A home inspection can offer homeowners — not just homebuyers — expertise and peace of mind.
Most people know the benefit of hiring a professional home inspector to inspect a home that they are considering purchasing. But have you considered hiring a home inspector even though you have no plans to move? Check out what the knowledge and experience of a seasoned home inspector can offer homeowners.
1. Home maintenance inspections
Preventative maintenance is necessary in all areas of a home. If certain items are left unattended, major problems can occur. You can hire a home inspector to help check the following:
• Keep all exposed wood siding and trim well painted and caulked.
• Clean out the condensate drain from the air conditioning unit.
• Lubricate door locks.
• Remove moss buildup on asphalt shingle roofs.
A small amount of maintenance will help preserve your home.
Most home inspectors can provide a consultation service to identify areas of the home that are in need of preventative maintenance. Home inspectors who offer consultation services typically charge by the hour.
2. Home repair evaluations
Are you concerned with the way your last roof replacement or plumbing repair was completed? If so, then hiring a home inspector to provide an unbiased opinion of the repairs may be worthwhile.
A home inspector can provide documentation and photos of the repairs and point out any shortcuts that were taken or if the job was done to normal construction standards. If you have doubts about your latest repair project, then an unbiased and fair evaluation by a professional home inspector may help.
3. Home inspector expert witness services
If you have a complaint against a tradesperson and cannot reach a resolution, you may want the services of a home inspector before seeking legal action. Many home inspectors provide expert witness testimony that could provide considerable benefit if a complaint has to be legally resolved.
Usually the home inspector will inspect the areas of concern, provide written documentation and photos of the complaint and agree to act as an expert witness if the complaint cannot be worked out and must be heard in court. Inspectors that perform this service are usually very knowledgeable and advertise expert witness services on their websites.
4. A pre-listing home inspection
The pre-listing home inspection continues to gain in popularity. Knowing the conditions of the home that you own prior to putting it on the market can help in obtaining a fair marketable value. An inspection also provides the homeowner the opportunity to discover and make necessary repairs.
Many Realtors recommend having a pres-listing home inspection to present the home in the best marketable condition.
5. Additional home inspection services
Many home inspectors have added ancillary services that can be performed individually or combined with a home inspection. Radon testing, pool and spa inspections, energy audits, septic testing, water sampling and indoor air quality are among the services that may be available.
Some states require strict standards of practice for licensed home inspectors and some home inspection organizations require extensive experience and knowledge for members. In some areas of the country, no experience or standards have been set for the home inspection profession.
With that in mind, every homeowner should perform a diligent search, using trusted resources such as Angie's List, to determine the home inspector’s knowledge and experience before they hire.
Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on March 23, 2013.
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About this Experts Contributor: Alan Chase, owner of Chase Home Inspections in Knoxville, Tenn., has performed over 7,500 home inspections since 1987. When not inspecting homes, or remodeling his own home, Alan finds time to explore the beauty of East Tennessee.
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