Most potential home buyers and real estate agents know that a home inspection is a critical step when purchasing a new home. Home inspections can uncover many problems that could be detrimental to your next investment, such as mold, water damage, or uneven floors. But what about your current investment?
Many people do yearly maintenance on their vehicles, but when was the last time your home was given a thorough inspection? Home inspections do not have to be done in conjunction with the home buying process, but routine home inspections may help you spot problems and tackle them before they become more significant.
What Should I Expect with a Home Inspection?
Home inspections are a visual examination of the structure and systems of the home, from roof to foundation. While inspectors and home size vary, a typical home inspection can take 2-4 hours. They will look internally and externally for any findings and detail them in a report.
Homeowners should be present for the inspection as it explains the home inspector’s findings firsthand. A home inspection report should include:
- Any potential problems and their severity.
- Items that need a replacement or service.
- Areas of your home that are passable but need close monitoring.
On the exterior of your home, inspectors are looking at exterior walls for cracks or signs of foundation settlement. “Foundation and water problems are two of the biggest insurance risks, and if an inspector finds signs of damage, your home may be deemed uninsurable. This is why it is important to have a foundation expert do an inspection to help you prepare for insurers, learn about potential solutions, and secure your home,” said Tim Tracy, a sales trainer for Groundworks.
The roof and yard grading will also be inspected on the exterior of your home. It’s essential to view this area to ensure that precipitation is being effectively routed away from your home. Roof damage or improper yard drainage will guide water into the home instead of away and may cause foundation problems.
Inside the home, plumbing and electrical work are top priorities for inspection. They will look for visible leaks and check the water pressure. Inspectors will inspect the wiring and the electrical panels for any safety or fire hazards.
What Is Not Included in a Home Inspection?
While highly beneficial, professional home inspections cannot always identify everything that may be wrong on the property. Inspectors are looking for visual cues to problems but will not look behind walls or underneath the flooring, inside pipes or sewer lines, or behind electrical panels.
Inspectors are not experts on some of the issues they may discover. They may be able to identify an electrical problem, but they are not certified electricians that can provide an immediate solution. The same can be said about foundation damage, as a home inspection company cannot provide foundation solutions. You will have to call a licensed professional to find a permanent solution for your home.
Is a Home Inspection Worth the Investment?
According to research compiled by Angi, the average home inspection process ranges from $280 – $401, depending on location and square footage. Common problems found during inspections can cost thousands of dollars, and they only get more expensive over time. Catching a concern early is well worth the cost of a yearly home inspection cost.
Protect your biggest investment by giving your home the professional walk-through it deserves. Remember, if a home inspector finds foundation problems in your home, contact us immediately to keep your home secure!
Our Simple Process
1. Schedule Free Inspection
One of our contact center representatives will reach out to you to determine your problem and set the best time for one of our certified field inspectors to visit your home.
2. Consult with our certified inspector
Our certified field inspector will visit your home to observe the problems in your home and inspect other areas of your home that may have been impacted.
3. Installation of customized solutions
Our professional production crew installs patented, American-made solutions in each home with care and strives to leave the area better than we found it.