The home-buying process is exciting but can also seem long and arduous. You often spend months searching for the right home before you make an offer and once an offer is made and accepted, you must jump through several more hoops before the sale closes. An important part of the process is the home inspection. AZ Shield Home Inspections makes sure everything is functioning properly and identifies needed repairs. The buyer pays the cost of a home inspection but can always wave the right to an inspection, however, this is never a good idea. For the protection of your investment, a home inspection should always be a mandatory part of the home-buying process. This goes for both the purchase of a pre-owned home as well as new construction.
You can fall in love with a home for various reasons. You might love the size of the home, the open floor plan, the home’s exterior or the layout of the kitchen. While the home may look to be in excellent shape, the home’s aesthetics can sometimes hide real problems. You need an inspector that will climb into the attic and inch around in the crawl space. Our thorough inspection process will give you the peace of mind that is needed when you are making one of the largest investments that you will ever make. Our inspectors will help you discover the real and expensive problems, if there are any, that are not always apparent when you view the home with a real estate agent.
Cost is not an inhibiting factor for a home inspection. An inspection on a condominium can be as little as $275 while the cost of a single-family home inspection ranges from $275 to $700 or more. In the end, the money is worth the investment. A quality home inspection can keep you from having to pay tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs.
The home inspector will look at the foundation and other structural elements of the house. If the house is not structurally sound, the inspection report will identify the problems. Structural problems are major red flags when buying a house. You don’t want to get stuck with a home that is not well built.
A new roof can cost $10,000 or more to replace and is one of the more expensive maintenance costs of owning a home. The inspector will look at the roof and decide whether it is in proper working order. The report will point out if there are any problems with the roof.
An important part of the home inspection is to make sure the home is safe. The inspector will look at the electrical system and make sure it is in proper working order. You don’t want to live in a home with an unsafe electrical system. If you choose to get a radon test, you will understand if the radon levels in the house are at safe levels. Radon is an odorless gas that can cause lung disease.
A home requires ongoing maintenance. Things wear out and break. When putting together a budget for buying a home, you need to include maintenance costs. The amount of money that you budget will depend on the home’s condition. A newer home is less likely to need maintenance than an older home.
You have a huge amount of leverage with an inspection report. You can ask the seller to fix the problems in the report, renegotiate the asking price or ask the seller to contribute more to the closing costs. You are in the driver’s seat if the inspection report shows major problems with the house.
An inspection report guarantees that you understand the condition of the home when the sale finalizes which can ultimately bring you peace of mind. All in all, you don’t want any major surprises shortly after moving into your new home.