Over time, a little wear and tear is a natural process. Some people notice it on the tennis court and others shortly after buying a new car.
It should come as no surprise that the some effects are at work on the structures we construct, whether they’re skyscrapers industrial buildings or even our homes.
After years of exposure to sun, wind and rain, systems in a home can wear out, dry up, and peel away. A periodic home inspection can help identify these and other signs of stress and deterioration in a home, helping homeowners address problems at an earlier stage.
For this reason, home inspections can be considered part of a regular and on—going home maintenance plan. The inspector can point out repair problems that need or will soon need to he addressed, as well as possible safety issues that homeowners need to consider. For example a small water stain detected by a home inspector new is much easier to attend to than a major leak and extensive damage found later:
What are some of those other “small” items that a home inspector may detect? Because of the thoroughness of their examination, home inspectors may spot caulking that has separated or dried out from sun, climate damage or age. They may find window seals that leak, compromised roof flashing defective or missing ground-fault interrupters, siding issues or tuck—pointing problems. The list goes on, because of the extensive nature of a home inspection checklist.
A home inspection will include an examination of these systems:
Heating and air conditioning systems Plumbing
Roof, attic, and visible insulation
Walls, ceilings, and floors
Windows and doors
Foundation structural components
In addition the exterior home site, building foundation, insulation quality, garage and interior condition of the home will be reviewed and inspected.