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.
Arizona Home Inspection Myths:
1. Home inspectors look for problems.
One of the biggest myths in Arizona home inspection is that the inspector is there to sniff out issues with a home. Inspectors are there to evaluate the overall condition of a home and write a report based on their findings during the inspection. They visually inspect the major components of the home and report both the good and the bad.
2. The home inspection eliminates the risk in buying a home.
As stated before, an actual home inspection is limited in scope. Inspectors can only visually assess the house during their inspection. They cannot go in between walls, dig up ground to evaluate foundations, nor dismantle plumbing systems to inspect them for leaks and clogs. There are still many items that unfortunately cannot be evaluated during an inspection. An inspector’s job is to evaluate the highest risk areas.
3. Sellers must fix the items brought up during the report.
The seller is not required to fix anything brought up on the report. It is up to the seller and the buyer to negotiate what items the seller will fix and what items the buyer will be responsible for after purchasing the home.
4. New construction homes don’t need to be inspected.
This is one of the most common myths out there. It should be common sense as to why an Arizona home inspection is needed but for those that aren’t sure, lets review. A 2004 Consumer Reports investigation found 15 percent of new homes sold had serious defects, and studies suggest things are getting worse. In another study, 41 percent of the homes examined, constructed by various builders, revealed problems such as mold and moisture, and 34 percent had frame and structural problems. New home builders are like any other business. Some will cut corners in order to maximize their profits or just out of ineptitude. Hiring a home inspector will give you some insight as to whether they did or not with the home you have your eye on.
5. A licensed home inspector is qualified to inspect your home.
Unfortunately, not all home inspectors are created equal. Licensing only insures the home inspector has a base knowledge of standards set by the government. It does not hold any merit regarding the quality of their education, experience, or their background. Finding a good home inspector requires research, networking, and interviewing each inspector that you are considering to hire. A valid license simply isn’t enough to go by when hiring a home inspector.
6. Homes sold as-is do not need an inspection.
Sure, if a seller is listing their house as is, they are basically saying take it or leave it. One could think, “What good is getting an inspection if the seller isn’t willing to fix issues brought up during the report?” Well, an inspection for one, would tell you if the house is worth buying regardless if the seller is willing to fix the house or not. Generally if you’re buying a home as is, you’re buying for value, but that doesn’t mean you have to risk purchasing a money pit just because you wanted to get some bang for your buck. Getting an inspection done will at least give buyers an understanding of what they are getting into.
7. An Arizona home inspection is the only inspection you will need before purchasing a home.
FALSE! As stated previously, home inspectors are limited in scope with regards to access to the home. Certain issues that are brought up during the report may require further inspection such as termite or chimney problems. Also, you will want to hire a qualified roof inspector in addition to your home inspector. The home inspector may be able to find leaks depending on where, but the roof inspector can locate any structural or construction issues (as far as the roof is concerned).