Protecting Your Investment
Your home is most likely your single largest investment. That’s why it’s so important that you protect this asset, especially since statistically America’s houses are aging which could mean trouble is ahead! According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the average occupied home is 37 years old. This age means a higher instance of possible structural issues could be around the corner. Issue such as cracks, sagging of floors and roofs put your home or building in danger of serious damage via water, pests, etc. Factor in that Florida’s homes are exposed to extreme weather conditions and it becomes even more important to have a professional structural inspection periodically. Still need some convincing? If you intend to sell your home, or plan renovations, knowing if there are any existing structural issues, earlier rather than later, can make a big difference in the repairs.
General vs. Structural Inspections
Don’t be confused and think that a general home inspection covers all the bases. It doesn’t. General home inspections will cover the basics, like HVAC, plumbing and general roof issues such as missing tiles, age, etc. It won’t include a detailed report on the condition of the actual structure of the building. Maybe the roof isn’t missing any shingles, but it looks like it might be sagging. Why is it sagging? A specialized structural inspection will get to the root of the issue and provide the answer.
Same with windows or doors that don’t close easily or “stick” – there’s a reason why they stick or don’t close that may have to do with your foundation or uneven floors. A general inspection might merely suggest lubrication to solve the issue. Whereas a structural inspector will determine not only WHY there is an issue but suggest HOW to fix it.
It makes perfect sense to have a structural inspection of a home you are interested in buying before committing to the purchase. Conversely, if you are planning on selling your home or building, be aware that the potential purchaser may ask to have a structural inspection performed. You would be better suited to have already had that inspection so that you aren’t suddenly surprised!
General Signs Indicative of Possible Structural Issues
Following are some general “warning signs” to look for. If you have any of these, arrange to have a structural inspection!
- Sagging roof
- Windows that don’t open easily
- Doors that “stick” or are out of alignment
- Floors that slope
- Cracks above doorways or windows
Things You Can Do to Prepare for a Structural Inspection
The more you can do to prepare for the inspection the better off you’ll be. It will save time and help the inspector perform the inspection quickly and efficiently. First, clear the area around the foundation and clean out the gutters. Second, ensure easy access by clearing out crawl spaces or attics.
Results of a Structural Inspection
What should you expect from a structural inspection? The inspector will scrutinize the foundation, framing, all interior and exterior walls, the roof, and more depending on your type of structure. You will be presented with an itemized report with the results of the inspection.
At Heavenly Foundations, you can expect to receive your structural report within 48 hours. Call today to schedule your structural inspection (727) 228-6144.