This type of home inspection will help to prioritize a home improvement list, and to hopefully find out about small problems before they turn into big ones. In some cases, it can reveal that what was thought to be a small problem has already turned into a big one.
During a home maintenance inspection, a licensed inspector checks out all the main systems of your home – roof, walls, foundation, HVAC, electrical, plumbing – and notes anything that might be starting to malfunction.
Often, a good inspector can see the little signs that something is starting to go wrong: small cracks, uneven wearing, or even just appliances such as water heaters reaching the eventual end of life. They can also remind you of the regular maintenance you should be doing on your house.
Like an annual physical, a maintenance inspection can catch issues early and give you the peace of mind of a clean bill of health.
What occurs during a home maintenance inspection
Similar to a pre-purchase inspection, your inspector will walk you through the home, showing you what was found and explaining what it means. This is a great time to ask questions and get clarifications. Your home inspector will point out things you should be doing regularly to keep all of your home’s systems functioning in tiptop shape.
Afterwards, you get a written report detailing everything the inspector found. Think of it as an itemized punch list to address whenever you choose.
Items checked during a home maintenance inspection
- roof system, including the chimney & all roof penetrations;
- gutters & downspouts;
- grading & drainage;
- walkways & driveway;
- garage doors, safety sensors & openers;
- exterior cladding;
- deck, stoops, porches & railings;
- windows & doors;
- attic, insulation & ventilation;
- heating system;
- cooling system;
- plumbing system;
- drainage sump pump with accessible float;
- electrical system;
- fireplace damper door & hearth;
- ceilings, floors & walls;
- basement, foundation & crawlspace;
- and much more!
If you have a problem with your home that you want to get to the bottom of, you want help prioritizing repairs, would like to know the overall condition of your house, or you want to receive an unbiased opinion on home improvements, contact us to conduct a maintenance inspection.