As a homeowner, a yearly home inspection is important for a number of reasons. For one, you want to make sure that your home is up to code and up to date on all its maintenance. If you let something go unnoticed or untreated for too long, it could turn into a bigger problem – a problem that could take some heavy construction and a serious withdrawal from your savings. When you do hire a home inspector to look at your home, you want to make sure that you are present at all times – this is important for a number of different reasons.
For one, you want to make sure that the home inspector is actually doing his or her job. Many home inspectors, especially ones that work for a city municipal service, will come through, take a look around, jot a few things down in a notepad and then be out the door in less than fifteen minutes. In some cases, they may not even go inside your home. So, you want to make sure that your housing inspector looks at everything and does a thorough top to bottom inspection.
It is also important to be present, because there could be a theft risk. While it is rare that a housing inspector will steal any items from your home – you never can be too careful. Many thefts are a result of service people seeing something they like in a client’s home and absconding with it. So, by sticking around, you can ensure that your belongings are safe. This can be especially important if you have firearms or medications in inside your home. The last thing you want is for someone to steal a pistol or rifle from your gun cabinet, because it could be used for illegal reasons – you don’t want the serial number to get traced back to you.
Next, you want to make sure that you are present, because the home inspector may tell you that your home needs something that it doesn’t need. In some cases, a housing inspector will tell a homeowner that he or she needs a new HVAC system or a new exterior paint job and then get someone they know to do the job. This is a scam perpetrated by many housing inspectors. This is the reason why you want to get a second opinion when it comes to exterior changes to your home. For instance, All-American Home Services Inc specializes in exteriors and will be able to tell you if you need a new paint job, roof, or siding.
Lastly, it is important to be present during your inspection, because you want to see first hand what the inspector is talking about when he or she points out inconsistencies. If you don’t see the problem the inspector points out to you, there will be less of likelihood that you will actually do something about it. However, if you see mold, water damage and other glaring issues, you will have more motivation to get certain issues fixed. It is your home, after all. In the end, seeing is believing when it comes to a housing inspection.