In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often fail to take care of our homes, and ourselves for that matter. We tend to only go to the doctor when we are sick, and even if we go for a well-visit, we get a list of things that are wrong and that need to be improved on. We also treat our homes the same way when you think about it. We only call a specialist when something is noticeably wrong, but we can prevent so many problems with an annual inspection.
In order to maintain a healthy home or body, we must first have a basic understanding of all the systems and components. Just like our bodies, our houses are comprised of systems and components that operate in harmony. These systems and their components are in constant use, and there are simple ways to prolong their life. You yourself can live with bad cholesterol your entire life, only to suffer a heart attack at 55. If you had had regular checkup you could have prevented a lifetime of issues, improved quality of life, and prolonged life and functionality.
In this multi-part series that dives into what makes a house, we will go over all the basics of your home’s systems and their components. We will also talk to professionals both near and far to discuss materials, products, and installation practices. I will teach you about what we look for during a home inspection, and reveal to you what may go unnoticed in your current home. As well as offer some things that could drastically improve the life of your home.
You do not need to be a physicist to understand how the systems of your homework, but it does help to have an understanding of some key terms and phrases. We will define more as we go along, but for now, let's start with these.
What is a house? A house is a structure, and a structure is an assemblage of various systems and components that function as a whole.
What is a Home Inspection? A General Home Inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components (as delineated by applicable standards) that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. The scope of work for such inspection may be modified by the client and inspector prior to the inspection process to exclude certain items normally inspected and/or to expand the inspection to include items not normally inspected.
What are my building's systems? Components, assemblies, and systems that are a part of the overall building and property, such as pavement, flatwork, structural components, roofing, exterior walls, plumbing, HVAC, electrical components, fire prevention, etc.
Here is a picture of some of your building's systems and components. There are several others we inspect that are not pictured such as washers dryers, hot water heaters, insulations, and decks to name a few. It is important to talk with your prospective home inspector and get a feel for the level of detail and service they provide. Read over your service agreement, and become informed on the systems to be included in your home inspection. While states and local municipalities may have inspection standards, it is not uncommon to find an inspector who provides services that exceed those standards.
We won't go into detail with every product, and option that is available to you. What we hope to provide is a brief understanding of all of these systems and their components. With this basic knowledge, we will drastically change how you view your home and save you thousands over the lifetime of your home's systems and their components. Knowledge is power, and the more that you know the more power that you have.
Thank you for reading. If you are thinking about buying, selling, or just need an annual checkup for your current home. Us this link to find a local home inspector using the world’s largest trade organization of residential and commercial property inspectors, InterNACHI. You can trust that an InterNACHI home inspector will give your house a quality check-up, and provide you a list of things that need to be addressed. Subscribe to our blog for free, we do not share your information, and join us next week as we talk about the most important system of your home that you probably have never even heard of.