When to Get a Home Inspection
You’ve purchased your new home! Congrats!! This is a huge a deal, especially if you’re a new home buyer!
It’s exciting to buy new furniture, possibly new appliances, decorating and many more rewarding feel-goods when you buy a new home.
Commonly, people don’t tell you about the hard parts of home ownership though, similar to having kids. It’s all fun and glorious until you’re on your 5th sleepless night and you’re wearing the same clothes for the 3rd day…
Okay, we might be over exaggerating!
However, home maintenance on your new home is something you should be prepared for and the point we want to get across is the importance of having your home inspected even after you’ve purchased your home.
Say what?? We’re telling you to get your home inspected more than once? Yes, yes we are and here’s why…
Getting your home inspected semi-regularly will ensure that you are keeping track of the maintenance your home needs as well as being made aware of any possible hazards.
You’re probably fully capable of inspecting your homes condition and spotting obvious maintenance issues that may arise. But, a professional home inspector will thoroughly examine your property from the roof to the foundation, and everything in between!
So, how often should you get a home inspection?
We’d say about every 5 years.
The inspector will look to see if your home, like roofing, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical fixtures, are in good condition and will work effectively for years to come. These inspections will help you keep your property maintained and safe.
What Parts Of My Property Should Be Inspected?
Your home will naturally age over the years. Having your home inspected every 5 years will help you maintain your homes condition and prepare you for any repairs or renovations you may have to make in the future.
When having your home inspected, emphasize structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing fixtures. If your home has a well and septic these should be checked regularly. Lastly, a pest inspection is always at the top of the list. Wood destroying organisms can be overlooked by the untrained eye and will cause serious structural issues.
How Long Does An Inspection Take?
You may feel reluctant to schedule regular home inspections because of the time it takes. Who wants to follow an inspector around their home while they point out problems with your home?
However, the time and investment in a home inspection could save you thousands of dollars and hours of time compared to what you may spend if you had a serious underlying problem with your home that was unseen.
So, how long does a home inspection take? A residential home inspection typically takes around 3 hours for the inspector to go through the entire house and test all fixtures.
We recommend that you attend the inspection so the inspector can explain their findings to you, however it’s not necessary. The home inspector can perform a home inspection without your presence and deliver the report and review anything with you at a time that is most convenient to you.