Why It’s Important to do a Landscape Inspection Before Buying a Home

landscape inspectionIt’s common for people to neglect to inspect the landscape area before buying a home. It’s a mistake that can cost you beyond your imagination. This is because if there are landscape problems around a house and you neglect them, the cost to correct them can leave you broke. It’s important that you look into the landscape area before investing your life’s savings into buying a house.

A good landscape inspection involves checking the patios, decks, water pipes running underground, fireplaces, lighting, garden bed, etc. It is vital that you make sure the home you’re willing to buy doesn’t have problems related to these features.

Here are a few reasons that why it is important to do a landscape inspection before buying a home:

Safety Issue

Safety is important. You don’ want to move to a house that makes you feel unsafe. Check out the condition of the trees around the house and make sure they are healthy and well. A tree that is about to fall down is a major hazard. It’s not only a danger to your property but also the inhabitants. You should know how to prevent such injuries from happening.

In addition to this, if a tree is damaged, it might contaminate the environment. Only a proper home inspection can tell you if a house is safe.

Another issue that needs to be addressed is the flower bed. You need to make sure that the water doesn’t get trapped as it can be risky, especially with electric wires running around.

In addition to this, check if the ground has a slope as it may cause rainwater to flood the house.

Water Issues

Water issues in your home can be annoying. It may be due to clogged gutters or just poor planning. Check the terraces, walkways and pool decks to ensure that they have the  proper slope or it can create problems for you.

Check the gutter spout as well. Make sure they take water all the way to where it should go.

Roof Issues

Before you buy the property, thoroughly check the roof. Check the shape of the shingles. The shingles should not curl or bend, as this is a sign of a very old roof. Old shingles may not prevent rainwater from entering your home.

Also, check the chimney. Make sure the chimney works properly so you have no problem when the weather changes.

Repairs Are Costly

Make sure the patio, deck, porch, and garden area are in good condition. If they are not, you can ask the owner to get them repaired before you move in. Neglecting these items will force you to repair the areas on your own, and it’s very costly.

If there is anything unsightly, you should know how to repair unsightly landscaping features. You do not always have to spend money to improve the look of your yard.

Peace of Mind

Last but not the least, inspecting a landscape before buying a home will give you peace of mind. It’s important to feel satisfied when you make such a big investment.

While you can inspect a house on your own, it is better to turn to professionals. We at Le Perv are here to help. Call 858-405-4945.

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Clarke Ramsey
Landscape Artist. I help landscaping dreams come to live. I create raving fans and give my customers the highest quality product available.
Clarke Ramsey
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