I recently sold a home where it was clear that an inspection was conducted prior to the home going on the market. Although there are always changes that come up during an inspection, it took the guessing out of everything and made the overall process more seamless. I couldn't help but post about why it is a FANTASTIC idea to conduct an inspection prior to NEEDING an inspection.
Have you lived in your house 5, 10, or 20 years and not had an inspector come out since moving in? Here are 5 reasons why it is crucial to have a reputable inspector (I'd be happy to refer one to you) that will do a walk through before winter rolls around:
- The Environment Fluctuates - Levels (such as radon and water) DO have the ability to fluctuate over time. Radon gas from natural sources can accumulate in homes, especially in confined areas such as attics and basements. Radon levels fluctuate naturally, therefore testing for high levels is important. You definitely want to ensure that your family is surrounded by clean air and water.
- Exteriors are Exposed to the Elements! - All it takes is one bad winter to cause minor damage (hopefully not major damage) to the outside of your house. If you have a vinyl home, you are less susceptible to these risks. However, wood homes need ongoing attention. Typically, exteriors that are regularly inspected, painted, and maintained will be BEAUTIFUL. This certified inspector would check for signs of structural damage and save you from any headaches later.
- Town Codes Change - Have you completed a renovation in the last few years? Do you know if all your updates are up to local building, HVAC, and electrical codes? It isn't uncommon for sellers to realize that a basement has not been brought up to code or their newly added pellet stoves. The right inspector will be able to let you know if any permits are required for previous projects. The sooner you get the your CO (Certificate of Occupancy) or proper permits the better! (Don't tell anyone I told you, but they generally only get more strict with time...)
The peace of mind that comes with a recent inspection is worth the price you pay for their detailed reports. At the very least, you will be able to prioritize your list of "home projects" to give your family a home that you KNOW is safe. And we ALL know, that is PRICELESS.
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