When buying or selling a home it is important to know what features will increase and decrease the value. As a buyer, you will be looking for a home that can handle your family’s lifestyle, so it is important to make sure that all of the features of your future home are in proper order, before you sign on the dotted line. As a seller, you need to “walk in their shoes” and think about your home from the perspective of a buyer. Do you have enough storage? Can your kitchen accommodate cooking for a larger family? Do you have energy efficient appliances or is the buyer going to have to replace all of the appliances when they move in? Many of these issues in your home can be changed with a simple fix, adding thousands of dollars to the value of your Phoenix property. One Avenue Inspection encourages you to improve your home little by little! [Read more…]
Most real estate surprises are the result of bad communication between the agent and the home buyer. If a home has some obvious imperfections and is put it on the market, it should be no surprise for the home inspection to confirm what you already know.
When a bad home inspection report occurs, it can be disappointing. When a inspection report shows serious structural problems, the buyer will probably back out. At the very least, properly dealing with the request for repairs is not as uncommon as people think because every home has flaws.
In fact, anything that uncovers a surprise problem with your house before close of escrow makes you that much less likely to get sued over the problem later on. If you agree to help the buyer with repairs, it’s very common to have them waive liability for later problems in exchange. You can feel more at peace with even bad inspection results when you start to view them as tools to eliminate future responsibility after the proper repairs are completed.
Even if you’re surprised by the inspection findings, good or bad, many buyers are not surprised when a home requires repairs. Many buyers will not interpret the reports as negatively as you do, and even if they do, a plan can be put into place to resolve any issues. Use your real estate agent and home inspection service as a resource.
Before anyone agrees to anything, get a couple of bids on the big ticket items from repair companies you choose or that are recommended by a company you trust. If nothing else, multiple bids will assuage your anxiety that the buyer’s team might have been fluffing the repair costs to get more out of you. Multiple bids are powerful in other ways too. Sometimes just showing the buyer that the repair may not be as urgent or as costly as they thought can cool both sides down and set the stage for a compromise. The compromise options are endless: you can do some repairs, give the buyer a credit, reduce the price, or do nothing at all, depending on what you can afford.
The home buying process can be confusing so allow time and attention to be spent on the details by a trusted real estate professional and a home inspection company working together for you.
Phoenix real estate and home inspections are tied closely together. As the Phoenix real estate market continues to recover, real estate agents need a home inspection company they can trust.
Most problems inspectors find are common and usually minor and can be easily remedied, but sometimes the expense can be considerable. This is one of the reasons why real estate agents work closely with expert home inspectors like One Avenue Inspection.
When making an offer on a house, you should make sure the contract always includes a home inspection contingency. The seller can take care of an expensive problem and make the repair before closing or negotiate a price reduction to offset your added cost.
How these options play out is really a function of the strength of the housing market. When houses were flying off the market, buyers often opted to take the property even with significant problems knowing that they would have to pay a lot more money a few months later for a similar home. In the current market, there is more buyer resistance.
You have to be prepared to walk away from a deal! It may be tough to walk away from one property, but doing so when needed will bring you one step closer to your dream home. Working with a real estate agent you trust means you will be in the hands of a home inspection company your agent trusts and recommends.
It is always important to remember that all home inspection companies are not the same. Individual inspectors vary in what specific tasks they undertake. Home buyers should inquire before they hire just what the inspector is willing – and unwilling – to do. Some inspection companies will not walk on a roof or crawl through an attic. Home inspection companies like One Avenue Inspection insist on walking through every key aspect of a property to give a thorough report.
Agents can recommend an inspector, but many buyers prefer to find one themselves. To find an inspector, ask friends, neighbors, and relatives for recommendations or contact One Avenue Inspection with any questions or concerns. The state of Arizona or a national organization such as ASHI requires certified inspectors to adhere to high standards of practice and ethics, involving periodic exams and updates.
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The certified home inspectors at One Avenue Inspection want to arm you in the war on pest control. One Avenue Inspection wants to ensure that the buying process is a clean, critter-free experience. We don’t want the little things to be forgotten. Pests seek places to live that satisfy basic needs for air, moisture, food, and shelter. The best way to control pests is to try to prevent them from entering your home or garden in the first place. You can do this by removing the elements that they need to survive. Remodeling and renovation offer opportunities to take action against indoor and outdoor pest problems. Pest control is a battle; Here are some quick and easy tips for regaining control of your home.
- Remove water. Fix leaky plumbing and do not let water accumulate anywhere in or around your home. Remove or dry out water-damaged and wet materials. Even dampness or high humidity can attract pests.
- Remove or block off hiding places. Don’t let the enemy gain territory. Caulk and sand crevices to control pest access. Avoid storing newspapers,paper bags, and boxes for long periods of time. Also, check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home.
- Block pest entry ways. Install screens on all floor drains,windows, and doors to discourage crawling and flying pests from entering your home. Make sure any passageways through the floor are blocked. Place weather stripping on doors and windows. Keep doors shut when not in use.
- Remove and store food. Consider pest-proof food and waste containers. You may use this as a criterion when evaluating cabinetry or designing space.
For more help call One Avenue Inspection 623-298-0704 and request an inspection. We love empowering agents to find the best property for their clients, and giving each client the tools to make their home a safe place.
One Avenue Inspection works directly with the real estate agent and the client.
Real estate agents refer respected home inspectors like One Avenue Inspection to their home buyers and sellers and many hire based on their agent’s recommendation. We are very grateful for the trust of respected real estate agents, but doubt they would continue to point their buyers and sellers to One Avenue if our loyalty was not in the right place. Agents depend on their reputations for referrals. Since we are often judged by the company we keep, it is our responsibility to perform home inspections ethically and in the best interest of addressing the positives and negatives of the property we are inspecting.
Of course, no home inspection can guarantee that your new house will be completely free from structural, plumbing, electrical, issues for as long as you live there. But if your home inspector’s loyalty is in the right place, it can give you peace of mind knowing that you are not sinking your money a ‘lemon’ of a property.
Your first inclination may be to assume that realtors just want to sell a home and nothing else. Any reputable agent wants to sell you the right home. Repetition and referrals are the foundation of their business. As home inspectors, we want agents to refer business to us because they trust that we will do our job and perform an honest evaluation of any property.
Our history of solid and honest service is apparent by the company we keep around us. Give us a call if you’re an agent looking for a consistent and reliable partnership with a Phoenix home inspection agency. Let’s help each other.