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Whether buying or selling a home, a home inspection can be an invaluable tool in assessing your investment. If you are selling a home, the strength of your house's structure can have a big impact on its value as time goes by. There are four major ways that you can boost your home's value.
The first way is to find the problems early. Every 2 to 3 years, hire a licensed home inspection company like us, to examine your home for existing or potential problems. As home inspectors, we will examine the roof and the basement for leaks and structural damage, check the foundation for cracks and moisture, and test heat and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical systems, built-in appliances, windows and doors, and check the insulation and ventilation, exterior and interior. A good inspector will cost you a few hundred dollars, but could save you thousands in the long run.
Next, you need to make regular upgrades. Replace your roof about every 15 years (depending on the type and external forces), check the gutter system every 6 months and make sure that it is in good repair, tighten screws connecting the guttering to the house, paint the house/trim every 5 years, and check soffit and fascia for any damage and make necessary repairs.
Water is a home's number one enemy. Watch for water collecting or standing. Moisture generally enters a home through cracks in the roof and foundation. During a heavy rain, it is suggested that you arm yourself with a flashlight and go into the attic to check for leaks. Same goes for a basement. If leaks are detected in a basement, the first step is to hire a certified waterproofing specialist to seal cracks.
Last but not least, change the scenery. Cut back all vegetation next to the house. Shrubs and the like can trap moisture and allow insects inside. Hire a certified arborist to cut back limbs that may be a risk to your roof during a storm. These few things can make all the difference in extending the life of your home and boosting its value.
Keeping permanent records of all maintenance will enhance the marketing of your home when the time comes to sell. Record a description of the work done, who performed the work or repairs, any permits required, the date, and finally the cost. Keep these records together in a folder or binder for easy access. When you are ready to sell, just pull out your folder or binder to show the potential buyer the special care that you have taken to maintain the home in prime condition.
If you are buying a home, you will want to have your potential investment inspected by a licensed home inspector. A home inspection consists of a visual, non-invasive examination of all of the accessible systems and components of the home. A good inspector will cover the areas listed above and provide a comprehensive and clear report to the client, complete with photos. It is to your benefit to be present at the time of the inspection, so that all of your questions and concerns can be addressed while at the home you are considering purchasing. Being able to see what the inspector is talking about and has recorded allows you the ability to ask the questions that are important to you, so that you can make a sound decision. A good home inspection will be able to give you the necessary information on the overall condition of the home.
Please contact us with any and all questions that you may have about home inspections.