Many potential home sellers don’t do a pre-listing home inspection. Why should a home seller do a pre-listing home inspection prior to listing their home for sale? If you don’t, here’s a possible scenario:
Say you are planning to list your home for $300K and you want to walk away with $275K or more before real estate agent fees.
You negotiate an offer on your home for $280K, so you are $5K ahead of where you wanted to be. Great!
Then the home buyer has their home inspection done. Maybe the home inspector finds the roof needs work and the HVAC system is at the end of its serviceable life. The buyer responds back they want you to do $10K worth of work or a provide a credit. Now you are potentially $5K under where you wanted to be.
If you had used a home inspector for a pre-listing home inspection, these items could have been found and you could have had the following choices before listing your home:
- Increase the listing price of the house by $10K or $15K, giving you more negotiating room.
- Keep the listing price at $300K, but do not accept a price that will take you below your desired walk price, if repairs/credit are asked for (e.g. $290K instead of $280K)
- Have the repairs done beforehand, list the price of the house $10K higher to compensate for the repairs, and use them as marketing benefits (e.g. new roof or new AC). A potential buyer seeing the house has a new roof or a new AC would likely see the value in these points.
If you opt to have the repairs done beforehand, when the home buyer has their home inspection done, the buyer’s home inspection may find some issues, but the major (and costly) issues should already be known. Now you, the seller, are happier because you walked away with your expected amount, but the buyer is also happier that they are buying a home with fewer issues since they were resolved before the listing.
Call Tanque Verde Home Inspections at 520-462-8844 or visit our website to schedule your home inspection.
What is the difference between Arizona State certification, InterNACHI certification, and ASHI certification? I’ve had this question asked of me by some real estate agents, so I thought I would clarify the differences.
Only about half the states in the US regulate home inspectors. Fortunately, Arizona is one of the states that does regulate home inspectors. The Arizona State certification is based upon the ASHI Standards of Practice (SOP) and the ASHI Code of Ethics.
Because so many states don’t regulate home inspectors, professional organizations like NACHI (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors) aka InterNACHI and ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors), created their own certifications to help “regulate” and educate inspectors in the non-regulated states.
Being part of a professional organization such as NACHI or ASHI can still be beneficial for the inspector and the community as a whole, even when the inspector is in a regulated state. From my perspective, NACHI focuses on the development and support of the inspector (i.e. on-going education, community support groups), while ASHI focuses more on the regulatory side of the business. Both are great organizations focused on protecting home buyers and elevating the home inspection profession as a hole.
I personally chose to join NACHI. Is NACHI better than ASHI or vice versa? Some inspectors might say one is better, but I say they are both good organizations. For the home buyer or the real estate agent, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that the home inspector is certified by the State of Arizona’s Board of Technical Registration, which TVHI is also certified by.
On a recent inspection in an attic, I came across a truss chord that had been sistered with another piece of lumber as a repair. This can be a legitimate repair, however, there was no evidence of an engineer’s label showing that the repair is legitimate.
A truss is an engineered type of roof system designed to handle loads (i.e. roofing, snow (not much of that in Tucson), AC units, etc.), which then distributes those loads to the load bearing walls of the home. Any modifications to a truss (notches, holes, etc.) can reduce the truss’ ability to carry the load it was engineered for.
Therefore, for the integrity of the home and the safety of its inhabitants, a truss should never be modified except with the approval of a qualified engineer and the work of a licensed contractor. That approval should include a label with the engineer’s signature that is then attached to the modified truss to indicate to others in the future (like a home inspector), that the modification has been properly done.
My answer would be a resounding YES. When buying an “As Is” property, you might go in expecting to do some repairs and renovations that might cost you $10K. What if that number ended up being $20K or $30K? Would you still buy that house or negotiate a better deal? A home inspection can help you uncover unexpected things that could cost you more money than you anticipated. Call Tanque Verde Home Inspections at 520-462-8844 to schedule your home inspection.
Years ago I moved cross-country. I immediately started to have some concerns about the mover I selected, so I started doing some online research. I found a US Government website https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/protect-your-move. Most of the red flags the government site lists were present with the mover I selected. I immediately called to cancel and my concerns were further validated by their attitude. Here are a few key points to look out for:
- The moving company does not give an on-site quote. Think about it, how can they give you a quote if they don’t know how much you are moving. They have to see it in person.
- The mover requires a deposit. They have all of your belongings. If you don’t pay at delivery, you don’t get your belongings. Why require a deposit?
- The mover doesn’t provide a written estimate. You: “but you said it would be $4000”, the mover “no I said $14000”.
- The mover says they’ll determine the charges after loading. They now have all of your belongings and you are at their mercy.
- When the mover shows up they say you have more belongings than is typical. This goes back to why the first point is so important.
Before you do anything with any moving company check the website above and reviews of the company. The website has a search for the mover’s DOT number in addition to other information. Unfortunately the moving industry is plagued by scammers. There are some good companies out there, just be sure to do your research first.