An Annual Inspection Keeps Your Home In Shape

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An Annual Inspection Keeps Your Home In Shape

Biller & Associates is pleased to announce a new service for homeowners in the Northern Virginia area: an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection.

Homeownership has its joys and pains, including tending to the maintenance necessary for any structure. While most homeowners are diligent about issues like preparing for winter, they may overlook other aspects of wear and tear that happen to all homes. Spotting and tending to damage and deterioration is essential to keeping up a home. It can take an expert to spot some critical issues that may need immediate attention, as well as flag some routine work needed to keep the home in shape.

You Get an Annual Physical for Yourself – Your Home Needs One Too

With years of experience in home inspection, Biller & Associates has seen many instances where a home is up for sale, and critical deficiencies are impacting the home’s value, not to mention safety, livability, and function. Many of these issues could have been resolved sooner and for less expense if the homeowner had spotted them. But just like a doctor has an eye for issues concerning physical health that a person may not see in themselves, a home inspector is far more likely to notice a problem because they have the training and experience to know where to look. Similarly, an annual home maintenance inspection is an opportunity for a homeowner to ask questions about issues they have noticed but aren’t sure whether to be concerned. A home inspector can recommend additional tests or work to keep the home in peak condition.

What Happens in an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection?

When Biller & Associates conducts an annual home maintenance inspection, the entire home is carefully scrutinized for any visible and apparent conditions of the home and its components. The inspector will be thorough, assessing potential issues throughout the interior and exterior of the home, including:

  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Structural elements
  • Drainage around the perimeter of the house
  • Decks
  • Foundations
  • Roofing
  • And more

Among other things, the inspector will be looking for wear and tear due to weather conditions, which often cause moisture and the associated problems. Possible issues that require maintenance and repair will be flagged, and recommendations will be made about the issue’s urgency. The homeowner should attend the inspection, which lasts 1-2 hours, so that the inspection can be a conversation where questions can be answered, and additional issues may be brought to light. Within 24-48 hours of the inspection, Biller & Associates will provide a detailed report, including what was inspected, the conditions noted, and recommendations, if any. The report will include images showing the specific home component being discussed.

Just like a physical, home maintenance inspections should occur annually, but not less than every 18-24 months. If you haven’t had an inspection, contact Biller & Associates today to schedule one.