Angie’s List: Home Inspection

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A home inspection is typically required for a home purchase but what about after that? Joe Poelsterl of
Focal Point Home Inspection says that’s not that last time you should be seeing your home inspector.

Joe Poelsterl, Owner of Focal Point Home Inspection, “I believe a homeowner should have an inspection scheduled every two years, preferably in the
springtime after the winter season because our home takes the most abuse in the Winter.”

While a professional home inspector will best know the most common problem areas to check, you, the
homeowner, should be doing your own inspections yearly to maintain your home.

Joe Poelsterl, Owner of Focal Point Home Inspection, “Every year, on your own, you can review from the top to the bottom, what’s the obvious things that
happened over the wintertime, etcetera, and then address those problems. There was an old
commercial years ago: “pay me now or pay me later,” so if you don’t maintain your house, you’re going
to writing a big check later to fix it up.”

If you don’t have any clue what to look for during your own inspections, make sure you’re available and
around when your home inspection is being conducted, a good home inspector will point out the
problem areas as you come across them and give you some tips on how to maintain your home.

Joe Poelsterl, Owner of Focal Point Home Inspection, “I instruct my buyers on how to maintain their house and what to look for in the future, so if they do
need me, I am available, but my situation is that I’ve kind of trained all the new home buyers into being
amature inspectors.”

A typical home inspection should take about two to two and a half hours for a two thousand square foot
home and they should be checking your home from the inside out.

Angie Hicks, “Your home inspection will include checking your foundation as well as the mechanicals of the house
such as the HVAC system, the plumbing, electrical, even the roofing system. On the interior, they’re
going to check your appliances, and they’ll also, for an extra charge, check your water quality, check for
radon as well as termites.”

As soon as you purchase a home, there is often a short window to get your inspection done so Angie
suggests looking for an inspector as soon as you start looking for a house to save yourself from
additional stress. When looking for an inspector, you want to make sure they’re licensed and certified
from one of the national agencies, and also make sure they have an errors and ommissions insurance
policy.

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