Inspectors typically work Point of Sale transactions. A lot of what we do gets lost in the buyers rush to negotiate, move and settle. Here are my reasons to schedule aMaintenance Inspection every 6-9 years.
The science of how we build and live in homes is changing. Materials, methods and lifestyle all have an impact on function and durability.
IT makes for affordable components and systems. There’s no reason to assume that the way we build homes will remain unchanged while the world around us is speeding along at the rate of Moore’s Law
Because of bureaucratic hassle obtaining a building permit in metro Atlanta may be considered an option, not a requirement. Most Building Codes are updated every three years. Significant codes changes respond to major disasters or building component failures.
A home built or renovated to code is worst structure you can legally build. Go below that minimum at your own risk. Exceed it and you’ll benefit in the long run.
Systems and components last an average 6-15 years. Simple and easy maintenance extends service life
Latent, long-developing defects due to sunlight, heat and moisture are less noticeable and, eventually, more costly to repair
Additions, renovations and energy upgrades alter the movement of heat, air and moisture inside the home. Good time for an inspection. Not going to move? Don’t count on it. I inspect Never-gonna-move-again homes all the time.
The culture of how we build communities is changing: http://wabe.org/post/what-do-you-do-broken-suburb. Keeping up with the Jones is more about re-sizing and lifestyle options.
Lost in Translation: “the idea that houses can loved and beautiful…..has been reduced to a grim business of facts and figures, an uphill struggle against the relentless urge of technology and bureaucracy, in which human feeling has almost been forgotten.” Buildings, especially homes, should speak the character and aspirations of their owners. A home can be more than just new countertops.
Homeowners, builders and realtors may not know all that is, and is becoming, aboutHow Homes Work. That’s my job, let me help.