Many of us don't think too much about our homes as long as they are running smoothly. And, we often don't consider home inspections unless we are looking to buy or sell. Until the sump pump fails or a furnace stops working, we just assume everything is in top-notch condition.
But is it really?
Aside from changing the furnace filters and batteries on a regular basis (as any good homeowner should be doing), how often do you crawl on your belly under your house to make sure the foundation is still solid? Or climb into the attic to check for signs of water damage?
This is where a home maintenance inspection could come into play. A home maintenance inspection is similar to a full home inspection. The inspector will check all the systems in the house to make sure they are working properly. They will also look for the small signs that things may be in the beginning stages of breakdown: cracks, wearing down, and even check the lifespan of appliances.
Think of a home maintenance inspection like you would an annual doctor's visit. Just checking to make sure all the parts are still working, catch any issues early and to obtain that clean bill of health.
What can you expect to happen during a home maintenance inspection? Just like any home inspection, the inspector will walk you through your house and explain what was found. At this time, he or she will answer any questions or give clarifications you may need. The only way to find an answer is to ask a question.
The inspector can also give you some tips and tricks on how to maintain your home and all the systems within.
How often should I have a home maintenance inspection?
Every 3-5 years is a typical amount of time to allow between maintenance inspections. However, if you think something may have a catch in its giddyup, don't wait until the 5 year mark to schedule an inspection.
Once the inspection is finished, you will receive an inspection report with all the details. You can use this as a "punch list" to perform minor fixes when your time and budget allow. If there were major issues, the inspector can also send you a list of local contractors they have vetted to address those issues.
As for pricing, that can vary from inspection firm to inspection firm. Give us a call today for pricing or to schedule a home maintenance inspection.