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11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection in Arizona

Homebuyers Want to Know Your Home Inside And Out

While homebuyers are as individual as the homes they plan on purchasing, one thing they share is a desire to ensure that the home they will call their own is as good beneath the surface as it appears to be. Will the roof end up leaking? Is the wiring safe? What about the plumbing? These, and others, are the questions that the buyers looking at your home will seek professional help to answer. According to industry experts, there are at least 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection. We’ve identified the 11 most common of these, and if not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. In most cases, you can make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself if you know what you’re looking for. And knowing what you’re looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones.


“According to industry experts, there are at least 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. Here are 11 you should know about if you’re planning to put your home up for sale.”


11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection

  1. Defective Plumbing Defective plumbing can manifest itself in two different ways: leaking and clogging. A visual inspection can detect leaking, and an inspector will gauge water pressure by turning on all faucets in the highest bathroom and then flushing the toilet. If you hear the sound of running water, it indicates that the pipes are undersized. If the water appears dirty when first turned on at the faucet, this is a good indication that the pipes are rusting, which can result in severe water quality problems.
  2. Damp or Wet Basement An inspector will check your walls for a powdery white mineral deposit a few inches off the floor and will look to see if you feel secure enough to store things right on your basement floor. A mildew odor is almost impossible to eliminate, and an inspector will certainly be conscious of it. It could cost you $200-$1,000 to seal a crack in or around your basement foundation depending on severity and location. Adding a sump pump and pit could run you around $750 - $1,000, and complete waterproofing (of an average 3 bedroom home) could amount to $5,000-$15,000. You will have to weigh these figures into the calculation of what price you want to net on your home.
  3. Inadequate Wiring & Electrical Your home should have a minimum of 100 amps service, and this should be clearly marked. Wires should be copper or aluminum. Home inspectors will look at octopus plugs as indicative of inadequate circuits and a potential fire hazard.
  4. Poor Heating & Cooling Systems Insufficient insulation and an inadequate or a poorly functioning heating system are the most common causes of poor heating. While an adequately clean furnace without rust on the heat exchanger usually has life left in it, an inspector will be asking and checking to see if your furnace is over its typical life span of 15-25 yrs. For a forced air gas system, a heat exchanger will come under particular scrutiny since one that is cracked can emit deadly carbon monoxide into the home. These heat exchangers must be replaced if damaged - they cannot be repaired.
  5. Roofing Problems Water leakage through the roof can occur for a variety of reasons such as physical deterioration of the asphalt shingles (e.g. curling or splitting) or mechanical damage from a wind storm. When gutters leak and downspouts allow water to run down and through the exterior walls, this external problem becomes a major internal one.
  6. Damp Attic Spaces Aside from basement dampness, problems with ventilation, insulation and vapor barriers can cause water, moisture, mold and mildew to form in the attic. This can lead to premature wear of the roof, structure and building materials. The cost to fix this damage could easily run over $2,500.
  7. Rotting Wood This can occur in many places (door or window frames, trim, siding, decks and fences). The building inspector will sometimes probe the wood to see if this is present - especially when wood has been freshly painted.
  8. Masonry Work Rebricking can be costly, but these repairs left unattended can cause problems with water and moisture penetrating into the home which in turn could lead to a chimney being clogged by fallen bricks or even a chimney which falls onto the roof. It can be costly to rebuild a chimney or to have it repointed.
  9. Unsafe or Overfused Electrical Circuit A fire hazard is created when more amperage is drawn on the circuit than was intended. 15 amp circuits are the most common in a typical home, with larger service for large appliances such as stoves and dryers. It can cost several hundred dollars to replace your fuse panel with a circuit panel.
  10. Adequate Security Features More than a purchased security system, an inspector will look for the basic safety features that will protect your home such as proper locks on windows and patio doors, dead bolts on the doors, smoke and even carbon monoxide detectors in every bedroom and on every level. Even though pricing will “11 Things You Need to Know to Your Home Inspection” Pass vary, these components will add to your costs. Before purchasing or installing, you should check with your local experts.
  11. Structural/Foundation Problems An inspector will certainly investigate the underlying footing and foundation of your home as structural integrity is fundamental to your home.

When you put your home on the market, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises that could cost you the sale of your home. By having an understanding of these 11 problem areas as you walk through your home, you’ll be arming yourself against future disappointment.

$345,000
3 Beds 2 Baths 6721730 MLS 1,116 SqFt.
Step into modern elegance with this newly renovated 3-bed, 2-bath home. An open floor plan seamlessly connects the kitchen and family room, perfect for gatherings. Enjoy sleek, soft-closing white shaker cabinets, quartz countertops, and Samsung WiFi appliances. New LVP flooring, lighting, and craftsman doors elevate each room. Luxuriate in stylish bathrooms and a master walk-in closet. With fresh paint, new AC, and energy-efficient windows, comfort is guaranteed. A small covered patio and shed enhance outdoor living. Convenient freeway access, a community pool, and two covered parking spots complete this perfect home. Imagine walking into a home where every detail has been meticulously crafted to offer a blend of style, comfort, and convenience. This beautifully renovated 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom gem has been transformed with a modern open floor plan, creating a spacious and welcoming environment perfect for both everyday living and entertaining. As you enter, you'll be captivated by the bright and airy kitchen, featuring new soft-closing white shaker cabinets, gleaming quartz countertops, and a sleek white quartz sink. The kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line Samsung WiFi appliances, including a new stove, microwave, and dishwasher, making cooking a delightful experience. The subway tile backsplash adds a touch of classic charm, while the additional counter space provides ample room for meal prep and gatherings. The entire home boasts new commercial-grade LVP flooring, tall baseboards, and craftsman style doors, creating a cohesive and polished look. New light fixtures and outlet covers throughout enhance the modern aesthetic. The four new vinyl windows and additional recently replaced windows ensure an abundance of natural light and energy efficiency. The luxurious bathrooms have been fully remodeled with new vanities, faucets, toilets, and elegant tiling in the tub and shower areas. The master suite offers a walk-in closet and a new shower, providing a private retreat. Outside, the freshly painted exterior and new front door make a great first impression. The small covered patio and additional shed offer practical outdoor space for relaxation and storage. With new rock, pavers, and artificial turf, the yard is low-maintenance and ready for your enjoyment. Practical updates include a new AC and water heater, ensuring year-round comfort. The roof, at just 7 years old, adds to the home's durability. With great access to the freeway, commuting is a breeze. This home also offers two covered parking spots right in front, making it incredibly convenient. Plus, enjoy the benefits of a community pool for those hot summer days. This is one of the only units in the area to have been opened up for open concept living, making it a unique and desirable find. Experience the perfect blend of modern amenities and thoughtful design in this stunning home.

727 S Hartford Street Unit 213, Chandler

$1,150,000
5 Beds 3 Baths 6720762 MLS 2,887 SqFt.
Welcome home to this spectacular remodeled ranch home with cozy patios surrounding all sides. Tucked away in the hills of Northeast Mesa, This Desert Modern Ranch style home sits on almost a full acre of usable desert landscape. Very quiet, given a sense of privacy and seclusion. Get ready to fall in love with the cool desert sunrises over the mountaintops to the fiery sunsets glowing with city lights followed by the midnight skies dancing with a full open view of the stars. Remodeled in 2023, this 5 bedroom, 3 bath is a designer's dream. The split floor plan offers a separate guest house with its own kitchenette, separate patio and laundry room. As you step through the bold beautiful, custom entryway you are greeted with richly-appointed spaces. Step into the chef's kitchen with custom creamy cabinetry, a custom 36 inch induction range, stainless appliances, and an abundance of counterspace overlooking the great room. From the great room to the designer's master bathroom, every room is thoughtfully designed. The outdoors really makes this home special. Nestled in the foothills and mountains, you have wildlife and access to walking, hiking, and biking trails right outside your front door with the convenience of being only one mile from the freeway. You'll appreciate the short minutes drive to lots of shopping and restaurants, from coffee and juice bars to the stylish wine bar. Grab a bite at the sushi restaurant or catch a game at the sports bars. Are you ready to go enjoy the Arizona outdoor lifestyle, Take a 10-minute drive to one of Arizona's most scenic lakes or paddle down the salt river. Remember to play a round of golf at one of the country's top golf courses found in Las Sendas only 2 minutes away. If you were waiting for a one-of-a-kind, truly authentic Arizona home, this desert modern Escape is waiting.

8320 E Quill Street, Mesa

$1,250,000
4 Beds 2 Baths 6721694 MLS 1,983 SqFt.
SCOTTSDALE'S HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER 'PREMIER LUXURY BRAND' HAS CREATED A BOLD STATEMENT OF ORIGINALITY IN THIS HOME 'LIKE NO OTHER!'... SOMETIMES THERE COMES A HOME THAT IS SET APART FROM REST.....HERE IS YOUR INVITATION TO LIVE A CHARMED LIFESTYLE IN THIS DESIGN SHOWCASE CREATED ONLY FOR THE PRIVILEGED FEW!! EXPERIENCE THE ART OF LIVING.....elaborate entrance through custom cast iron/glass pivot front door draws you towards the expansive Living/Dining areas majestic with double volumes, vaulted heights, perfect proportion, clean lines & enormous windowscapes, encompassing gorgeous WINE GALLERY, impressive fireplace, and flow seamlessly onto the MOST EXQUISITE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT AREAS, consisting of HEATED POOL, LAP LENGTH WITH BAJA SHELF, double covered terrace for sunny days, sunken patio & outdoor fireplace for Scottsdale nights, perfectly manicured grassy areas for 'furry friends', Built-in Beverage bar/BBQ & Hanging Chair for friends & fun! The expertly planned Signature Designer white Kitchen sets a tone for a STATEMENT OF OPULENCE with the 12 Ft two tone kitchen island waterfalled with Brazillian Quartz, is outfitted with a plethora of 'top-of-the-line' appliances and is the central hub of the home! 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms for exceptional accommodation with one of the bedrooms tucked away from the rest, just perfect for work from home, teenager pad or granny suite! The 'piece-de-resistance' is the primary en-suite 'spa-like' bathroom with dual vanities! Every corner of this opulent home has been designed to impressive scale including the GRAND VAULTED 2 CAR GARAGE, which is as impressive as the rest of the home add in inside laundry with washer/dryer ....THIS IS A LIFESTYLE THAT IS HARD TO BEAT!! FEATURING: Brand New Heated Pool, Sunken Patio, Multi Color Illuminating Electric Focal Point Fireplace, Vaulted Ceilings with Feature Wood Beam, Vaulted 2 Car Garage with Electric Car Charging Station, New Roof, New HVAC & Ductwork, Tankless Water Heater, New Dual Pane Windows & Sliders Throughout, All New Signature Lighting & Fans, Handpicked Pewter & Gold Hardware, New Plumbing, New Electric, Gas Cooktop, Porcelain Tiled Floors, 2 'Spa-Like Bathrooms, Custom Designed Drapery & Hardware, All New Artificial Turf Backyard, New Solar Lighting, New Landscaping including All New Flowers & Trees, Built in BBQ & Beverage Center, Brazilian Quartz & Marble throughout, Inside Laundry with New Washer & Dryer, Ample Off Street Parking, Scottsdale Schools

8301 E Sheridan Street, Scottsdale

$495,000
2 Beds 2 Baths 6721674 MLS 1,463 SqFt.
Stunning extensively remodeled home w/ owned solar in beautiful Coyote Lakes golf community, premium lot, sparkling pool, 3 car garage! Backs to golf course w/ spectacular views of 10th green, lake & mountains! Very light & bright, all new windows, new 20'' tile throughout, 10 ft ceilings give home a spacious feel. Comfortable living room w/ great views. Elegant NEW eat-in kitchen, high quality white shaker cabinetry, rich granite counters, gleaming SS appliances, roomy pantry. Beautiful primary bedroom, gorgeous all NEW primary bathroom, dual sinks, granite, huge shower, large walk-in closet. Large secondary bedroom, all NEW secondary bathroom. Bright, roomy den is ideal home office. Backyard is peaceful retreat w/ covered patio, refreshing pool, large built in bar, & tremendous views! Hard to find THREE car garage is ideal for all of your storage needs. Home also features a large, inviting front courtyard with propane fire pit, an ideal space to sit and relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of this incredible community. Home is highly energy efficient due to owned SunPower solar system, new windows, high quality cellular window shades, plus custom sprayed cork coating on home and roof providing additional insulation (see documents tab). Owners have NO electricity bills, and received end-of-year APS credit of $226.98 in 2023 and $291.35 in 2022. Nearby Coyote Lakes Golf Club for dining and golf at the public Coyote Lakes golf course. Adjacent to that is the Coyote Lakes Recreation Club, a private facility offering pool, spa, tennis, pickleball and more. Kitchen and both bathrooms have been newly renovated, and kitchen features a beautiful gas range. Very large laundry room with washer and dryer, as well as a 2nd refrigerator! Gorgeous backyard w/ view fence has tremendous views of 10th green, lake and surrounding mountains. Newly redone cool decking around pool, plus three mature fruit trees in spacious side yard. Many furnishings in home are available. By far one of the highest quality homes in Coyote Lakes. Don't miss the chance to tour this incredible home today!

18265 N 116th Drive, Surprise

$500,000
3 Beds 2 Baths 6721668 MLS 1,193 SqFt.
Discover an exceptional lifestyle with this mountainside community home. The front courtyard is a low-maintenance (desert landscape with irrigation) haven with a water feature and a wood burning Kiva fireplace which creates an inviting outdoor space for gatherings and relaxation. Step inside to find a tiled Great Room with vaulted ceilings, and a fireplace, providing ample space for indoor entertainment. The Eat-In Kitchen showcases Stainless Steel appliances, recessed lighting, and ample cabinet and countertop space. *NEW LAMINATE FLOORING* throughout, bathrooms are tile. The spacious and bright bedrooms feature ceiling fans to ensure a restful environment, with the large Master Bedroom offering a ceiling fan and a Master Bath with **NEW** (2024) subway tiles in shower, toilet, vanity and tile flooring. Master bath also features a private exit to the backyard. Updated sunscreens on all the windows aid in keeping utility bills low, along with a newer water heater, A/C (2022), and partially repaired roof (2024). Hall bath recently updated with tile floors, subway tile in tub/shower combo, new vanity and toilet. The backyard is a desert oasis with low-maintenance faux grass and putting green, extended covered patio, Kiva fireplace, water feature, propane heated spool, built-in BBQ, pergola, and breathtaking mountain views. Garage features cabinetry and side door to backyard. As an added bonus, this property includes an RV gate and parking space, with NO HOA restrictions. The community itself is adorned with winding roads and mountain views, and features Lookout Mountain Park, complete with playgrounds, picnic areas, tennis courts, and hiking trails. Don't miss the chance to experience Arizona living at its finest. This exceptional property truly offers a unique and desirable lifestyle.

14245 N 22nd Street, Phoenix

$575,000
4 Beds 2 Baths 6718690 MLS 2,157 SqFt.
As you approach this beautifully updated residence, you'll immediately appreciate the fully paid solar panels, keeping your average APS bill at an impressively low $1000 per year. Imagine lounging by your own private pool in this fantastic location, or enjoy one of the many pocket parks and walking trails at every turn. Step inside and be greeted by neutral interior paint, a mix of tile and carpet flooring, and elegant arched walkways with vaulted ceilings. The home exudes comfort and style with ceiling fans and 2-inch wood blinds throughout. The heart of this home is the chef's delight kitchen, remodeled in 2017. It boasts custom and under-cabinet lighting, granite countertops, and a spacious island. Enjoy the convenience of soft-close cabinets and drawers with sliding pull-outs. Explore further to find the 3-car garage, complete with an interior extension and an access door to the backyard. This space is a storage haven featuring wall-built-ins and hanging rack storage areas, with new garage openers installed in 2019. All appliances, including a refrigerator in the garage, convey with the property, and an owned R/O system in the kitchen new in 2019, ensure fresh, clean water. The water softener was replaced in 2020, and the hot water tank was replaced in 2019. The irrigation was redone in 2021 in both the front and back. Whether you're entertaining in your updated kitchen, relaxing by your private pool, or exploring the nearby parks and shops, this North Peoria gem offers it all.

9577 W Potter Drive, Peoria

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