PHOENIX REAL ESTATEI have represented many home buyers in my real estate career. I consider the home inspection vital during the buyer's due diligence period when purchasing a house. The purchase of a home is the biggest investments people make in their lifetimes. Currently, we are in the middle of a foreclosure nightmare. Banks are selling foreclosed homes "AS-IS." Banks will not make any repairs to the house. So, one must be extra careful when purchasing a house from a bank.  

A home inspection gives the buyer a piece of mind knowing what one is walking into before signing one's life away at title. The home inspector will develop a detailed report on the house. The Realtor and buyer will review the entire to see if the they are able to take on the house if repairs are needed to the house. A buyer becomes aware of its condition and alerting them to any concerns. This reduces a lot of stress for the buyer. He/she are not walking in blinded. T


Here are the benefits of a home inspection below:


  • No Surprises: All major problems are discovered during the home inspection
  • Knowledge: Fully aware of any potential hazards before purchasing the home
  • Savings: A complete home inspection runs around $300. This is money well spent on a detailed report of needed repairs to be made to the house before one owns it.
  • Education: The home inspector will walk the entire house with the buyers to educate them on the entire interior and exterior of the home. The home inspector will show one where the main shutoff valves for utilities in case of an emergency. 
  • Repair Requests: Buyer has the option to give Seller the time to fix requested repairs before close of escrow by licensed professionals


Do you know any good home inspectors?


The Real Estate and Beyond Network has developed a solid relationship with Double Tree Home Inspection Services here in Phoenix, AZ. Eric Villaverde has gained respect among his peers in the home inspection industry. He is one of the few licensed and bonded home inspectors that offer infrared technology during a home inspection. The infrared camera allows one to see what is behind the walls and ceilings of a house to discover the unknown. This is a huge advantage to the homeowner before purchasing the house. This allows the homeowner to negotiate with the seller to either fix or reduce the agreed upon purchase price or even back out of the contract with the known material fact. Please visit Eric's web site at

Do I need a home inspection if I am buying a new home?


Yes, I always recommend a home inspection whether the house is new or not. The builder is able to fix any and all known items on the home inspection list. Also, many builders will warranty up to one year on a new house. So, I call up my buyers in the eleventh month to remind them that their warranty is coming up and encourage them to conduct a home inspection. Some builders here in the Phoenix Valley have been known to take short cuts to keep up with demand during the Housing Boom.


The home inspector can conduct an inspector before the drywall is up. This provides a high level of inspection that most new home builders do not offer to the buyer. There is a greater chance of identifying defects at this point in time. Also, it is easier for the builder to fix at this time. It is a win-win for both sides of the transaction. I have read about people purchasing a new home. Then, six months later the builder must rip into the wall because of a defect found by the buyer after living in the house. Yes, one has a warranty on the house. However, this is also an inconvenience not needed for the family since everyone lives busy lives.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsHarry F. D'Elia • April 27 2012 09:20PM


Every home buyer should have the house property inspected with a couple of days from submitting an offer

Posted by Kamal Salim, A Superior Level of Service ! (Lokation Real Estate) about 7 years ago

From a liability risk, I encourage my Agents to get a home inspection on all properties. it helps protect the agent from any potential claims

Posted by Frank Laisch, "The Insurance Guy" about 7 years ago

All buyers need to purchase a home inspection for the same reasons mentioned above

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) about 7 years ago

Hopefully many buyers and potential buyers are reading this.  Every property benefits from a good honest home inspection.  Considering the cost of such a major item inspections are small change.  I would think lenders would require one.  If a cash buyer insists on NOT having an inspection we have them sign a waiver saying so and that they were advised by the agent/broker to have inspections.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) about 7 years ago