What Should You Expect During an Attic Inspection?

Bry'Ana Arvie
Written by Bry'Ana Arvie
Updated November 15, 2021
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Illuminate the dark corners of your attic with an inspection

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An unfinished attic is one of those areas that seems to serve little purpose to your home. But with an annual attic inspection, you can make this seemingly uninteresting space a place with a positive impact on your comfort levels—even if you’re not sitting up there. 

In this guide, we’ll cover why you need an attic inspection, what happens during one, and if you should call a home inspector for it.

What Is an Attic Inspection?

On the surface, it might seem that your attic’s main purpose is for storage purposes (hello, Christmas decor). But it serves a much bigger one, like ensuring your home is energy-efficient and that your roof has support. 

The purpose of an inspection is to ensure your attic is in top shape. Plus, it’ll help you identify any problem areas that need work. That’s why whether you’re looking to sell your home or just focusing on its upkeep, call a local home inspection company to inspect your attic at least once a year.

Who Should I Hire?

An experienced, licensed home inspector will know exactly what they’re looking for and identify any problems, where they might be coming from, and an action plan for you to follow. Plus, we highly recommend an official report if you’re getting ready to sell your home.

The average price of a professional attic inspection is $200 to $500. An additional perk of hiring a home inspector is they can also check other areas of your home while there.

Inspection Checklist

Here’s what you can expect from an attic inspection.

Insulation

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Your attic insulation plays a significant role in your home’s temperature and whether it’s energy-efficient. If you don’t have much insulation in your attic, you’re likely to experience hotter summers and colder winters and your HVAC system will have to work overtime to regulate the temperature. That can cost money. 

While poor insulation is more common in older houses, newer homes aren’t immune to it. That’s why during an attic inspection, an attic insulation contractor will recommend whether you need to add more insulation (and how much) or if you need to remove your existing insulation to install an entirely new set. The average attic insulation cost is $1,700 to $2,100.

Ventilation

Every room in your home needs proper ventilation, including your attic. But it’s difficult to tell how ventilated your attic is if you hardly go up there. One obvious sign you have poor airflow is stuffy, humid air. 

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Moisture tends to move upward from the walls and ceilings into the attic. If it lacks proper ventilation, all the humidity throughout your home will linger up there, which can cause mold, rust, ice dams, wood damage, and other costly issues if left unattended. 

A pro will check if you have enough vents to remove all the moisture. They’ll also see which attic vent type is best, if the space is free from any obstructions like debris and objects, and ensure it isn’t a breeding ground for pests.

Leaks

Whether it’s from a roof, chimney, vents, or attic appliances, water damage can lead to stains, mold, wood rot, and insulation damage. An inspector will assess the situation and let you know what your next course of action should be.

Pests

Attic inspections will also tell you if you have more house occupants than intended. No one wants pests or rodents in their home, but these unwelcome guests can get in through an unknown entrance in your attic and make it their home. 

An inspector will search for common signs they’re present, like droppings, nests, damaged insulation, and dead insects. With an inspection, you’ll be able to catch and eliminate the problem before it spreads.

Structural Damage

A pro will also check for structural damage to the wooden trusses, rafters, and overall framing. If they notice anything warped or bowed, they’ll recommend a repair or replacement.

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