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Do you remember your inspection when you purchased your house?... Maybe you didn't have one....
Does your house have nagging little issues that just can't seem to get resolved? You have contractors in, but they just treat the symptoms.... It's like calling a surgeon for a hang nail.
Contractors look at the issue and fix the problem. Never seeking to diagnose the underlying issue of what caused the problem. Treating the symptom. You blame the contractor for not "fixing" the problem. It's not their fault. They fixed your symptom. Like the surgeon that removed your toe because of the hang nail. Treated the symptom.
A home inspector is like your general practitioner. He looks at the whole subject. Looking for those little problems that are causing the big issue, the symptom. Think of the home inspector as your generalist. Someone who looks at the whole home, looking for that true cause of the symptom.
"I have lived in my house for 20 years. Why do I need a home inspection?"
Good question, no, great one. Most home owners are just that owners. They live in their home wondering why the wallpaper peels off the master bath every 2 years or so. Wondering why ice dams form on the north side of their home. Never really knowing why it is so damp in the basement.
A home inspection can identify important safety issues. Decks installed incorrectly can collapse with out notice. A roof that is getting up in age. Windows that are less than energy efficient. Sloppy electrical work can lead to fire or shock.
Electrical Safety Issues
The picture at the right was found in a basement of a home after a contractor added a French door to the room above. An electrical outlet was in the way. So, the contractor just cut the wires and stuffed them in the basement and connected them together. This "junction" is only inches from the heating pipes. These pipes are copper, a good conductor of electricity. If the live wire comes in contact with the pipe, the entire heating system of the house could become electrically charged. Wiring connections are required to be made in approved junction boxes to prevent shock and fire hazard. By the way, the door installation was inspected by a building inspector. He didn't look down stairs in the basement.
Oil Burner Hazard
This oil burner was dripping oil on to the floor. The home owner placed a paper towel under it to "catch the oil". The owner did not realize that this was a fire safety hazard. A heating contractor repaired the leak in 10 minutes. Just a loose fitting.
Benefits of a Home Inspection
Having a home inspection can help diagnose these troubling issues. How often should you get a medical physical? Experts say once a year. How often should you have a home inspection? Most likely every 5 years or so. A home inspector can find issues and problems long before they become expensive symptoms.
The home inspector can work with the home owner to develop a "punch list" of repair or maintenance items. Plan those expenses now and there won't be sticker shock when it come time to replace the component. Replacing a roof can run $5000 or more. If a roof fails, and the decking or structure below is effected by rain or snow, the repair may cost double or more. Budget the $5000, and have the roof replaced before it fails. It's money in the bank!
A well maintained house will retain it's value. In today's market, your home may be your most important investment. Keep your home in tip-top shape.
Benefits of a Cedar Hill Home Inspection for a Home Owner
Our Home Inspection for home owners is detailed and thorough, just like our buyers or sellers inspection. We can add well and water quality testing, radon, termite inspections, etc. For details on our inspections click here.
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