I went to the doctor for a routine checkup–actually that is not true. This is what I should do! Now most people might go to the dentist a couple of times a year–and keep things in their mouth tuned up–but when it comes to regular doctors, most people, unless they are hypochondriacally disposed, put off going until something is actually wrong.
I guess our minds take the possible things that can go wrong at the dentist and multiply it by 100 to arrive at the number of things that can be found out at the doctor’s office. After all, most people would rather undergo a root canal than a colonoscopy or a mastectomy. There is just so much more to lose going to the doctor.
The harsh reality is that if we went to the doctor for more periodic check-ups. we might be able to avoid some of the very dire consequences we fear–or at least minimize them. The problem with not going to the doctor often enough is that if there is a “bear-in-the-woods” he might bite us regardless of how much we deny its presence or attempt to ignore its presence.
It is the same with our houses.
When was the last time you had your house inspected. If you have lived in it for 5, 10, 20, or 40 years, I can guarantee that there will be issues that need to be addressed.
Even after a five year lapse, it is very unlikely that an inspector would not find issues totaling less than the cost of the inspection.
This is especially true if all those special touches you have had done, that you are so proud of, were done without permits or unqualified persons.
Like going to the doctor, having your home inspected could save you thousands of dollars by finding things that could cause terminal issues with the home.
There are likely plumbing issues you have no clue about.
There are likely heating & cooling issues you have no clue about.
There are likely wood destroying organism issues you have no clue about.
What you don’t know about your house can, if not kill your house, drain you wallet way more than the measly cost of a home inspection.
When was the last time you were in your crawl space?
Are you trained to know what you are not aware of in your crawl space?
If you have not had your home inspected in the last 2 years I recommend that you call your favorite home inspector today.
If you are in the Seattle area call me–I will be happy to give you a quote to inspect your home.
And I promise–no colonoscopy!
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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