The most common cause of failure with a home is a lack of maintenance. This is also the most common reason for insurance claims to be denied. We can help you prevent this by providing an annual maintenance inspection and report. This gives you a maintenance record that is always available to refer back too in the event of a failure or loss. We look at 6 major points of the home. These are the Roof, Exterior, HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and Ventilation Systems. These are the main areas of a home that can develop issues that are not always apparent to the owner and should be regularly checked by a professional.
With our maintenance inspections we locate and flag the areas that need attention the most. So no spending money on a HVAC system and then having your roof fail and worrying about how to pay for it. We will tell you what to expect to replace and what kind of budget you should expect. Also, we have a list of preferred partners who will help you make the repairs. This service is designed to save you money in the long run!
After our maintenance inspection we will sit down with you and go over all of the details of the inspection. We will help you develop a maintenance plan that looks at the long-term goals of your home. We will look one, three, five up to 20 years out and help you plan your maintenance around that!
Please enjoy this article from Realtor.com in regards to maintenance inspections and how often you should do them.
A home maintenance inspection will clear up any concerns you have about the health of your house. Worried your roof has been compromised, or your foundation is a little worse for wear? A home maintenance inspection gives you a full picture of any below-the-radar repairs that need to be completed before you put your home up for sale.
So whether you're contemplating moving or simply want to know if the systems in your home are working properly, an inspection can be a huge benefit. To learn the ins and outs of a home maintenance inspection, continue to our overview below.
What is a home maintenance inspection? A home maintenance inspection is just like the inspection you get before you buy a home, except that you do it with no intention of selling the place, explains Frank Lesh, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
A licensed inspector checks out all the main systems of your home—roof, walls, foundation, HVAC, electrical, plumbing—and flags anything that might be starting to malfunction.
"You might not even notice a problem," says Lesh. But sometimes, a good inspector can see the little signs that something is starting to go: small cracks, uneven wearing, or even just appliances such as water heaters and boilers reaching the eventual end of their lives. They can also remind you of the regular maintenance you should be doing on your house.
Like an annual physical, a maintenance inspection can catch issues early and give you the peace of mind of a clean bill of health.
"It's a way to keep little problems from turning into big problems," says Lesh.
What happens during a home maintenance inspection?
Just like at a pre-purchase inspection, your inspector will walk you through the home, showing you what was found and explaining what it means. You should have a chance to ask questions or get clarifications, and usually the inspector will point out things you should be doing regularly to keep all of your home's systems functioning in tiptop shape.
Then, in a few days, you'll get a written report detailing everything the inspector found. Only in this case, instead of asking the seller to fix or pay for the things on your list, you're the one in charge of tackling the to-do list. Think of it as an itemized punch list to address whenever you choose.
Do you need a home maintenance inspection?
"Every three to five years, you should have a home inspector come out and do a maintenance inspection," says Lesh. "Like changing your furnace filter, you should do it before it gets so bad [that it becomes] a problem."
Response from Our Team:
We actually recommend in Florida to have this done every year. Due to the extreme temperatures and humidity that we get, wood rot and other forms of mold and deterioration can happen more quickly here. Mold can start to grow within 48 hours of a water leak and can be hidden for quite a while before discovery. So waiting for several years can be detrimental in our environment!
Another advantage of a home maintenance inspection is that the inspector provides an unbiased opinion. You'll want the person inspecting your home to not have any skin in the game, especially if the pro is evaluating things that are expensive to repair (e.g., your roof or foundation).
If you do suspect something is in disrepair, it's wise to call in a home maintenance inspector before a repair company. "I'm not saying repair people are dishonest, but they have a vested interest in getting work, so you have to take what they say with a grain of salt," says Lesh.
"A home inspector isn't trying to sell you anything ... and isn't going to make any money off doing the repairs," says Lesh. "All we have to sell is the truth."
Who conducts the inspection and how much does it cost?
Any inspector who does pre-purchase inspections will be qualified to do a maintenance inspection. It's exactly the same process as before a sale, only with a slightly different purpose, so the cost will also be the same.
Prices vary depending on the area and size of the home, but the average range is $200–$400. Considering the fee for electrical, foundation, or roof repairs can be three to four times higher, that's a pretty great deal. When it comes down to it, a home maintenance inspection is a cost-effective way to keep your home in tiptop shape.
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Below you will find more information on the systems that we look at and what we are looking for.
Roof Maintenance Inspection
During our maintenance inspection portion we look at seven (7) points of the roof for failure. We look at the installation of the shingles for proper nailing, storm damage and deterioration. This usually indicates a roof leak somewhere. We look at the flashing in the valleys and to ensure there is no debris gathering in the valley that may block water flow. We look at the counterflashings on the walls and the kick outs to ensure proper functioning. We look at the pipe flashings for signs of deterioration. We look at any skylights. We check the ventilation system to ensure proper venting and there is no blockage or excessive heat build up.
Plumbing Maintenance Inspection
In this portion of our maintenance inspection we look for active leaks in the sytem. We inspect for corrosion on the fixtures, fittings and main lines. We do not test the water or pressure. We look at the water heater and main shut offs for proper operation.
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Condition) Maintenance Inspection
In this portion of our maintenance inspection we look at all the lines coming from and going to the AC system for leaks or corrosion. We pull the filters and inspect for corrosion on the A coils. We look at the condensing unit for deterioration and other signs of failure. We also look to see if there is any mold growths on the A-Coils.
Electrical Maintenance Inspection
We look at the breakers with a thermal camera for hot spots and signs of overloading. We check the breakers to ensure they are operating properly and shutting off the current. We check the main cut-offs and the service entry for any defects or deterioration.
Exterior Maintenance Inspection
We look at the exterior wall covering for signs of deterioration or storm damage. We look for wood rot on the trims and exterior openings. We look at the structure for any cracks or signs of failures.
Ventilation System Maintenance Inspection
This is probably the most important system in your home and one of the most neglected. We look to ensure the soffit vents are clear and freely flowing. We calculate the proper free ventilation area for your home and ensure the home meets the minimum standards. We look to see that the roof vents are open and adequate to vent the attic spaces. If there are gable vents we check the operation of those. We check the operation of any attic or crawlspace fans.