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Your desire to buy a Gilbert AZ Home for Sale Worry Free is possible by following the advice in this article. When you buy one of the Gilbert AZ homes for sale, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t working—in the middle of a shower! This is why it is so important to have a home inspection during the 10 day inspection period before you buy your home.

A home inspection is an essential part of buying your Gilbert AZ home. Before hiring an Arizona home inspector, ask your buyer agent to recommend candidates and then ask them a few questions to make sure you are hiring a trustworthy inspector.

  1. What does your inspection cover? Not all inspections are the same. Ask for copies of previous home inspections so you can see exactly what they check outside and inside Gilbert AZ homes. If you are concerned about something specific, like a leaky faucet in the bathroom or cloudy windows, mention that to the inspector, so they can check it out.

  2. Ask if they are licensed or certified? Arizona home inspectors must be licensed by Arizona State Board of Technical Registration where you can go online to verify their licensing status and how long the inspector has been practicing. Expert Arizona home inspectors have done at least 500 home inspections. An experience like that is important to you.

    At the very least, choose a home inspector who belongs to ASHI American Society of Home Inspectors.

    Ask how long they have been inspecting homes, how many home inspections have they done and ask about other licenses and expertise they have or have had. Some Arizona home inspectors may be Arizona Licensed Contractors and may have built homes, too. This shows a level of professionalism, experience, and education that you can trust.

  3. What kind of report will they give you and me? Arizona requires every Home Inspector to complete a standardized inspection form as a minimum level of reporting. You want to ask about photos or report summaries they incorporate into their written report detailing what the inspector found. Most Arizona home inspectors will provide a typed report the same day or email you a copy the day following the inspection. Make sure the inspector is available to explain something in the report you don't understand after the inspection has been done.

  4. Will you be able to attend the inspection? Most inspectors confirm the condition of the equipment before they test it so they can see if the problem was present before the test and what was needed to cause the observed problem to recur. But if the inspector refuses to let you be present during the wrap up of the home inspection when he goes over the results and points out to you and your Buyer Agent what was found, the potential cause and what would have to be done to repair the problem, find someone else. This is your chance to know exactly what you are buying and what potential repairs you and/or the seller will have to make.

    When you attend the inspection, you are there to observe only while the inspector is inspecting. Do not touch ANYTHING. The inspector notes the condition of every component of the home before, during and after the component is tested.

    Save your questions for the inspector until after the inspection has been completed and documented. An experienced home inspector is very systematic in his approach and you don't want to distract him. He'll gladly review his report with you, show you problem areas, describe the problem and its potential cause in great detail. Make notes.

    Not all problems are big issues. No house is perfect and some things are going to end up on your "to-do" list to correct after the closing of escrow. You are looking for costly deferred maintenance or latent defects that are big expense items. These are the items I negotiate on your behalf with the seller to be repaired at seller expense or a reduction made in the sales price in lieu of the seller make repairs. 

  5. The Home Inspection Report documents the condition of your Gilbert AZ home when it was purchased in the event your Home Warranty company claims the reported defect was a preexisting condition before the home was purchased and deny paying for the repair. So keep the report for at least one year.

There will be a termite inspection done at the same time. As your buyer agent, I need both reports to describe potential repairs requested on your Buyer Inspection Notice and Seller Response (BINSR). It is my job to write up problems referenced in the inspection reports to describe problems the seller is being requested to repair prior to the close of escrow.

As your real estate agent, I will guide you through the home buying process. Let me help you find your new Gilbert home. Contact Sam today at 480-213-1799 or email me at samelam3@msn.com. Gilbert AZ homes LINKS:

  1. Home inspection - What to Expect at Your Home Inspection
     
  2. American Society of Home Inspectors. - https://www.homeinspector.org/
     
  3. Easy household repairs. - Helpful Do It Yourself Household Repairs Tips
     
  4. Home Inspector Licensing Standards - Arizona Licensing Standards for Home Inspectors
     
  5. Gilbert AZ Real Estate and Homes for Sale - Gilbert Arizona Area Information

Sam Elam - Associate Arizona Broker wit 25+ years of full time real estate experience helping home buyers and sellersSam Elam
Associate Broker, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, SFR
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties
Cell: 480-213-1799
SamElam3@msn.com

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