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.
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…]
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
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
Not sure where to start a remodel? Begin with the kitchen!
Oh, we have heard it all…the prepaid contractor who skips town, the cracked countertops, the leaky plumbing installation. Remodeling can be a nightmare. Maybe you’re thinking: why fix what isn’t broken? If done carefully, with proper inspections at each step in the process, your kitchen remodel can go smoothly and efficiently. We know for a fact that an updated (and not to mention pretty) kitchen is one of the biggest selling points of any home. Not looking to sell? Doesn’t matter. Pamper yourself a little in 2014. We know you want to get rid of that rattling dishwasher.
You have two options: a small or a large remodel.
Stick to the Necessities
One Avenue understands that budgets are tight this year. Analyze the space to determine what is most important in the room and what needs to be addressed first. Ask yourself questions like, “How important in easy cleanup?” and “Is the size of the room functional enough for a semi-large group?” Here are what One Avenue clients usually invest in first, during small and large remodels.
1. Install new drawer hinges
This is the hidden secret of new and efficient kitchen: fast glide cabinets and drawers. Without tearing out the existing cabinets, you can easily install soft-close drawer hinges, adding nearing invisible value and ease to the room.
2. Recoat the surfaces
This step is fairly self-explanatory (not to mention you can definitely do it yourself and save money without a contractor/painter). Give your cabinets a face-lift and change the entire look of the room. Don’t cut corners here though! Make sure you paint several layers of primer after sanding before you paint or stain the wood. While you’re at it, might as well screw on some updated hardware to complete the room.
If you cannot afford to knock down walls or install another window, fresh lighting is the next best solution for opening up a room. Without hiring an electrician, you can easily install a central fixture and some track lighting around the walls. The DIY Network has some specific lighting solutions that fit with any budget.
Go Big or Go Home
If you have the time, means, and an air-tight plan, why not change the entire room? Including the above recommendations, here are a few places to begin your complete kitchen makeover.
1. Knock down walls
Ask yourself: how many meals do you actually eat in your dining room? If you have the time and the budget, consider opening up the kitchen into the dining room and doubling the size of your kitchen and eating area. In most modern homes, value is found in versatility and convenience, not formality. The removal of a single, non pivotal wall can change the flow of your entire home.
2. New appliances
Try to find energy-efficient, stainless steel appliances. A new stove and kitchen sink can make or break a sale. We are always surprised at how easily a buyer can be persuaded by the shine of new merchandise in the kitchen.
3. Islands: the kitchen necessity
One Avenue firmly believes that every kitchen should come with an island. It’s one layout that will never go out of style. The versatility and usefulness of a kitchen island is endless and anyone who ever spends time in their kitchen (so…everyone) knows how valuable counter space is. Plus, you can install portable islands!
Staying or selling, always have a home inspection done after (or during!) your remodel. Our inspectors are professional and honest. In a world of cheapskate contractors and difficult home projects, take a breath of fresh air with the One Avenue stamp of approval!
Call today with any question or to set up a consultation. 623.299.2142
The experts at One Avenue Inspection have put together a list to help real estate agents prepare their clients who are selling their home. Consulting your clients to do a pre-inspection before the official inspection by the buyer inspection company will help target potential problems. This pre-inspection checklist is a great tool to establish questions from your client or potential buyers and to discover the best parts of a home and the areas that need improvement.
1. Clear out the key areas of the house. The key areas include the attic, garage, storage rooms and closets. If these areas are not cleared out, then it may look like there is something to hide to potential buyers. Open up these areas to the home inspector and bring any questions you have to your realtor before hand, to avoid obstacles in the selling process.
2. Do not forget to test all light fixtures on the interior and exterior of the house. Replace any burned out or missing bulbs. On a general home inspection report, the problem of a burned out bulb in comparison to a burned out light fixture will not be clear.
3. Check the batteries in the smoke detectors. You should do this for your own safety whether you are selling your house or not. If a smoke detector does not work, replace the battery or replace the entire smoke detector.
4. Change all air filters. It is an inexpensive and easy fix. There is nothing more disgusting than an air filter that has not been changed in years. A dirty air filter is not the impression you want to leave with the home inspector or the buyers.
5. Rid your yard of any bushes or trees limbs that overhang or touch any part of the house. Vegetation too close to the house does not allow the house building materials to dry out quickly enough after it rains, which produces rot.
6. Check all exterior and interior doors. Tighten loose doorknobs, latch plates, and door hinges. Make sure that the hinge pins are fully installed. Tighten any loose kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs or handles.
7. Make sure that all windows are operable. Inoperable windows are a safety issue in the event of fire or another emergency. The typical reason why windows cannot be opened is due to dried paint on the windowsills. Make sure all windows in the house can be easily opened.
The homeowner can easily check these seven areas before their agent lists their property. Leaving a positive impression on the home inspector and potential buyers, who will be following the home inspection report, will avoid delays in the selling process and allow your client to get the most bang for their buck. One Avenue Inspection believes that education between realtors and home inspectors will promote real recovery in the Phoenix real estate market.
When selling your home, a home inspection checklist is a necessity. One Avenue Inspection is in the business of expert home inspections, but also in educating home owners. A home inspection report reveals problems in all systems of a house.
Hired by the buyer, an inspector examines the house thoroughly for non-functioning systems, damages, and repairs that may be needed. Their detailed report forms the basis for continuing with the purchase, renegotiating the sale price, allowing the seller to make repairs, or for pulling out of the sale. A home inspection is recommended on purchases of new construction as well as re-sales and is a critical component of an escrow timeline. The following is a technical breakdown of what an inspector looks for in your home.
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.