One Avenue Inspection is the premiere Phoenix home inspection provider. Working with real estate agents, property managers and some of the largest real estate companies in the City. Because we do our very best to help realtors with every aspect of the job, we’ve decided to start a little ‘How To’ section of our blog to use as a resource. [Read more…]
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.
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!
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.
While most of the time you don’t have to worry about problems with your home inspection as a buyer, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the interior home inspection. The interior of a home is where all the action happens (for the most part). You have to consider the hidden things: plumbing, electrical, insulation, etc. A good home inspector will always spend the most time doing the interior home inspection. At One Avenue, we have interior home inspection services made especially for this part of the buying a home process! Here are some things to pay attention to when you consider buying a home:
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.
Here are some facts and tips about the pipes that are the lifeblood of your Arizona home. [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