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Should You Have Your Present Home Inspected

Updated on June 19, 2015
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Why Home Inspect Your Current Home?

Everyone knows that it’s a good idea to arrange to have a home inspection performed on a home they are thinking of buying, but many haven’t thought of having their current home inspected. Homeowners can benefit from having a home inspection of their current home.

Over time, things wear out and weather. A home inspector can come in and inspect your current home and let you know if there are any issues with it. If you have wondered about air quality or mould in your home, they can help you learn more about that.

If you didn’t have your home inspected before you bought it, you may wonder if there is anything wrong with it that might affect you in the future. Bringing in a professional can put your fears to rest. If there are issues, you can look into fixing them before it is too late.


What a Home Inspector Does

A home inspector is trained to walk through a home and spot deficiencies. They will often start outside by climbing up on the roof to check for any unsoundness and ways water can enter the home. They’ll also look around the foundation to check for cracks.

They will often be able to check inside walls to look for moulds and wiring issues. They will be able to check your electrical systems to see if they are safe. The piece of mind you gain from this inspection will be well worth the cost.

If you have a porch or deck, the inspector will check it for safety, and see how it is fastened to the house and whether that poses a risk to either structure. Home inspectors are experts in all areas of construction and can inspect your carpentry, plumbing and electrical systems. Sometimes contractors who do work either leave things sloppy, or aren’t experienced enough to know how to install things properly. A home inspector can point these issues out so you can get them fixed.


Understanding the Inspection

Find a home inspector that is licensed for your area and comes with good reviews from other customers. You’ll want to find someone you feel comfortable with and can trust. Most home inspectors are very good at what they do and will provide you with a lot of insight.

Ideally walk around with them while they perform the inspection so you can ask any questions you may have. After the inspection, the inspector will provide you with a detailed description of what they found and whether they think it will be a long term issue for your home. If you have any questions about this report, they are usually very willing to chat with you until you fully understand it.

Even if you currently own a home and have no plans of moving, a home inspection can be a good investment. You’ll be able to find out whether your home is safe and be able to improve it.

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