cAN HOME INSPECTIONS IN GILBERT, AZ KILL A DEAL?
There are few guarantees in life, but a home inspection report turning up â€œissuesâ€ with your new house is probably one of them.
Before a Buyer has title to the property they will want to hire a professional home inspector to perform an extensive check of all operating systems, construction,Â roof, and exterior conditions called a Home Inspection.Â The Arizona AAR Purchase Contract provides that all appliances and other home equipment that conveys with the house be in “good working order,” at the time of close of escrow.Â The job of the home inspector is to earn his $400 (average) fee by pointing out every broken electric outlet cover, burned out light bulb, crack in the ceiling, and more importantly the AC that does not cool properly.
Home Inspectors come in various sizes and shapes and level of competence and social graces.Â Can and does a sale in Gilbert, AZ rise and fall on how well the Home Inspector does his job, including how he presents the findings to my Buyer?Â Absolutely!!
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Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when you meet with your Home Inspector for the findings review:
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HERE ARE A FEW “BIG DEAL” PROBLEMS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Weâ€™ve learned much about asbestos since the days when this cancer-causing substance was used as fake snow and breathed in by actors in movies â€” The Wizard of Oz poppy field scene, for one. But pre-1975 homes could have asbestos in roofing felt or in roof penetration sealant. The tape used to seal ducts, cement board siding (transite), and older tiling (usually in 9-by-9 tiles) could also contain asbestos.
Unless disturbed, asbestos isnâ€™t usually problematic. â€œAsbestos in siding or 9-by-9 floor tiles isnâ€™t a huge issue and can be remediated by covering them with other materials to protect them from damage,â€ says Welmoed Sisson, a Maryland home inspector. â€œAsbestos insulation around pipes that is friable [crumbling] is a serious health issue and should be remediated by a qualified asbestos abatement contractor prior to closing.â€
2. Radon in the basement
Radon, a naturally occurring, radioactive, carcinogenic gas, can sometimes be found in homes, usually in basements or crawl spaces. â€œBut in todayâ€™s tight homes, it can filter up through the entire structure,â€ says Sisson. Although most homes donâ€™t have a radon problem, if yours does, you should fix it. â€œRadon levels above 4.0 picocuries per liter call for the installation of an active remediation system.â€ This could cost between $1,500 and $2,500. If you canâ€™t afford to solve a radon problemÂ before you sell, you could offer to come down on your asking price so the buyer can have this done.
3. A buried oil tank
If youâ€™re buying a home built between the 1930s and the 1990s, thereâ€™s a chance something large is buried on the property. Unfortunately, itâ€™s not treasure â€” itâ€™s an oil tank. â€œThe seller really needs to take care of this,â€ says Sisson. If the tank was buried properly or professionally decommissioned, and the seller can show you suitable paperwork showing it was done right, you could leave it there. Or you could ask to have it removed. â€œAn intact tank with no leakage can run upwards of $5,000 to dig up,â€ Sisson says. But if an inspection shows that the tank is leaking, it could costs tens of thousands of dollars (or more if groundwater is affected) to correct.
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4. Exposed wiring
If youâ€™re buying a house from a seller who fancied themselves as a jack-of-all-trades (but was not really good at any trade) and you find exposed wiring, what should you do? â€œThis is generally not a huge issue,â€ says Sisson. Exposed wiring, however, can pose a safety hazard. A bigger concern is knob-and-tube wiring (old-style wiring that is pretty common in homes built before 1930). That system rarely holds up for more than 80 years. â€œOutdated [or exposed] wiring should be updated, but itâ€™s preferable to have your own contractor do it so you have control over the quality of the work and can be sure proper permits have been obtained,â€ says Sisson. This means it might be something the buyer should take care of â€” and negotiate that the work be reflected in the homeâ€™s price.
5. Black mold
If hearing about black mold conjures up images of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, you might freak if an inspection report shows your potential new home is filled with it. Plus, â€œjust having the word â€˜moldâ€™ on an inspection report can kill financing,â€ says Sisson. Itâ€™s even worse if you or anyone in your family has aÂ respiratory condition. In that case, â€œIt may be prudent to pass on the house altogether.â€ But if you really want the home, have the seller hire a professional to get rid of the mold. And then have the place tested again before you buy.
If your inspection report reveals termite damage, it will be a tough sell. And fixing the damage will be expensive. â€œAll the affected elements must be exposed, damaged pieces removed and replaced, and the remainder of the house treated,â€ says Sisson. A house with termite damage also calls for an inspection by a structural engineer to â€œreport on the integrity of the framing and whether any additional support members need to be added.â€ If you want to buy a house with termite damage, do so only after you have paperwork from the termite company (paperwork that you would show your lender) stating that the house now has a termite warranty.
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