Proactive Inspections for Lasting Peace of Mind


Your home is your castle, a haven of comfort and security. But just like any trusted companion, it requires consistent care and attention to prevent minor issues from morphing into major problems. At Fairchild Renovations, we empower homeowners with knowledge. We’ll help equip you with the best practices for inspecting your home, catching small problems early on before they blossom into expensive headaches.

Embrace the Power of Routine Inspections

Think of your home inspection as a preventative health check-up for your dwelling.  Schedule regular visual inspections – quarterly for most areas, and annually for crucial elements – to identify potential problems before they escalate.

Here’s a breakdown of key areas to focus on during your inspections:

•Interior Walls and Ceilings: Become a detective! Look for cracks, water stains, signs of peeling paint, or bulging drywall, especially around windows, doors, and plumbing fixtures.
•Floors: Unevenness, creaking floorboards, or loose tiles can signal trouble. Look for signs of moisture damage, particularly around bathrooms and kitchens, where spills and leaks are more common.
•Doors and Windows: Ensure doors and windows open and close smoothly, without sticking or scraping. Inspect for damaged weather stripping or caulking around frames, which can lead to drafts and energy inefficiencies.
•Roof: While a full roof inspection is best left to professionals, you can still be a hero from the ground. Look for missing or damaged shingles, loose flashing, or any visible debris accumulation that could compromise your roof’s integrity.
•Foundation: Walk the perimeter of your house and inspect the foundation for cracks, signs of settling, or efflorescence (a white, powdery substance) that could indicate moisture issues.

Essential System Checks

While a thorough visual inspection is important for your home, don’t neglect the unseen heroes – your plumbing and electrical systems.

Here’s how to quickly check them: For plumbing, look for leaks under sinks, bathtubs, and washing machine connections. Test faucets and showerheads for proper water pressure. Catching leaks early can save you from major water damage later. On the electrical side, be a safety champion, and look for loose outlets, malfunctioning switches, or flickering lights. Avoid overloading outlets and use extension cords responsibly to prevent electrical hazards.

By incorporating these best practices into your routine, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a home inspection pro. Remember, catching small problems early can save you significant time, money, and stress down the line.  Fairchild Renovations is always here to support you on your homeownership journey.  If you have any questions or require assistance with certain home repairs, don’t hesitate to contact Fairchild Renovations – we’re just a click away!