The value of any home is very closely tied to its “health”—in other words, its physical condition. If, like the majority of homeowners, you aren’t technically savvy enough to assess a building’s condition, it can be difficult to establish priorities when it comes to the maintenance and repair work your house needs. There’s a solution: a “health assessment” designed especially for your home.
What does it involve?
An assessment of your home’s health isn’t all that different from a personal check-up at the doctor’s office. You will be getting the opinion of a professional on the overall condition of your residence. The house will be checked out from top to bottom by a building inspector, who will then provide a report of each element inspected and its condition. It will tell you, for example, whether the foundation walls should be monitored or the roof needs immediate attention.
Why have it done?
Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! A defect that goes undetected, like a leaky roof for instance, might end up causing plenty of damage. A health assessment can reveal problems early, before they spread too far.
In addition, having an overall picture of the health of your house, including elements that need monitoring or repair in the years to come, means you can prioritize individual actions. You’ll be better able to plan a logical sequence of the major work—and major expenses—to come.
A health assessment will help you answer a host of vital questions. What aspects must you be sure not to neglect? What do you need to focus on first to avoid nasty surprises? Are there apparent defects? If so, how serious are they? Is urgent action needed? Starting where?
Targeting selected areas and measuring energy efficiency
While getting a comprehensive picture of your home’s health is a good idea, you can also hire an inspector to investigate selected trouble spots only: the roof covering, foundation, exterior cladding, or various mechanical systems (plumbing, electricity, heating, ventilation and air conditioning), etc.
While you’re at it, why not have your home’s energy efficiency analyzed? This can help you better target the most profitable home improvements to make, or those eligible for government subsidies.
If you want to make sure your house is healthy, it’s worth getting an expert opinion!
Questions? Planning to have work done?
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