Expensive Mistakes You Need To Avoid When Buying A House In Arizona

When you start looking for a new house to buy, is very easy to get excited. However, you need to be extremely careful to not make an expensive mistake.

If you’re looking for a place within Scottsdale & Phoenix, AZ, there are 3 BIG red flags that you need to avoid.

The first thing you need to know is that when you find a home you like and make an offer, the next step will be the inspection process.

Here in Arizona, the inspection process takes 10 days. You’ll find out things about the home like if the irrigation for the pool is okay, or how things are going with the AC, ect.

There are other things the inspection will cover, but I want to dive into a few things to look for that will save or cost you a lot of money.

Let’s get into these 3 red flags.

The Roof Inspection

I always recommend having a roof inspection on the house.

I tell my clients that they do a roof inspection when hiring a general home inspector so that they can see if a further inspection with a specialist is needed.

This roof inspection guarantees that you have someone looking at the roof based on their history, their experience, checking on the level of deterioration, whether is on the shingle or its tile roof, and all of that.

But the most important thing is to check the underlayment, the black tar paper that goes under the shingles, or the tile roofs.

On an average. You’re going to spend somewhere over $8,000 to $9,000 to replace a roof, or maybe even more, if you have a larger house.

This could be a huge expense for you especially if you’re a first-time home buyer.

If an issue comes up on the inspection and you aren’t financially prepared to replace the roof, you can request that the seller replace it.

The HVAC System

The next thing to inspect is the HVAC system. This is absolutely crucial in Arizona because it gets hot here. Sometimes temperatures in the summer reach 120F.

Making sure that you’re HVAC system has a thorough inspection by a professional can save you money and damage from these higher temperatures.

With this inspector, you’ll make sure that the temperature splits are good, that the coils and all the components on the compressor are cleaned, that the air handler is working well, that there are no holes in the ductwork, etc.

It’s an important step if you don’t want something leaking and to ensure you aren’t surprised by an AC outage in peak summer months.

Here’s a bonus tip: You can do this inspection without paying for it!

You can negotiate the cost of this inspection with the sellers to make sure you have a working system before closing.

The Pumbling

Lastly, you should always check the plumbing of the house- especially because many houses in Scottsdale & Phoenix are from 1980 or older, meaning that they will have old galvanized plumbing.

For this, you’ll need a thorough inspection where they’re going to put a camera into the system and look at everything that’s going on underground.

This inspection will check to see if there are any bends, bows, or cracks that can cause an issue in the future.

After this inspection you can request that the seller repair any issuese to avoid having to break up tile, driveways, or flooring to fix it.

I’ve seen too many beautiful unsuspecting homes that have major plumbing issues hidden beneath the surface to not recommend this to every client.

Repairing plumbing issues can be incredibly expensive (think up to $50,000!), so you need to know exactly what you’re getting into before you sign on the dotted line.

So before moving here, make sure to have these 3 things in mind and check it all with your contractor and seller to avoid expensive repairs in the future.

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