DO YOU TAKE THE “WAIT-AND-SEE FINGERS CROSSED” APPROACH TO HOME MAINTENANCE?
Many Homeowners admit to feeling a bit in the dark when it
comes to the condition of their home. Just crossing your fingers and hoping nothing
will go wrong isn’t the best approach to home maintenance but it is far more
common than you might think.
IT’S HARD TO KEEP UP WITH HOME MAINTENANCE
Life can get busy and it can be tough to keep up with all
the things going on in and around your home.
If you don’t have time to assess your home for deterioration or damage,
consider outsourcing the task.
HIRE A HOME INSPECTOR
Yes, that kind of home inspector – the same inspectors you
might use to buy or sell a home.
Professional home inspectors are trained to know what type of things can
go wrong in a home and where and what to look for.
Most home inspectors offer a maintenance inspection. The
investment may cost between $350 -$650 depending on the inspector, the
size of your home, and the going rate in your area. But the ROI can be huge.
A STITCH IN TIME…
A good home inspector can identify early-stage issues and
hidden problems that could lead to very costly damage down the road.
Once you have a list of home maintenance issues and repairs
needed, you can decide to hire a handyman or put a schedule together to do the
WHY NOT JUST HIRE A HANDYMAN?
Home Inspectors are not in the home repair business. They
aren’t motivated to find extra work for themselves. A Home Inspector offers an independent
evaluation of your home following strict assessment guidelines. Most handymen
don’t possess the tools or the training to conduct a comprehensive, systematic
assessment of the health and safety of your property which is exactly what a
home inspector is trained and certified to do.
After the inspection, should you decide to hire a handyman
to make repairs, you will be equipped with the specifics of the repair allowing
you to better communicate and monitor any work needed.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
Your home is an investment regular home maintenance is the best
way to protect that investment and get the greatest return when it is time to
I recommend a professional home inspection every 3 to 5
years. Doing so will allow you to address small problems before they get big
and put you at ease knowing exactly what is going with the property. The peace
of mind alone is worth every dime you spend.
HOME INSPECTION RESOURCES
We interviewed Will Decker an Illinois licensed home
inspector, also the past President of the International Association of
Certified Home inspectors (NACHI), Chicago Chapter to learn about maintenance
inspections. He is a highly respected Home Services professional with decades
of experience and an endless resource of information you can trust!
He offers a wide range of White Papers and other resources for homeowners on his website at:
SCHEDULE AND INSPECTION
Interested in Scheduling a home maintenance inspection? We
recommend you contact Will. He offers
home maintenance inspections in the Chicagoland market or can refer you to a
qualified home inspector in your neighborhood. He knows all the best in the
You can reach Will at (847)
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