Five Things to Watch for at a Phoenix Home Inspection

2013-02-20_211331_001After a contract has been signed, a buyer has 10 days to complete any inspections they want on a home in the Phoenix real estate market, assuming the boilerplate hasn’t been amended. Inevitably, a home inspector will find a number of items that may need some additional attention.

Ultimately it’s up to a buyer, with the guidance of their agent, to decide what if any repairs should be requested or even whether to move forward with the purchase contract. For my buyers here in the Phoenix real estate market, here are some of the key items we look for:

  1. Condition of the roof. If it’s a shingle roof, how weathered are the shingles and how much time is left in the roof’s general decade-long life cycle? If it’s a ceramic tile roof, how many tiles are cracked, was the flashing done correctly and is there any signs of tiles slipping out of place.
  2. The electrical box. Have any do-it-yourselfers left breaker openings uncovered or double-tapped a connection?
  3. Plumbing. This one’s easy – are there any apparent leaks inside or out?
  4. Electrical. Do the outlets and electrical appliances all work? Are there any exposed wires that should be in conduit?
  5. Cracks. Almost every home in the Phoenix real estate market has settling cracks of some sort. Most inspectors will tell you cracks thicker than a dime might need an extra look. That also could be the case if cracks appear on the same horizontal plane across the house.

Are any of these things in and of themselves deal-breakers? Probably not, unless the issues are severe. And, remember, the buyer has the right to ask for items to be repaired. Whether the seller agrees is a different story, but most of the items that appear in one inspection will appear in the next.

Of course, I’m always happy to help you with your home inspection – after you and I find the right house for you, of course.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at