Many homeowners dread hiring a house inspector since their visit often comes with a list of things that need to be changed or fixed in their home.
To help make the process easier and help you prepare for your inspection, we’ve compiled a list of five things your house inspector probably wants you to know.
- Maintenance is essential. Investing in regular home maintenance is the first line of defense for preventing issues down the road. Be proactive about investing in the gutters, plumbing, HVAC, roofing, and electrical systems, as well as other services like pest control, painting, and landscaping.
- DIY with care. In the age of YouTube tutorials, it’s easy to think we can tackle any home project ourselves. However, DIY projects can easily turn into home disasters if you’re not careful. Make sure that you respect the scope of a project and are realistic about your skills before you start any DIY task and leave anything outside your skillset to the professionals.
- Keep detailed records. Be meticulous about keeping track of the age, condition, and service records for the major aspects of your home. Knowing when the HVAC system was last serviced or when the roof was installed can make a huge difference in anticipating when things will need repairs or replacement.
- Address problems ASAP. Putting off repairs is a great way to land yourself with a major bill or, even worse, significant damage to your home. When a professional recommends repairs or replacements, take them seriously. If you’re unsure about the suggestion, getting a second opinion is better than ignoring the situation.
- We’re here to help. Rather than viewing the house inspector as an enemy who is out to get you, think of us as an ally that’s here to help you care for your home. We want what’s best for everyone, and our job is to protect current and future owners. Use the information we provide to help you prioritize repairs and make informed decisions about your home.
Keeping these things in mind will help make your next meeting with a house inspector less intimidating. If you’re ready to schedule a home inspection, contact our office today!