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Home inspectors are not just for home buyers and sellers. Inspectors can be useful to existing homeowners, especially after catastrophic events like fires, hurricanes and storms. Do you live in part of the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic where homes have been severely damaged by Atlantic Ocean storms and hurricanes? Has your home had a fire? It's often difficult to assess the repairs needed by such events without assistance.
A home inspector can help homeowners determine the repairs needed for their home to be liveable again after a disaster. In addition, a home that has been in a fire, flood or hurricane needs to have the resulting water completely mitigated before the living space can be repaired. If not, mold and mildew can develop behind the walls and beams can deteriorate. These issues often aren't apparent when you walk through a property, even right after the storm. During such a stressful time, you don't want to have to rely on what the insurance company or contractor is telling you. It's helpful to have a calm, unbiased professional inspector on your side.