Infrared Home Inspections – Not Just for Home Buyers Anymore

Home (photo credit via flickr Martin LaBar)Sure, a home inspection is critical when you’re buying a home, but infrared home inspections aren’t just for buyers anymore. It’s more common to inspect a home when you’re buying it, of course. You want to know the real value of the home and what kinds of issues you’re getting into, but what about when you’ve lived in the home for some time or you are thinking about selling or renovating?

You Can Get Ready to Sell Your Home

Before you sell your home, it’s a good idea to fix it up and have it in top condition. While lots of people take a ‘wait and see what they find approach’ and let the home buyers take the responsibility and risk, others want to get top dollar for their homes and make it sell quickly.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, an infrared home inspection can help you:

  • identify issues you need to fix to get top dollar
  • discover issues in your home before potential buyers do
  • provide a detailed report to your realtor

Once you have an infrared home inspection, it’s up to you what you do with it. You are under no obligation to share it with anyone. If you want the extra reassurance of what your home is worth and the opportunity to fix everything before you sell it so you eliminate surprises, an infrared home inspection can give you that ease of mind.

You Finally Know Where You’re Losing Energy

Drafts under the doorYour typical home inspector can tell you basically how much insulation you have in your attic as long as the attic isn’t finished, hiding the insulation away from view. I’ve inspected homes in Illinois that had insulation gaps in the attics and in the walls – none of which can be find with the typical home inspection. An insulation gap, essentially a spot inside your home where the insulation is damaged, missing, or wet, means lost energy.

Drafts are sneaky things and often harder to find than you might think. Air drafts under a door, for example, are easy to identify with infrared. Notice the photo shows the cold air in purple. The homeowner was able to make improvements to their front entrance that eventually helped a lot to keep their home warm and stop the energy bills from rising.

The Weird Smell in the Basement Gets Identified

When certain parts of your home are drafty, smelly, or just ‘off’ even when nothing looks out of the ordinary, the problem could be hidden. Water leaks can live in the walls, the attic, the floor and other places you can’t see – and they can be there for years before the damage they are slowly manifesting becomes apparent.

Moisture where it shouldn’t be causes all kinds of problems from mold to energy loss through damp insulation to ceiling cracks and more. If you have a nagging idea that something in your house isn’t quite right but you can’t put your finger on it, it might be time for an infrared home inspection.

Don’t call me about ghosts in your house, however, because infrared cameras can’t find ghosts.
Call Andrew MacDonald to schedule your thermal imaging home inspection. He’s helped thousands of homeowners know the real value and condition of their home in Algonquin, Palatine, Hoffman Estates and more. Give him a call today at 888-852-8298 to schedule your infrared inspection today.