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When to hire a home inspector

You may be looking to sell your home and upgrade to a larger one, or you may be looking to buy your first home.  Hiring a home inspector like Scottsdale Desert Inspections help make the process more straightforward.


Selling a Home


A certified home inspection by SDI will make all the difference between a simple real estate transaction and a complicated one.  Even though you may have done work on your home in preparation of a sale,  there could be several unseen issues to fix:

  • Termites or other pests
  • Unknown septic problems
  • Mold in the walls or floors of your home
Scheduling a home inspection before you place your home on the market is always a good idea.  It allows you to have repairs completed or problems fixed before going to market


Buying a Home


Schedule an inspection before you make an offer.  This ensures that your future home is rock-solid and can affect your offer. 


Checking Repairs


If you’ve purchased a brand new home, your new property most likely included a home warranty. These warranties will cover the cost of specific repairs that need to be made within the first year of home ownership. Once repairs are made, a house inspector can evaluate the property to make sure all repairs were completed as written within the home warranty contract.

Pre listing inspections now a good idea

Think about selling? With a cooling market, a pre listing inspection can allow you to maintain a drivers position when an offer comes in.


It appears the days of multiple offers on the first day of a listing and waving inspections all together just to get the house have gone away thanks to several key factors, i.e. interest rates, and rising inventory.

If we're returning to a balanced, or buyers market be sure they will be doing inspections, and asking for sellers to pay for repairs.

The inspection can easily become a bargaining tool or further leverage to ask for credits and other concessions.

It is not uncommon for us to find wood rot, or termites, and or mold, all of which is very surprising to the home owner.

If a pre listing inspection is done your now addressing those not so fun items and simply providing receipts showing all has been professionally addressed. As a buyer this really goes over big, and  keeps them moving foward instead of over reacting by a large inspection report that could have been avoided.

How to Choose a Home Inspector

home inspector 2#1 piece of advice - Don’t wait until you have an accepted offer to look for a home inspector. Allow time to interview several candidates to be sure they are an experienced professional.

A home inspection is your one opportunity to get an independent assessment of the true condition of a property.  Here is what to look for:

  • If you trust your Real Estate Agent, follow their referral; just make sure there is no conflict of interest.  If you are not sure, you'll need to research and interview.
  • To find a reputable inspector, ask friends who have recently used an inspector. Find referrals through online communities like Angie's List, Yelp, or HomeAdvisors.
  • You can find inspectors from professional organizations: the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI),, and the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers.
  • Search online to see whether there have been any complaints. Try a web search with the name of the company followed by  as “complaints” and “reviews” or "Testimonials" Your local Better Business Bureau chapter may also may have information on the home inspector you’re considering.
  • Hiring someone who’s certified by a professional organization will give you more assurance that the inspector is knowledgeable.