If I’m not selling, why is a home inspection needed?
Your home is a living, breathing entity that requires loving care and maintenance to keep it in top shape and functioning at its best. There are many parts of the structure and operating systems in your home that age and require maintenance over time, so even if you are not planning to sell your home, here are some of the benefits of having a home inspection done.
1. Get the unbiased truth
The job of a home inspector is to provide an inspection that informs the client of any potential issues with the home or commercial building. They work for you, and because they only provide inspections, you know that the information will be credible and come from an objective perspective. For instance, a home inspector will tell you the condition of your roof, the plumbing and electrical, and HVAC system. Some reports will also inspect your well and septic system. When the inspection is complete, you’ll know the current state of your home and what needs to be fixed. Home inspectors do not make any of the repairs, so the information that is provided will be the impartial truth. However, we can provide repair consulting to clients who wish to have us oversee contractors work on inspections findings.
2. Maintenance – To defer or not to defer
Knowing what needs to be fixed is important because it allows you to make repairs before they become a major issue or expense. For instance, the HVAC system’s inspection can identify a minor repair that you can take care of now and avoid a costly repair in the future. Knowing the condition of your roof can help you time and budget the cost of a roof replacement. It can make a big difference in your budgeting if you know whether you have one, five, or ten years before you will need to invest in a new roof.
An inspection will also tell you the electrical system’s condition and identify any wiring or electrical panel issues. They’ll inspect the plumbing system and identify any leaks or other issues.
Basically, the inspection report give you detailed information about what systems and parts of the home or building’s structure require maintenance. For homeowners, the inspection report can be used as a “honey-do” list for deferred maintenance. For commercial property owners, the inspection report can be a tool to budget and forecast minor and major repairs and maintenance and manage the scheduling and timing of these repairs.
If you are planning to refinance, it will be a good idea to have a home inspection report done so any repair and deferred maintenance issues can be addressed before the appraisal is completed. This gives your time to make repairs, and you can provide the inspection report to the appraiser along with any repair bills to accompany the appraisal report.
Knowledge is Power! Knowing what needs to be repaired or when a home system will have to be replaced allows you to make informed decisions about routine maintenance and budget for future expenses. If you plan to refinance your home, you can take care of any deferred maintenance that could bring a lower appraisal. Benefits of having an inspection of your home or business condition will pay for itself in the long run and keep your property looking and functioning at its best!
Pillar Premier Inspections provides home and commercial property inspections in Lake of the Ozarks, Springfield, and throughout the Central Missouri area. We offer a variety of inspection services, including mold testing, septic system and well inspections, and more. Our decades of custom home building experience combined with our knowledge of home and commercial inspection separates us from the competition.
Call us today! Lake of the Ozarks (573) 363-5511, or Springfield (417) 893-0770.