5 Common Home Inspection Issues

Homebuyers have an array of options when considering a luxury home in the Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Paradise Valley areas. Our professionals at Walt Danley Realty can help you find the unique home you want and need. However, as you begin the buying process, it’s essential to understand the top five common issues that can arise with a home inspection.

1. Electrical

Home inspections always include a close look at the electrical. While the average luxury home features up-to-date electrical wiring, it’s important to make sure all outlets, switches, dimmers, and GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) work properly.

2. HVAC

An inefficient HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system or one that hasn’t been had a recent check-up has the potential for future problems. An annual cleaning and maintenance check of a home’s HVAC system helps it run more efficiently and works to reduce problems.

3. Windows

Luxury homes in our southwest region often offer amazing views of the picturesque landscape. From wall-length expanses to a bay window, home buyers are advised to look beyond the wow factor of custom windows and make sure the inspection determines all hardware and weather stripping is in good condition, and that all windows that should open and close effortlessly, do. The home inspection also is the time to check for any cracks and arrange with the seller to have those repaired.

4. Roof Materials

Roof damage during a storm or high winds can go unnoticed, which is why it’s important for the home inspection to be thorough. Cracked, curled, broken, or missing shingles need to be replaced, typically by the seller. If damaged or missing roof materials are left ignored, the risk for water damage to the home increases. Damaged flashings around a chimney also must be fixed/replaced for safety and home integrity.

5. Grading and Drainage

If a home’s grading doesn’t slope adequately away from the foundation, it can lead to crawl space and basement moisture and water damage. Water must be able to flow away from the home. A combination of inadequate grading and poor drainage creates serious and potentially expensive problems.

A good home inspection will reveal any issue with the property, including these top five. Look to our professionals at Walt Danley Realty for insight on other issues that may arise with a luxury home inspection. Contact us today to learn how we can help you find your dream home.