What is a Home Maintenance Inspection?
As a homeowner, there will come a time when you notice something that needs to be repaired or replaced. Some of these problems are easy to notice right away but others may not be as obvious. Problems with your home can be detected during a routine home maintenance inspection.
Just as a buyer would order a home inspection before purchasing a property, a homeowner can hire a professional home inspector to examine their property for problems, defects, and safety concerns.
What Does This Inspection Cover?
A maintenance inspection is a thorough assessment of the entire property. Your home inspector will look at the foundation, the roof, and each level of your home. He or she will also inspect the exterior including the siding, the porch, and the grading and drainage around the property. A well-trained inspector knows how to find signs of problems within the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems.
After the inspection, the home inspector will give you a detailed report that lists each component and any problems or concerns found. With the information in this report, the homeowner can begin to outline a plan of maintenance to keep the house in great condition.
How Often Should I Have a Home Maintenance Inspection?
It is generally recommended to have your home inspected every 3 to 5 years. The home inspector will do a complete assessment of the property and will inform the homeowner of any problems found. Often the inspector will make recommendations about whether an item needs to be repaired or completely replaced.
How Much Will it Cost?
As with a regular home inspection, home maintenance inspections do not have a fixed price. The cost for this service varies depending on the location, age, and size of your home. With most properties, you can expect to pay between $350 and $650.
Many home inspectors also offer other specialized services, however, these services will likely incur additional costs. Talk to your inspector about testing for radon, looking for mold, and inspecting for termites and other wood-destroying insects.
To maintain your investment and boost property value, it’s important to keep your home in excellent condition. A home inspector will help you identify small problems early before they grow into major issues.