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Home Inspection 101

(WKOW) —  A home inspection is usually required for a home but what about after that? Experts say that’s not the last time you should be seeing your home inspector.

Joel Poelsterl, Owner of Focal Point Home Inspection: “I believe a homeowner should have an inspection scheduled every two years,” Joel Poelsterl, owner of Focal Point Home Inspection said.

“Preferably in the springtime after the winter session because our home takes the most abuse in the Winter”

While a professional home inspector will know the best places to check; you should be doing your own inspections every year.

“Every year, on your own, you can review from the top to the bottom, what’s the obvious things that happened over the wintertime, etc. and then address those problems,” Poelsterl said.

“There was an old commercial years ago: pay me now or pay me later so if you don’t maintain your house, you’re going to be writing a big check later to fix it up.”

If you’re not sure what to look for during your own inspections, make sure you’re around when your home inspection is being done, a good home inspector will point out the problem areas as you come across them and give you some tips on how to maintain your home.

“I instruct my buyers on how to maintain their house and what to look for in the future,” Poelsterl said.

“So if they do need me, I am available, but my station is that I’ve kind of trained all the new home buyers into being amateur inspectors.”

Home inspections should take about two or two and a half hours for a two thousand square foot home and they should be checking your home from the inside out.

“You home inspection will include checking your foundation as well as the mechanical of the house such as the HVAC system, the plumbing, electrical, even the roofing system,” Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List said.

“On the interior, they’re going to check your appliances, and they’ll also, for an extra charge, check your water quality, check for radon as well as termites.”

As soon as a home is purchased, there’s typically a short window to get your inspection done.

Hicks suggests looking for an inspector as soon as your start looking for a house to avoid stress.

When looking for an inspector, make sure they’re licensed and certified from one of the national agencies. Additionally, make sure they have an errors and omissions insurance policy.

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