A home inspection can provide you with the information you need for a well-planned approach to renovation and home maintenance. Consider:
Most commonly, inspections are done by a professional renovator or a home inspector. Your choice will depend on your reasons for having an inspection done, and the type of information you need.
The services offered by professional renovators can vary greatly, and the best approach is to call a few companies. To begin with, professional renovators will automatically examine the parts of your house involved in a proposed renovation in order to estimate and plan your project - that's simply part of doing a professional job. Many renovators will also routinely identify repairs and upgrades that make economical sense to include in your renovation plans.
If the renovator is designing your project, the design phase usually includes a thorough inspection. On large jobs, this may entail a "feasibility study" or an inspection by a structural engineer or other specialists.
Beyond that, some renovators may offer additional assessment services.
If you want a third-party assessment of the condition of your home, you can hire a home inspector. Ask about qualifications, references and proof of errors and omission insurance.
Make sure the price includes a detailed, written inspection report and share the results with your renovator. Together, you will be able to develop estimated costs, a list of priorities and a schedule of work for renovation, repair and replacement that is right for you and your budget.