Most people know it’s a good idea to get a home inspection when they’re buying a home. But what about a home that you already own?
Your first reaction might be “I don’t want to know!” But when it comes to home maintenance, ignorance is not bliss. A maintenance inspection is a really good idea to have if it’s been a while since your last inspection. Here are five good reasons to schedule a maintenance inspection for your home:
- 1. Protect your investment. If not taken care of timely, minor home repair issues can easily become major ones. For instance, a small leak left undetected can lead to extensive mold and/or water damage that could cost thousands of dollars to remediate. An inspection can catch issues like these before they turn into major problems.
- 2. Head critter damage off at the pass. Your home is an attractive shelter to all sorts of animals, such as insects, rodents, squirrels, or raccoons. It doesn’t take long for a determined critter to make itself at home, which may include activities such as ripping out insulation, chewing wires, or even eating away at the structural parts of your home. The presence of animals isn’t always obvious; a certified home inspector is trained to look for the tell-tale signs of infestation so you can address the issue before the damage gets out of hand.
- Budget wisely. All homes will need maintenance work done sooner or later. It can be challenging to know how best to spend your maintenance budget. A home inspection can help you determine exactly what needs to be done now, and what can wait. That way, you can budget right for your home and avoid spending money you don’t need to.
- Avoid maintenance emergencies. When something gives out in your home, it rarely happens at a convenient time. And with so many older homes in Marquette, Negaunee, and other areas of the UP, there are lots of things that could go wrong. Your home inspection can help reveal any major issues, giving you time to address them at your convenience and avoid costly surprises.
- Keep your family safe and healthy. Home injuries result in 21 million medical visits each year. The five leading causes of injury in the home include falls, poisoning, fires and burns, choking and suffocation, and drowning. Your home inspector can point out situations in your home that could lead to injury, such as faulty electrical boxes, trip hazards, or poorly installed appliances. If you suspect the presence of mold or radon in your home, or if you are concerned about water quality, you can request these add-ons to your inspection for additional peace of mind.
Your home is one of the most important investments that you’ll ever make. It’s not just a valuable piece of property, but also where you and your family spend the majority of your time. Doesn’t it make sense to make sure you know what is going on in your home?
Contact Us for a Maintenance Inspection
If your home has not been inspected recently, we recommend starting with a regular maintenance inspection for your home. This is a thorough inspection similar to those performed for home buyers and sellers. The maintenance inspection should reveal major issues in your home that you may need to address. After that, it’s a good idea to schedule an annual home inspection as a regular preventive measure. This affordable check-up will build on your prior inspections and provide peace of mind for a safe and healthy home. If you have any questions about home maintenance inspections, reach out to us at (906) 360-3879 or contact us here. Or, schedule your maintenance inspection here.
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