East Valley Home Inspectors
Home inspections in Ahwatukee, Maricopa, Ocotillo, Sun Lakes, and Eloy too
Purchasing a home in is the single largest expense most people ever make. The inspection cost is really a relatively small investment, considering what it may uncover. A 1st insight home inspection will identify items that are in need of repair, replacement, and items that are past and/or close to manufactures expected lifespan. Items such as hot water heaters, and HVAC systems. With this valuable information you can request that the home seller repair and/or replace the items, or discount price of the house.
1st Insight Inspections is a service-oriented inspection company, which serves both home buyers and home sellers. We conduct property inspections which include, a roof inspection, termite inspection, appliance recall checks and more. 1st Insight conducts East Valley inspections, which includes Ahwatukee, Maricopa, Ocotillo, Sun Lakes, Eloy, and Casa Grande.
Hiring a East Valley Home Inspector
You have finally come to that point in your life when it is time to purchase a first time home, upgrade, or downsize. Regardless of how beautiful the home appears, always have a home inspection carried out on the property before signing the contract. The whole process will not cost more than a few hundred dollars. When you are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new home, you should not be looking for the cheapest inspection for the best thorough inspection. Especially when the inspection could save you thousands by uncovering expensive problems. Don’t hire the cheapest home inspector, its not like buying a particular name brand product.
Of course there are many home inspectors in Ahwatukee, Maricopa, Ocotillo, Sun Lakes, and Eloy area. 1st Insight Inspections conducts hundreds of inspections in these areas, so we know exactly what the most common problems are in this area. It is a detailed process, here is a short list of what we look for:
Inspecting the Important Areas
The wall and floor coverings, doors, and other items are important, but do not compare to the property’s roof, mechanical, electrical and structural condition. These are where the major problems often lie and are also the most expensive areas to repair. This is why home inspectors focus their inspection on a home’s structure first. It should be noted that a home inspection is not focused on finding cosmetic flaws, but rather the more important / expensive to repair items. When performed by a competent, experienced inspector, it is a rare occasion indeed when anything escapes the 1st insight inspector. However 1st insight Inspections guarantees their inspections.
Inspecting the Exterior
The inspection will begin in earnest with the inspector working his way around the property’s exterior working from the bottom up. This inspection takes into account the condition of the foundation, the walls, roof covering, even the gutters among other things. The grounds – such as walkways, and driveways will be analyzed next with a final, closer examination made to ensure nothing is missed before moving inside.
Inspecting the Interior
The interior inspection begins with the plumbing – the bathroom, laundry, utility sink, and the kitchen. Then floors and ceiling are checked. The appliances are tested as well. The inspector will go from room to room, always moving in the same direction, testing the receptacles, and opening and closing each of the windows. No room will be overlooked. Other interior items to be checked include the air conditioning, heating, electrical lighting and receptacles, including the hot water heater – which is usually in the garage, or in a utility closet.
Home Inspection Checklist
- Doors and windows
- Stairs, steps, and railings
- Porches and balconies
- Walkways and driveways
- Rain gutters and downspouts
- Exterior stucco or paint
- Attic space
- Electrical panel, light switches, and power outlets
- Thermostats and heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) system
- Plumbing fixtures, faucets, and water heater
- Walls, ceilings, and floors
Home Buyers Inspection:
Your home purchase will undoubtedly be one of the largest investments of your life. At first look the home may appear to be in great condition. However, there may be a number of unobserved defects, or safety hazards. Plus there might be major household items which are near the end of their life span, items such as the roof, water heater, air conditioner, or heater.
Home sellers are required to disclose information about their house up front in a disclosure form. However their memory may fail, or most likely, they simply do not know about the deficiencies (issues) that might exist in their very own home.
Home Sellers Inspection (Listing Inspection): One of the main reasons a home sale transaction can fall apart, is the inspection, or in the seller's case, lack of an inspection.
A seller's report is not meant to replace buyer's inspections. It's purpose is to uncover defects in advance so that the buyer's inspections don't become deal-breakers. Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection, so you may as well know what they are going to find out ahead of time. This way you can disclose these findings, or get repairs done.
Home Warranty Inspection:
You bought yourself a new home, but now your 1 year builders warranty is about to expire. The warranty was your life raft, let us inspect your home before your warranty expires. Why risk having to pay for repairs that could have been discovered with a thorough inspection? Let the builder pay to fix any found deficiencies. You certainly don't want to pay to repair or replace any items when you sell your house.
Items that the buyers home inspection might discover.
Brand New Constructed Home Inspection: Although a city and/or county inspector comes out and looks at a home to be sure it is built to code, they don't usually check for functionality.
With so many sub-contractors working simultaneously on a home during the build, it is easy if not commonplace to overlook things. Often inspections of brand new homes have more deficiencies than existing homes (homeowners have had the time to work the kinks out). Good builders will have no problems fixing deficiencies found by a home inspector. It is absolutely worth it to have a home inspection done on a brand new home.
Home Maintenance Inspection:
1) the nature of the recall,
2) where the product was sold,
3) how to remedy the defect, and
4) how to get the item repaired / replaced in most cases
1st Insight Inspections utilizes a third party company which specializes in recalled products.