THE REAL INSPECTION
Why would anyone want another “home inspection”, after the real estate inspector provided a detailed report? Three reasons. One is that an inspection does not tell you the future service life of the roof, siding, windows, doors or anything else. Two is that they have not helped you know the costs for repairs or renovations they do point out. Third, unless you have family who could, no one has looked at the potential purchase and answered any questions you might have, such as; how the home was built, when will the roof need service, what maintenance is necessary, what renovations are possible, how much it might cost to move a wall, and what should be priorities on the repair budget?
Just as we don’t really know someone until we have lived with them for a time, many people have questions about the home they purchased, recently, or some time ago. If you want an honest, independent assessment, rather than the advice of sales people pushing services, I can schedule to come out and inspect the property, focusing on your area of concern. This paid consultation can be some combination of a building check up with X-rays, and couples counseling to figure out how you will get along over the long-term. We can even provide recorded evidence and written reporting, if you want.
I can see problems for health, safety, durability or energy efficiency. We can even test some of the unseen conditions problems to explore your property more fully.
The type of questions I typically help answer:
- Can I lower my energy bills?
- Is my roof worn out?
- Can I get rid of the storm water in my basement?
- What can I do to keep my home healthy and durable?
- Do I need to have those mortar repairs?
- Are there things I should upgrade before we remodel the kitchen?
- Can my attic be expanded?
- Will I have to fix that to sell the house?
What are your questions?