April is National Home Inspection Month. Home Inspections are critical!

A quality home inspection can be valuable and save you a lot of money later. For example, if you’re selling your home, a pre-listing inspection provides an opportunity to identify and make decisions about what repairs or updates you want to make before presenting your home to a possible buyer. This can add to the value of your home and allows you to enter in negotiations with self-confidence. This can provide you, the seller, with some peace of mind.

For most, your home is the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Home maintenance is important. Homeowners should get a home inspection every three to five years to avoid expensive repairs, identify problems and maintain their home’s viability. An inspection of the structural and mechanical systems will include the foundation, roof and gutters, exterior and interior walls, electrical wiring, plumbing, heating and central air conditioning systems.

If you’re remodeling or planning a major renovation, a renovation inspection can be done before and after the contracted work. This will give you the peace of mind that the work is well planned, executed, and done correctly.

Home Owners, First-time buyers and long-timers who want to “age in home,” homebuyers of a new home still under construction and parents concerned about the safety of their children all need home inspections by experienced professionals who will identify current or potential issues before they become serious problems.

If you plan to buy a home this year, you want to be sure it’s condition and functionality are in line with your lifestyle and plans for the building. All homes require some routine maintenance and most will go through some renovations or updates through their lifetime. Once you’ve found the home of your dreams, you want to know that it is the investment you think it is. A pre-purchase inspection is a good way to verify the house’s current conditions and develop a strategy for future maintenance.

In a nutshell, a home inspection can be priceless. It provides peace of mind. It’s relatively inexpensive. It uncovers safety issues. It can reveal possible pest and insect problems. It can find structural issues. It can forecast potential future expenses such as appliances, windows, roofing, A/C, electric, plumbing and heating systems. It can help with price negotiations and negotiating seller repairs. It can provide an “out.”

Equally as important as the purpose of a home inspection is the quality of the inspection. Working with an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector (CPI) is a customer’s best assurance of a thorough and professional inspection. To find a qualified inspector in your area, visit www.eagleengineer.com or call (865) 250-8983.

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