Home inspections are often considered to be a one-and-done service. You learn what you need to before you purchase your home—getting an idea of anything and everything that is wrong with it. However, after many years of living securely in your home, things can wear down and no longer function as well as they once did and may require attention—if it is not too late.
In some cases, you may have warning signs that something isn’t right, like water stains appearing on your roof indicating a leak. Other times, the signs are not obvious or go unnoticed. It is in these cases where the most damage can occur to your home.
How To Know If Your Home Is At Risk
In order to ensure the safety of your home, yourself, and your family there are a few things you can and should do.
- Perform Routine Home Maintenance. Seems simple enough but even skipping small tasks can lead to a buildup of potential issues. For example, not cleaning your gutters can lead to poor drainage from your roof and eventually, water damage that spreads into your home. Staying on top of your homeowner-to-do’s will cut down the risk of damage to your home. Check out our detailed Homeowner’s Maintenance Checklist.
- Fix It When You Find It. If, during your routine maintenance and inspections you discover an issue, then it is vital to tackle the repair as soon as possible. A small leak can be repaired, the area dried out, and the area restored if damage occurred; however, if left to get worse, then that small leak could lead to extensive damage to the drywall, floor, wood framing, furniture, and—worse—can and will lead to a massive mold problem within the walls of your home. Also, any damage caused to your home by a known or obvious issue could be denied coverage by your homeowner’s insurance.
- Have A Professional Inspection. You don’t necessarily need a full inspection like you did before you bought the place, but an overall inspection of the property by the trained eye of a home inspector will provide you with a renewed look of the overall condition on your home. Plus, as we do for our home inspections, our annual maintenance inspections also come with a recommended course of action that details not only what is wrong and needs fixed but also the priority of your repair list.