HOME INSPECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT FOR HOME OWNERS AS A PART OF REGULAR MAINTENANCE.
WINTER IS GONE AND IT'S TIME TO INSPECT FOR WINTER DAMAGE.
An informative post by our own James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector, offers good advice for home owners everywhere.
This article points to:
1. The necessity of regular inspections of our homes (even when it's not for sale).
2. The inevitable wear and tear of aging on our homes (not unlike ourselves).
3. The cumulative damage done to our homes by weather and normal movement of the earth.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A HOME INSPECTION?? When you purchased your present home? Never? You might be very surprised to find that, although you are a conscientious home owner and preform regular maintenance, a TRAINED EYE will find items of deferred maintenance that you probably never considered.
HOW MUCH DOES A WHOLE HOUSE INSPECTION COST? Few home owners will pay to have a home inspection on a home they already own. However, while homeowners may understand the importance of service contracts or at least regular inspections of visible systems, how many will have an inspection of their roof, inside and out?? How many home owners drain their water tank on a regular basis (you'd be surprised at the gunk that is sitting in the bottom of the tank). How many have an inspection for termites or other wood destroying insects?? Most WHOLE HOUSE INSPECTIONS are performed only when a property is for sale and there is a buyer who wants to know the true condition of the property for which they are going to invest many thousands of dollars.
MAINTENANCE IS MORE THAN JUST FIXING WHAT YOU CAN SEE. Most of us understand that a regular cleaning and inspection of the heating system is important to the life of your systems. But how many of us can identify the defects in an exhisting roofing system as shown in Mr. Quarello's excellent post?
HOME INSPECTORS WILL EXAMINE AREAS HOME OWNERS MAY NOT CONSIDER.
STRUCTURE: How many home owners understand the mechanics of construction and how natural movement may cause serious damage to the structure, foundation, roof, windows, etc., of your home??
EXTERIOR: We may walk around the house but will we really know what we are seeing?
INTERIOR: Natural movement, water intrusion are matters that can cause cracking, separating, shifting in a home. Is the insulation in your home adequate? Or, are we just complaining about the utility costs?
MECHANICALS: An inspection and maintenance on a heating or cooling system is far less expensive than replacement costs.
APPLIANCES: When was the last time you vacuumed the dust out of the cooling area of the frig?? Can you determine the performance efficiency of your appliances?
PLUMBING: Water, water, water is the most destructive force in any home. Home inspectors can locate small problems before they turn into major problems. (Shhhh, don't say the word mold.)
ELECTRICAL: How competent are we home owners to determine the efficiency AND SAFETY of electrical systems??
ADVICE TO HOME BUYERS: Get a home inspection so you can discover the many items of deferred maintenance or simple wear and tear on the property you plan to buy and own for many years.
ADVICE TO HOME OWNERS: Get a home inspection every 5 years or so to make sure there are no items of maintenance or wear and tear on the property that can usually only be found by an experienced home inspector.
INVISIBLE HAZARDS: If your home is in a "danger zone" for Radon, the tests, if you receive a high reading, are inexpensive. If you purchased new construction, you may wish to have a test done after 6 months of occupancy. See Radon maps HERE.
Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988. Representing home buyers in Maryland and Northern Virginia.
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