A household’s physical assets maintain much of its value, and you should never settle in before ascertaining a home’s real value.

Certainly, a lot of things factor into a home’s durability and sustainability, but several simple inspections go a long way. If you’re about to pack in, or, if you’re renting or buying a previously owned house, get an inspection.

You won’t be sorry.

Below, we outline the common inspections every first time home buyer needs to conduct before establishing a home. If you’re ready, we’re here to guide you. Let’s hop in:

First and foremost, find a provider you trust. Never settle for anything less than a comprehensive inspection, either.

The Basics: Utility Inspection

Remember: Your household is more than just walls, foundation and roofing.

Your home’s utility use is an integral part of its operation. Sure, you’ll know if the utilities don’t work right away, but there’s much to be said for an in-depth energy consumption survey.

Before moving in, have your contractor examine the household’s energy-use components. Plumbing systems, heating systems, external air conditioners and vents should all be checked. Trust us, it’s worth it.

While these areas may seem up to par, mechanically, the smallest failure to operate at full capacity can cost you big bucks in monthly bills.

The In-Betweens: Cleanliness Inspection

We’re talking mold here. We’re talking drainage, plant life, moisture accumulation and dry rot. You’d be surprised how many homeowners experience critical health problems from pre-existing mold.

Your inspector should dive into your home’s nooks and crannies.

The attic, the basement, closets, bathroom corners and similar areas are breeding areas for dangerous material. Aside from health problems, degraded interiors, when hidden, can create a slew of structural integrity problems.

The Hidden Ones: Pest Inspection

Pests are wily. They’re incredibly good at hiding, and professional assistance is often needed to ascertain their location. You might catch small critters, roaches and ants, but devious bugs can stay hidden for years.

Bed bugs, termites, mites and fleas should be inspected for. Additionally, your inspector should always offer pest-free declaration papers. They’re incredibly useful to renters and buyers, as they’ll narrow down the source problem in the event of infestation.

The New Ones: Construction Inspection

If your home is new, or if it’s been altered recently, it’s absolutely necessary to get a construction inspection. Lead material, unfinished areas, under-quota construction and weak areas should be noted.

A failure to do so can lead to damages—injuries, even.

As your inspector checks out the new additions, be sure to point out any inconsistencies with the home’s other areas.

These areas, while small, can create potential problems in the future. There’s a good chance your home is fine, but any problems need to be recorded before you take up shop.

A written analysis for each inspection is always a benefit. In fact, you should make written documentation procurement an end-game goal.

Keeping your home pest-free, safe and efficient is important, and it’s all possible with a few close looks via a trained home inspection professional.