So you’ve been looking at homes for sale in the Scottsdale area, and just found the perfect one! While there are many considerations in the decision to move forward on an offer to purchase, the home inspection report may be one of the most valuable pieces of information available to the buyer.
Not only is the inspection designed to flush out any defects in the property, it also provides a snap shot of the condition of the property.
The standard home inspector’s report typically covers:
- heating system
- central air conditioning system
- interior plumbing
- electrical systems
- attic and visible insulation
- walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors
- pools, spas and related equipment
While some home buyers will insist they can make an informed opinion of the home’s condition based on their own knowledge, a certified inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety, and will not allow the emotions of having found the perfect home impair his or her judgment.
Equally important to the buyer should be what is not covered in the home inspection. The grounds of the property are seldom inspected in a typical home inspection, so if the landscaping and irrigation system is important to you, you may want to have a separate inspection of these items.
A home inspection may or may not include a termite and other wood destroying insects and organisms report. (While this doesn’t apply to DC Ranch homes, if your home is built on the side of a mountain or in a rural area and not tied to a sewer system, a septic or alternative system inspection is required.)
When selecting a professional inspector, here are some questions your may want to consider:
- Are they state certified?
- What is the scope of the report?
- What is their past experience?
- Do they have available references?
- Do they provide a sample report?
- Are they covered by errors & omissions insurance?
The American Society of Home Inspectors can guide you through some of the most frequently asked questions and the AAR Home Buyer’s Advisory is a free online resource for a real estate consumer considering a purchase in the state of Arizona.
An experienced realtor will have a list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past for your consideration. While the inspection is not mandatory, a “best business practice” in any real estate purchase is to get an inspection or two!
If you’re interested in more information on the home buying process, check out our blog posts on CC&Rs, HOA disclosures, pool barrier laws and the CLUE report. Make AZGolfHomes your top resource when buying or selling a home in the Scottsdale area.
Realtor | Founder
The Matheson Team – RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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