Home Maintenance Inspections
The Value of a Maintenance Inspection
Kollias Property Inspections, Inc. recommends that you receive a Home Maintenance Inspection every two years after you have closed on your property. For about the cost of a basic automotive tune-up, a Home Maintenance Inspection can help identify problems and damage in your home before they become an expensive or irreversible threat to your fiscal and physical well-being.
Much like a buyer-seller inspection, a Home Maintenance inspection is a visual examination of your home’s systems, mechanicals and structure. Everything from the roof to the basement is inspected to ensure that they are in proper working order. Any defects or damage will be noted in our Home Inspection Damage Report.
Keep in mind that a Home Maintenance Inspection does not prevent further damage to your property, but it can help you to identify and correct existing damage that you may not know about. Our Home Maintenance Inspections are not an appraisal inspection and cannot help you to determine the value of your property (but it can help you maintain its value). A Home Maintenance Inspection is not a code inspection and does not provide you with a pass or fail score. You simply cannot fail.
An Important Note:
A Home Maintenance Inspection is not a guarantee, warranty or prediction of future performance but can pinpoint existing problem areas for you to act upon.
Some Myths About Home Maintenance Inspections
During a recent survey, the number one reason that homeowners don’t get their homes periodically inspected is simply because they aren’t aware that the service is available outside of the real estate transaction period. In fact “Home Maintenance Inspections”, have always been available, just haven’t been marketed by real estate agents or professional home inspection companies–And the reason is!
First, home sellers and buyers were lead to believe that the only time they should be concerned about the health and safety of a property is when an initial financial transaction is occurring, such as when the property is being purchased or sold. Every month that you own your home you are making a financial transaction. You make a mortgage payment, pay utility bills etc, so if you are going to make these payments then wouldn’t you want the assurance you aren’t paying these sums of money into an investment that is falling apart? Of course, yet millions of people do just that because of a simple disbelief.
Second, many homeowners do not get a home maintenance inspection because they are of the belief that the home inspector will find thousands-of-dollars of damage that could cause a financial strain if fixed. Keep in mind that whatever the home inspector may find, you need to know the condition of your home. The home inspector cannot force you to fix anything, nor can they condemn your property. The inspection is simply to supply you with knowledge about your home, and knowledge is power. Still, most homeowners are pleasantly surprised that their home inspection discovers the kind of damage that often can be repaired for only a few dollars before such damage grows worse, and costs run into the thousands of dollars, for you the homeowner.