Home Maintenance Inspections

Most people only address issues with their home when they become a major problem. But, did you know that by performing routine regular maintenance on your home you can not only keep it in good working order but help avoid costly repairs. By having your home inspected on a annual basis you will be able to prioritize your annual maintenance and help prevent some of the costly mistakes many homeowners make by not performing general maintenance.

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Thinking about selling your home?

Did you know that keeping your home properly maintained will not only help it show better when you decide to sell it, but often times will help it sell faster and for more money. This is because most home buyers will get a home inspection that will not only identify any major defects but will also point out items of deferred maintenance.

Though these are considered maintenance type items, they often give the potential home buyer a sense that the home has not been taken care of which typically leads to them either walking away from the deal, or wanting to renegotiate the terms of the purchase.

What does a Home Maintenance Inspection entail?

In general a home maintenance inspection is very similar to a home buyer's inspection, however there are some differences. For example, the inspector will not inspect the appliances in the home, as the homeowner is aware of the current condition of them, such as burners not working on the stove, or a faulty ice maker in the refrigerator, however the inspector will inspect the installation of the appliances.

How often should you have a Home Maintenance Inspection?

Generally it is a good practice to have your home inspected annually. The reason annually is recommended is that a professional home inspector is not only trained to identify existing problems in your home, but to also identify potential issues that can lead to problems in your home. Another reason would be that problems in a home can occur rather quickly and the sooner they are discovered, often times the cheaper they are to have repaired.

Maintenance Items

  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Check the exterior drainage.
  • Check driveway/pavement for cracks.
  • Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc.
  • Check trees for interference
    with electric lines.
  • Inspect plumbing for leaks,
    clean aerators on faucets.
  • Clean out window wells of debris.
  • Check and clean dryer vent,
    other exhaust vents to exterior of home.
  • Flush your water heater and remove sediment.
  • Get chimney cleaned, if you have one.
  • Test sump pump.
  • Tighten any handles, knobs, racks, etc.
  • Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows.
  • Check caulking around showers and bathtubs; repair as needed.
  • Remove shower-heads and clean sediment.
  • Regularly inspect and change or clean your Furnace Filter
  • Regularly inspect and change or clean your Humidifier Filter
  • Regularly inspect and change or clean any other filters

While this list is certainly extensive, it’s not a complete list of all the things you can do for your home.

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