For most people, planning to purchase a new home means scheduling a home inspection to make sure the home is in good shape and to uncover any potential issues that could require major – and costly – repairs down the road. Having an inspection can also serve as a powerful negotiating tool so you don’t end up paying too much for a home. But while most homeowners are familiar with the traditional home inspection process and the benefits and peace of mind it can offer, many buyers overlook one of the home’s most valuable resources – the yard and landscape.
A typical home inspection only addresses the home itself – its structure and infrastructure – and maybe its outbuildings, while leaving landscape issues alone. To make sure you’re not taking on a major landscape issue like lousy drainage, you need to hire a landscape inspector who’s trained in performing detailed and in-depth inspections of the property surrounding your new home.
Landscape inspections can help uncover lots of issues, including problems with:
- retaining walls
- pool and spa areas
- gazebos and arbors
- exterior lighting
- playground areas
- irrigation systems
- ponds, waterfalls and other water features
- outdoor kitchens
- fireplaces and fire pits
- trees, shrubs and lawn areas
Consider this, when you buy your home, you’re not just buying the physical structure; you’re also buying the yard and everything in it. Instead of taking the owner’s word for the soundness or functioning of specific landscape features and fixtures, it just makes good financial sense to have these items properly inspected by someone who knows what they’re doing – and someone who has your best interests in mind.
Plus, when you have your landscape inspected by a professional, you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing all these features have been evaluated by someone who understands the repairs and wear issues common to outdoor areas, and who can provide you with an estimate of the costs you may be facing in the future to repair or maintain your landscape. Even when you don’t use the results of your inspection to haggle over the price of your purchase, you’ll be provided with a clear understanding of your landscape’s features, the upkeep and maintenance needs, and what issues you’ll need to look out for in the future.
When it comes to landscape inspections, the bottom line is this: Hidden problems in your new home’s landscape could wind up costing thousands of dollars to repair; knowing about these issues ahead of time is essential in helping you determine if your new home is really the great value you think it is. Give us a call today to learn more about the landscape inspection process we offer and how it can help you gain valuable peace of mind.