Friday, October 11, 2013

How Home Inspections Help Buyers Avoid the Money Pit

You’ve made an offer on a Fountain Hills home and it’s been accepted, but before you start packing boxes for your move there’s one more important step in the home-buying process – the home inspection.

A professional home inspection is key in making sure your new home doesn’t have any hidden flaws or major repairs that may have gone unnoticed at first glace. Plus, an inspection can give you added confidence and peace of mind in your decision to purchase a particular home. That’s why it’s so important to find a reputable home inspector who is licensed and current on local building codes. All of the professional home inspectors I work with are certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and carry general liability as well as errors and omission (E&O) insurance.

During a home inspection, the inspector will take a thorough look at many areas of the home including:
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Windows
  • Interior plumbing
  • Doors
  • Electrical systems
  • Floors
  • Foundation and substructure
  • Signs of wet or dry rot
  • Other damage or neglect
  • Walls
  • Signs of termites
Once the inspection is complete, the home inspector will write up a detailed report of their findings. This will give you an accurate picture of the overall “health” of your home and any potential issues or major repairs that may need to be done. Remember, no house is perfect. Finding out any potential issues early can let you know what to expect and give the seller a chance to correct them. All of my inspectors guarantee their work and offer extended advice or service long after the inspection is over.

Home inspections are an important part of the home-buying process. As a Fountain Hills real estate agent, it’s my job to give you all the information you need to make the right home-buying decision. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned veteran, I’m happy to answer any questions you have and discuss your real estate goals. Give me a call and I can help you get started.

Tina Nabers
Nabers Property Management & Real Estate