Who’s responsible? You are. The new homeowner. Welcome to home ownership. The most important thing to understand as a new homeowner is that things fail. As time moves on, parts of your house will wear out, break down, deteriorate, leak or simply stop working.
But relax. Don’t get overwhelmed. You’re not alone. Every homeowner has similar concerns and questions. And they are all related to home maintenance.
The following questions are those that all homeowners ask themselves:
#1 “What should I look for?”
#2 “What does a real problem look like?”
#3 “How should it be corrected?”
The answers to these questions are written in a book, Now that You've Had a Home Inspection. This book will guide you through the systems of a typical house, how they work and how to maintain them. The systems include the following: the exterior, interior, roof, structure, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, attic, insulation, bathroom and kitchen.
You will learn what to monitor (what to look for) as the house ages. Most of the conditions and events that you will see and experience will likely be cosmetic and minor. Most homes do not have major material defects.
Throughout the home maintenance book, there will be references to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (www.InterNACHI.org). InterNACHI is the world’s largest association of residential and commercial building inspectors. The InterNACHI Residential Standards of Practice (SOP) defines what a home inspection is and lists the responsibilities of a home inspector. The SOP is located at www.nachi.org/sop.htm. It is critical for you to read these Standards.
This home maintenance book comments upon the responsibilities of a home inspector, because we are assuming that a home inspector has given you this book to read. Sometimes when a new homeowner is performing maintenance, apparent problems are discovered or revealed. Or as time goes by, things in the house leak or fail. A new homeowner experiencing a problem should refer to the Standards of Practice, which outlines the responsibilities and limitations of the home inspector.
Home ownership is a great experience, and home maintenance is a great responsibility. This home maintenance book will help you enjoy both.
Ask your home inspector for a free copy of Now that You've Had a Home Inspection, and learn:
- how your home works;
- how to maintain it; and
- how to save energy.
Experiencing a Problem with the Home Inspection?
For assistance with a problem you might be experiencing with your inspection, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include with your email the inspection date, property address, inspector’s name, and the details of the problem.
We'll notify the inspector.
In order to help resolve your compalint, please mail the following information to us:
Please mail (or email) to Mountain the following information:
- incident report form (completed by the homeowner);
- contractor's form (completed by a professional contractor);
- satisfaction survey (completed by the homeowner).
- the home inspection report; and
- the inspection agreement.
If you hired an InterNACHI inspector, InterNACHI Inspector Survey.
We'll contact the inspector and provide assistance in resolving the matter.
Note: Members of Mountain Inspection Support Association do not sell, transfer or provide home warranties or insurance of any type, directly or indirectly, to their clients. The inspector may provide personal guarantees of their service with conditions and limitations of liability outlined in the 100-Day Inspection Certificate, but this is not required.