When you buy or sell a home, it’s a given that you will have a home inspection — but have you thought about having your current home inspected outside of the buying or selling process?

We’ve lived in our home for 13 years, and I can’t tell you how many times my experience as a Dallas home inspector has helped us keep minor issues from becoming major over that time.

How long have you lived in your home? What problems may be lurking? It’s time to schedule an inspection.

Five Reasons You Need an Annual Home Inspection

Minor issues can become major.

An annual home inspection gives you the information you need to prevent small problems from becoming large and costly to repair. A professional home inspector can identify the signs of wood destroying insects before you will. He will notice signs of a minor water leak before a burst pipe floods your daughter’s bedroom. He can detect signs of a shifting foundation, a leaky roof, or an appliance in need of routine maintenance — helping you proactively head off large, complicated, costly repairs down the road.

You never lay eyes on many parts of your house.

A licensed professional home inspector sees more of your house than you ever will. We inspect the nooks and crannies of your attics. We crawl all over your roof and look into your chimneys. We peer inside your appliances and ductwork. Could you do this? Sure. But will you? Probably not. And even if you did, you probably don’t know what to look for. The cost of a home inspection is well-worth hiring an experienced home inspector to give your property a thorough evaluation.

Safety, safety, safety.

A licensed home inspector will make sure your home is as safe as it can be. He will check electrical systems to uncover risks. He will evaluate your stairs, porches, and patios to make sure they are stable. He’ll let you know what you need to address to avoid potentially life-threatening disasters, like fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, or bodily injuries. Having an annual home inspection is an inexpensive, simple way to protect your property and your family.

You’ll get great money-saving tips.

When I inspect a home, I go above and beyond the standards required by the Texas Real Estate Commission, and I include recommendations in my reports that can pay off in savings. If your doors or windows are leaky, you’ll have the information you need to fix them. If your A/C system needs to be cleaned to operate efficiently, you’ll know what to do. If you have a broken sprinkler head, you’ll be aware. These types of minor issues, when fixed, can add up to significant savings on your utility bills.

You want to be a good neighbor.

In most DFW neighborhoods, homes are no more than ten to twenty feet away from one another. Do you know if your tree branches are hanging over your neighbor’s roof? Are your gutters clogged so every downpour floods the yard between your homes? Has your fence fallen apart and become an eyesore? Addressing these and other potential irritants shows your respect and keeps your community neighborly.

Your doctor gives you an annual physical to assess your health and provide information to improve it. Why not do the same for your property? The benefits of an annual home inspection more than justify the expense. So give us a call today!

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What Is the Price of a Home Inspection?

Are you wondering How much does a home inspection cost? We have the answer to that question, and more questions in our home inspection resource and FAQ section.

About Our Licensed Dallas Home Inspections

Since 2007, Keith Boggs of Stonebriar Property Inspections has been helping his loyal clients buy and sell homes with confidence. With more than 25 years working in the construction industry, Keith offers thorough, accurate, home inspection services of the highest quality in the greater DFW area, with both a Dallas Home Inspection office and a Frisco Home Inspection office.