Annual Maintenance Checkup
As homeowners, home condition is always at the forefront of our minds. Not only do I want to protect one of the most significant investments I make in a lifetime, but I also want the space to be safe for the entire family. There comes a time, after being in a home for several years, when I start wondering about the health of our home.
Does that crack in the foundation mean there is a bigger problem? What about those shingles I saw flapping in the wind the other day? I know I heard something in that attic of ours, but do I really want to know what it is?
One way to solve all the mysteries is to get a home maintenance checkup. These are not just a good idea for peace of mind, they can be helpful if you’re planning to sell your home in the near future. This kind of inspection will allow you to make some repairs or adjustments before the home hits the market.
Defining Home Maintenance Checkup
This type of inspection is done, similar to the one you likely had done when you bought the home. This is an investigation to look for issues that you might not even know are a problem yet. Many people look at these inspections as preventative insurance to catch problems before they become something more costly or significant.
An inspector will look for wear and tear, cracking and leaks, appliance and mechanical issues, and so much more. This will give you a chance to ask more questions about some of the unknowns or get some confidence around how your home is withstanding the test of time.
The Benefits of a Home Maintenance Checkup
An inspector will be able to advise and reveal red-flag items before you find yourself in an emergency situation. They will be able to take their time in explaining why they make the suggestions they do and answer all of your follow-up questions. Some additional benefits of this sort of inspection include:
- You will get recommendations on how to care for specific elements in the home.
- You will get an unbiased opinion, rather than relying on a contractor quoting you for work you may not really need.
- This inspection can save you money from costly repairs later.
- An inspection like this will give you the whole look at your home in a report, rather than one company looking at one line item at a time.
A home maintenance inspection can be a great defense to a healthier, safer, and happier home. Place this inspection on your list every 3-5 years and make it a part of your regular home maintenance routine.