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When to Inspect Your Home

November 2nd, 2010

Home inspection can be done for a variety of reasons. Either you might do it as a form of preventive maintenance to preserve your house in a good condition. Or you might want to locate some of the areas that need repairs in your house. Or else, you might want to inspect the house if you are planning to sell it to a good buyer. You can do the inspection yourself if you know what to look for. Otherwise, you can find and hire a qualified home inspector to do a thorough job for you.

When you wish to put up your house for sale, you need to remember that the any defects or damages in the structure can considerably lower the value of the house. You therefore need to inspect the house thoroughly and find every small detail that requires maintenance and correct the problems immediately. This will help you get a much better price for the house.

Some of the areas that need to be inspected would include:the foundation of the building; the structural stability of the house; the house plumbing; the electrical systems and wiring; the heating and cooling systems; the roof and gutter system; the basement and the attic; the roof and wall insulation; the walls, floors, and ceilings; the porch, patio or deck; the plumbing in the bathroom and kitchen; the water heaters; the lights and sockets in the different rooms; the windows and doors in the house.

All houses have most or all of the different systems mentioned above. It is extremely essential to check carefully every single system in the house. Overlooking any fault could cost you a lot in repairs at a later date. A defective building would also lower the purchase cost considerably.

Inspecting the house is only the first part of the work. All the areas that need repairs should be marked and qualified professionals should do the repairs. You need to get contractors who can guarantee the quality of their work. If there are any regions that need a total overhaul, you can tear down a portion of the structure and remodel it completely.

You need to spend some time to locate an inspector who have a good reputation and is accredited. His/her help might be expensive, but the quality of their work will help you to save a lot of time and money in the long run.

I am a DIY freelance writer and I cover the construction industry. I specialize in writing about construction companies that stand out in quality workmanship and taking care of the customer in today’s market. Whether it begins with a Naperville siding or a Chicago gutter project I know firsthand that a great construction experience must begin with a great independent contractor.

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