Purchasing a Home In Phoenix?
Buying a home in Phoenix? Phoenix has a booming real estate market and for good reason, Phoenix is an amazing place to live. For nine months out of the year, we have incredible heavenly weather that we pay for with the price of surviving hell for three months. Those of us that survive have bragging rights on Facebook that we survived and thrived through a Phoenix summer. All joking aside Phoenix and it’s surrounding metropolitans like Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, and Tempe have incredible communities and are a great place to raise a family or retire. We have tons of golf courses, hiking and we are all just a few hour drive from lakes and pine trees. No doubt those are contributing factors to the booming real estate market in Phoenix. Preparing your home’s plumbing in Phoenix during the summer is a lot easier than prepping your home in a state that freezes. Here are some easy summer tips for your home’s plumbing.
Buying a home can be scary, a lot like buying a used car. As the person buying the home, we don’t know exactly what we are getting into. We don’t know how well the seller maintained the home or what expensive repair secrets the seller may be hiding. A home inspection is, of course, a fantastic way to help alleviate some of these fears but a home inspection can’t tell you everything. When we think of large repairs, typically we think of issues related to the air conditioner, the roof or even potentially the pool. What is often overlooked is what we can’t see and that is the plumbing drain system for the home. A sewer replacement can range from $5,000.00-$30,000.00 on average and that is not something that is going to be covered by homeowner’s insurance or a home warranty.
A Home Inspection Isn’t Enough
Common things that we find when inspecting sewer lines are root intrusions, broken sewer lines, bellies in the sewer line and sewer lines that are old and in need of replacement. While even the most excellent home inspectors can visually inspect what is obvious, they cannot see below the surface and can’t tell what is going on with the sewer system for the home. A camera inspection of the sewer line is the only way to know what is going on with the sewer line for the home you’re considering.
Stoppage are often the symptom of a problem
Oh, the horror stories I could share of the sewer repairs and sewer replacements that we have performed within months of someone buying a new home. It is heartbreaking to me when a client has to experience this right after the stress and joy of buying a new home. The thing that really gets me though, it is my belief that the sellers had to know, while I can’t prove it unless I was their plumber and had a record of the stoppages. Roots in the sewer line and broken sewer lines are not a sudden thing that happens overnight the way a leak can on a water line. Roots and breaks in the sewer line happen over a period of time and they produce a symptom that can’t be ignored – stoppages. A stoppage is rarely innocent, they are usually the symptom of a larger problem. We have gone out for stoppages within a short period of time after a client buys a home and soon discover that they had massive roots thicker than a man’s arm. It honestly infuriates me on behalf of the buyer.
Sewer Camera Inspections Empower Buyers
These experiences inspired our Realtor Camera Inspection Program. We want to make a difference in the buyer’s experience and empower them to handle these issues before they buy the home. There are often a lot of surprises when it comes to buying a home, we don’t want your sewer system to be one of them. Our Realtor Camera Inspection Program gives a discounted rate for camera inspections for real estate inspections. Our sewer camera inspection includes a video inspection of the main sewer line from the house to the street as well as the main sewer line under the house if there is access to the sewer line from a two-way ground level cleanout. Our sewer camera inspection also includes a digital video of the inspection for your reference and proof of the condition of the sewer line at the time of the inspection. Our sewer camera inspection also includes a locate of the problems in the sewer line if we find any as well as a competitive bid to repair or replace the sewer line based on the condition we find it in. One of our regular real estate clients helped to save their buyer from a serious nightmare, you can read more about that story here in our article What we want Every Phoenix Realtor to know
A Sewer Camera Inspection Can be a Great Selling Point
A sewer camera inspection isn’t just a powerful tool for the buyer, it can be an incredibly powerful tool for the seller. We have had several real estate agents recommend that their sellers perform a camera inspection to give their home a clean bill of health and share with potential buyers that the sewer system is in great shape.
The sewer camera inspection, locate, video and estimate are designed to give the buyer power to have any sewer issues addressed before purchasing the home. Whether the buyer chooses to have the cost for repairs negotiated off of the purchase price of the home or better yet, to have the seller take care of the repairs before closing. We want to help empower buyers through their partnership with real estate agents to make a confident purchase with their home and prevent buyers from having surprise sewer issues to contend with their new home, allowing them to just enjoy their new sanctuary as the home they’d dreamed of, rather than the stuff nightmares are made of.