Five Things to Know About Home Inspections

The home inspection is an important part of the home sale process, both for buyers and sellers. When it’s time for you to hire an inspector, here are five things you should be thinking about:

1. It’s your choice: You are not bound or obligated to use any particular inspector. Your real estate professional may have some recommendations, but it’s ultimately up to you. Ask around and choose wisely—better to pay a little more now for a highly-respected inspector than to be surprised by a problem that the inspection didn’t reveal.

2. Looking for big problems: The inspector will be focused on the integrity of the home—safety, electrical work, foundation, load-bearing walls, etc. The inspector is not there to point out problems with ugly paint colors or light fixtures.

3. The report: There are hundreds of items to inspect in a home, so the inspector’s report will focus on the basics: What’s damaged, what needs repaired, etc. The report should be easy to read and understand.

4. Code of ethics: Though the inspector is working for the party that pays the inspector’s fee, the inspector will not deliver a report that intentionally hides or omits damaging information about the home. The report is private between you and the inspector, but if you’re the seller, you’re required to disclose any problems that the inspection reveals.

5. The inspector is not liable: Even the best inspectors can’t find every single problem in a home. They can’t see inside the walls or through the floors, so there could still be problems lurking. If a problem is revealed down the road, the inspector can’t be held responsible.


Mid-Century Modern Architecture with Classic, Luxury Finishes for sale in Uptown Phoenix for $1,299,900

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Phoenix, AZ 85012

Beds/Baths: 6 bed/5 bath

Approx SqFt: 4,796/ County Assessor

Approx Lot SqFt: 36,242/ County Assessor

Year Built: 1947

Pool: Private Pool

 This home effortlessly combines distinctive mid-century modern architecture with classic, luxury finishes in a $1,000,000 permitted remodel + expansion. Situated in the heart of Uptown on an irrigated .83 acre estate. The residence is gated both in front and in back, for the utmost in privacy. A remote-controlled front metal gate opens to a guest parking court. A long driveway leads to newly constructed garage, which can accommodate 3+ cars. Enter through the courtyard or the dramatic, contemporary front entrance. Glass walls hug the commercial-grade, pivoted front door. The landscaping plan was designed by a landscape architect to compliment the contemporary lines of the home, with a palette of block, steel, concrete, stone and boulders. Architectural details include butterfly metal roof, walls of glass, solid block construction, soaring vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows. There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in the main house, with a split floorplan. The detached guest house features a full kitchen, living room, 1 bedroom and 1 full bathroom. The main living spaces have modern concrete flooring. The front-most living room has a fireplace, floor outlets and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall that opens to the tranquil North yard. The house is pre-wired for surround sound. All original windows have been replaced with energy-efficient, dual pane window systems. 20′ ceilings really open the space. The kitchen is truly high-design with a high-performance appliance package (Stainless steel Miele wall oven, microwave, convection oven and gas cooktop). The custom millworks in the kitchen include high-end Euro cabinetry, ebony slab granite counters, expansive island breakfast bar, walk-in pantry and paneled dishwasher. Master suite is split from other bedrooms and has a dreamy walk-in closet. The master bathroom has dual vanities, slab granite counters with vessel sinks, shaker-style cabinetry, freestanding modern soaking tub, dual shower zones and expanses of natural stone. A 625 sq. ft. guest house has a full kitchen, large bedroom with custom walk-in closet and full bathroom (perfect for a pool bath) and is equipped with stainless steel appliances and natural stone floors. A permitted expansion in 2016 brought in 2 new bedrooms and a new shared bathroom with high-end finishes. The 700 sq. ft. garage is perfect for car and toy enthusiasts. The South-facing rear yard features expanses of grass and mature trees. An open patio leads to a freeform ‘heart’ shaped pool. Copper plumbing supply is 1 & ¼ inch. Less than .5 mile walk to St. Francis, Flower Child, Windsor, Churn, Creamistry, Postino, Joyride, Federal Pizza, AJs, Starbucks and more! This home would make a fantastic architectural AIRBNB vacation rental; it sleeps many and has an ideal, central location!

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