If you’re worried about the health of your property, you should consider doing a maintenance inspection. Even if you’re not worried, it’s recommended that you check things out every three to five years to make sure everything is in working order. But what is a maintenance inspection? Who can do one? What do you do afterwards? The answers are a lot simpler than you may think.
What is a Maintenance Inspection?
A maintenance inspection is just like the inspection that you get done before you buy a property to make sure everything is in good condition. Everything in the property gets checked out — the roof, walls, foundation, HVAC system, electrical, plumbing, and anything else you may have concerns about. This allows you to find any issues early before they become a huge, expensive problem. It can also remind you of regular maintenance you should be doing on your property on a more regular basis.
Who Can Do a Maintenance Inspection?
Many repair companies will be happy to look at different aspects of your home, however, they also have a bias in that they’ll get paid more if they find something wrong. Because of this, it’s a good idea to hire a third party company who only deals with the inspection side of things to handle it. This way they get paid whether they find big or small problems, and you can trust that they’re being honest with you about the severity of the issues. Any inspector that does pre-purchase inspections is qualified to do maintenance inspections as well.
What Do I Do With the Information Given?
Usually, the inspector will take a few days to look everything over, then give you a list of all the damages they found, big or small. This is now your opportunity to look things over for yourself and decide what you can fix on your own and what you should call a repair company for. You now have a to-do list that you can take care of whenever and however you see fit.
What Can I Do to Prevent the Big Things?
Depending on the time of year, your property will need regular maintenance to keep things running smoothly and looking nice. For example, spring is a good time to trim your trees and hedges around your property, look for any cracks in the walls or roof from the snow, and clean out your gutters to get ready for the incoming rain. It’s always a good idea to check the properties’ vents and filters for any obscurities and replace batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Do regular maintenance on your sprinklers and chimneys and check with your tenants for any leaks in their pipes or other maintenance problems. Keeping up on the little things will help you avoid the big things in the future.
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