Home Inspections: Not Just for Buyers

When buying a home, ordering up a property inspection is just plain commonsense. But that’s not the only time you should consider calling in a professional to check out the condition and safety of buildings and
equipment.

For instance, if you plan to sell a home, calling in a professional who can pinpoint any structural problems or present you with a clean bill of health for your house could save you both time and money. How? If any problems are identified, you’re fully in control of how and when they are put right. And offering your potential purchasers a copy of a positive inspection report could speed up the process and reduce the risk of last-minute hitches with the sale.

Even if you’re not buying or selling, a professional home inspection can be useful in helping you maintain a structurally safe home, ensure pipework and duct work is intact, and provide early warning of issues that fixing will save you money in the long run.

April is National Home Inspection Month. To learn more or find a home inspector, check out the American Society of Home Inspectors website at www.ashi.org