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Inspect This! The BrightNest Home Inspection Roundup

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05.21.13

These days, everything has a roundup. Music videos, dessert recipes, internet memes….the list goes on. Here at BrightNest, we couldn’t wait to join the roundup party, because there’s one kind of themed grouping that gets us really excited: home inspection roundups!

What’s so great about checking out your home? All kinds of stuff. By regularly giving some problem-prone areas a quick once-over, you’ll be able to spot potentially expensive issues before they get out of control.  For example, by catching a mold infestation early, you can avoid a full wall replacement (which can cost $10,000 or more)! You can tackle everything at once and have an Inspection Day, or schedule them at your convenience. Just make sure you take a peek at least once a year!

Here are ten places in your home worth inspecting.

Note: If you don’t think you can remember all of these, sign up for BrightNest and we’ll send you reminders when it’s time to tackle something.

Roof

Inspecting your roof once a year for signs of damage, sagging and aging will help prevent interior damage and an expensive roof replacement, which can cost an average of $5,000.

Basement

By inspecting your basement once a year and taking a few preventative measures, you can reduce the risk of damage from issues like flooding, which can cost anywhere from $1,500-$10,000 to repair.

Fire Extinguishers

A fire extinguisher can protect you and your family from fires, but only if it’s not expired or damaged. How old is your fire extinguisher?

Air Ducts

Throughout the year, your heating and cooling system is pumping out air like nobody’s business, which could make your ducts dirty. Inspect them to see if they need a cleaning! Clean ductwork translates to better indoor air quality and up to a 40 percent increase in your HVAC system’s efficiency.

Damp Areas

Mold and mildew thrive in moist areas such as bathrooms, basements and around sinks. Small bits of mold aren’t a huge problem, but it can easily get out of control if mold isn’t dealt with early.

Attic 

An annual attic inspection may not be high on your priority list, but delaying it could result in costly critter removal or serious health hazards. For example, rodents chewing on attic wires cause approximately 15,000 residential fires each year.

Sump Pump

Without a working sump pump, your basement would be less guest room meets office space and more swamp meets dungeon.

Dryer and Dryer Duct

There are approximately 15,000 dryer fires every year in the U.S., and most of them occur because lint builds up in the dryer or the exhaust duct!

Foundation

By inspecting your foundation twice a year, you’ll be able to detect early warning signs of problems such as water damage, pest infestation and structural weaknesses.

Insulation

Heating and cooling costs make up more than half of the energy consumed in your home, so insulation leaks can wind up wasting a lot of energy. By finding and repairing damage to your insulation, you can save more than 20 percent on your utility bill! 

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