern is the accurate condition of the internal supply and waste piping. Is the supply piping copper, galvanized steel, or plastic? Has all or part of the piping actually been replaced? [Read more…]