Spring is getting closer and while you’re preparing to get that spring cleaning done, make sure you’re ready for a Spring Home Inspection. If you’re not familiar with the concept, a home inspection is a visual review of a home’s structure and system from top to bottom. Or rather, from roof to foundation. Spring is the ideal time to have these inspections completed as it is after the harsh Winter weather which can do a great deal of damage to a house, but before the Summer heat and humidity make outdoor activities difficult. Even if you’re not planning to put your home on the market anytime soon, an inspection can help to identify potential issues before they become bigger problems. There is no “failing” when it comes to a home inspection, but there are a few spots to keep an eye on when having an exam:
- Roof – Home inspectors will look for missing or dislocated shingles and nails that appear to be “popping” when examining your roof. These issues can lead to costly leaks so it is best to take care of them before the heavy rains of spring.
- Chimney – Chimney flashing that is warped or deteriorated can also potentially lead to leaks. Be sure, when having your examination, that the inspector takes a close look at the flashing in addition to making certain there are no loose or misplaced bricks.
- Gutters – It may seem like a no-brainer, but it still warrants repeating that it’s important to keep gutters clean from debris. Check your gutters at least once a month to ensure they are draining properly and have home inspectors take a look for any cracks or dripping water that may indicate a problem.
- Windows – Even after the harsh winter, it’s important to make certain that your window’s caulking and weather stripping is intact. Also, condensation on your window panels can indicate that the seals have gone bad and are in need of repair so be sure to have a professional take a look at them.
- Attic – Remember to have the insulation in your attic checked during an inspection. Be on the lookout for blackish areas and disturbed insulation as they could be signs of insects and animals lurking your attic.
While the thought of completing a home inspection yourself may be tempting, it’s a task that is best left to the professionals. Expert home inspectors are familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation methods, maintenance, and home safety. Additionally, a professional home inspector will know how the home’s systems and components are intended to function as well as have solutions to potential problems that could be spotted during an exam.