The Importance of Regular Property Inspections
Property inspections are often left to when owners are gearing up to sell, but they should be an important and scheduled part of your annual maintenance. From helping to avoid expensive disasters to letting you have peace of mind when you're unsure about your foundation or electrical system, there's nothing like a property inspection to change everything.
These are the most important tips to keep in mind and why this task should be added to your spring cleaning to-do list.
1. Save Yourself From Expensive Mistakes
Many people avoid making any changes to their property unless they know something's wrong. Unfortunately, it's hard for most homeowners to know when something's wrong without a professional's insight.
What is a weephole in brick? How can you tell if your foundation is failing? If you don't know the signs of a cracked foundation or dangerous warning signals that you have black mold in your home, you might accidentally overlook these massive issues. Instead of finding out when the problem gets to its worst and most expensive, you can nip it in the bud and take care of it early.
2. Keep On Top of Maintenance
Maintenance is something no homeowner wants to think about, but everyone has to deal with it. From the cost of keeping up with your lawn work to making sure your siding, roofing, and other areas of your home are secure and in good shape, there's a lot of maintenance that goes into the average home.
If you forget to take care of something or aren't aware of a problem (most homeowners don't change out their filters as often as they should), then you could find yourself in massive trouble. Having a property inspection is like being graded on your homework: these professionals will help you keep your property in A+ condition.
3. Improve Property Value Over Time
Although property values skyrocketed in the early 2020s, the prices have slowed down, and many owners are anxious to find a way to keep theirs up. Getting to know what you can do to improve your property and keep it market-ready is vital if you want to stay competitive.
Thankfully, a property inspection will give you the chance to boost the apparent and actual value of your home based on the details the professional gives you. Instead of having to scramble in the two months before you sell your home, you can work slowly over time to create a masterpiece of a property.
4. Relieve the Stress of Not Knowing
When we don't keep up with our properties, it's easy to catch ourselves worrying about the unknown areas of them. When was the last time you saw your home's crawl space? What type of insulation is in your attic? What are the best screws for decking boards?
There are hundreds of ways a property can go wrong and only one option when it comes to getting everything right. Instead of guessing, work with a professional who can take on the thorough task of checking each inch of your home.
5. Get Advice On Improving Issues
Sometimes, the advice you get isn't what you expect. If your yard has lots of standing water, you might immediately think of putting in drains, but what about also installing landscape drainage grates to stop those from getting clogged?
A professional inspector will be able to discuss what your property has going for it and what changes you can make that will help create the largest impact.
6. Understand What’s Beyond Your Capabilities
When you consider what you need to update, you might think it's far easier than it actually is. If you realize a wall has water damage and you want to fix it yourself, you may simply repair the outermost layer of the wall.
This could leave you open to endless problems and can cause mold and rot to grow within your walls if the source of the problem isn't treated. A good inspection will let you know what could have caused the moisture and will help you realize when you need to seek the help of full-fledged repairmen instead of attempting to DIY it.
7. Easier to Sell When It’s Time
When you're ready to sell, you don't want to have to trudge through 20 years of updates just to make the bare minimum of what your home is worth. Having regular property inspections will give you the chance to keep your property constantly up to date. This means you can sell at any time without stress, that you get to enjoy your home while it's updated, and that your return on investment will be worth it when you finally sell.
Have Your Property Inspected Sooner Rather Than Later
When you're ready to boost your property's value, it's time to stop and get an inspection. Having these performed regularly will keep your home as competitive as possible.
Sam Willis is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise in residential and commercial real estate, as well as engineering and construction. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys spending time with his wife and researching real estate trends in his free time. Sam’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisor, a construction industry resource site.