Inspecting Your Desert Ridge Home
If you are buying a home in Desert Ridge, or anywhere for that matter, we strongly recommend a home inspection.
For many, owning a home is a dream come true. It is often the culmination of hard work and planning, and it can bring you security as well as a sense of belonging to you and your family. Even luckier are those homeowners fortunate enough to have found the property of their dreams in Desert Ridge, one of Arizona’s most sought after residential communities.
Regardless of where you call home, though, it is extremely important to do the hard work before your purchase your property. One of the most important facets of that responsibility is ensuring the home you are about to buy is in good shape and not hiding any secrets that could cost you money or cause heartbreak down the road. Paramount among these are home inspections. These relatively inexpensive checkups by licensed professionals typically cost about $500, but it is money well spent, as you will learn what is behind the walls and the floor of the house you are considering purchasing.
That is why having a home inspection before you purchase real estate is of utmost importance. Read on to find out all of the things to cross off your checklist when you are zeroing in on a home purchase.
Insurance is the Best Insurance
The best first step is to choose a licensed, insured and reputable home inspection professional or service. This ensures that the company takes its work and reputation seriously. In addition, in the event that there are any mishaps while they are inspecting your home, it will not become a liability to you.
Choosing a home inspector with little or no experience, as with any profession, has its risks. Conversely, when you choose one with experience you can learn about their reputation. Plus, chances are that professionals who have been in business for a long time most likely have left customers satisfied.
What Exactly is the Inspector Doing?
Your inspector is only looking at the major issues potentially affecting homes. This means studying all electrical, water and structural designs and potential shortcomings that might exist. For instance, sometimes there are leaks in pipes behind walls that are not visible at all yet could be slowly doing major damage to walls and floors. In these cases, this unseen “minor” problem could become major over time—or it could already be major. So isn’t is better knowing all of this prior to buying the house and moving in?
Your Perfect Home May Be Imperfect
You should understand this point before your inspection starts. Remember, a home may look perfect on the outside but be hiding infrastructure problems or damage on the inside. However, you should not view this as a negative situation. Rather, you should endeavor to be happy to learn about any potential problems or shortcomings before you purchase the home. This gives you an opportunity to work with the seller to agree on how the situation will be resolved.
The Scope Matters
You should also be clear about the type of inspection you need based on the age of the house and the part of the country in which you live. Obviously, older homes may require more advanced inspections. In addition, for those of us purchasing real estate in Arizona, including Desert Ridge, we want to always include a termite inspection, as these critters can plague our buildings here. So make sure to do your homework and consult with your home inspector.
Ultimately, buying a home is a big step and responsibility. However, you can take so much pressure off of yourself and your family by protecting yourself ahead of time with a home inspection. You’ll be glad you did for years to come!
For more information about Desert Ridge home inspections- or anything regarding Desert Ridge real estate- please contact us!