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Homebuyer's Outdoor Inspection

Unlock your landscape’s true potential with our Homebuyer’s Outdoor Inspection. Discover hidden issues, get expert advice, and plan with confidence.

Serving Springfield, MO and surrounding areas.

Outdoor Inspections

From a 417 company all about values

When purchasing a new home, it’s easy to get excited by its interior charm, the spacious rooms, or the modern kitchen. However, the outdoor spaces – the landscape, the drainage, the hardscape – play an equally vital role in determining the true value and potential of a property. These areas, often overlooked, can harbor hidden issues that might lead to significant expenses and headaches down the line.

Your family’s enjoyment is important to us. I treat each outdoor inspection as if it were my own, and I don’t stop at anything less than perfection.

Why Consider an Outdoor Inspection?

Outdoor spaces contribute significantly to the overall appeal, functionality, and value of a home. A well-maintained landscape can be a sanctuary for relaxation, while efficient drainage ensures the property’s longevity. Conversely, overlooked issues, from poor landscape health to inadequate lighting, can diminish the joy of home ownership and result in unexpected costs.

 In essence, an outdoor inspection is not just about identifying problems; it’s about understanding possibilities. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, recognizing the potential and pitfalls of a property’s exterior can make all the difference in your homebuying journey.

When you’re ready to schedule, simply fill out our Inspection Request and Kevin will be in touch.

When Should a Homebuyer Get an Outdoor Inspection?

Before Making an Offer

An early inspection can provide a clear picture of the property’s outdoor condition, arming you with valuable information that can influence your offer or decision to proceed.

During negotiations

If you’re serious about a property but have concerns about its exterior, an outdoor inspection during negotiations can provide leverage. Highlighting potential issues can lead to price adjustments or repair commitments from the seller.

Pre Move-in

Even after finalizing the purchase, an inspection can be invaluable. It offers a roadmap for future improvements, ensuring you can transform the outdoor space to match your vision.

Comprehensive outdoor inspections for discerning homebuyers

What do Inspections Include?

Landscape Quality Assessment

Inspection: We will conduct a thorough examination of the existing landscape. This includes assessing the health of plants, trees, and shrubs, checking for signs of disease or pest infestation, and evaluating the overall design and layout of the landscaping. We understand that well-maintained plantings can significantly enhance the value and appeal of a property. Therefore, we ensure that every nook and corner of your outdoor space is scrutinized for potential issues.

Suggestions & Estimates: Post-inspection, we don’t just leave you with a list of problems. Our team will provide actionable recommendations tailored to your landscape’s unique needs. Whether it’s suggesting native plants for better growth, recommending treatments for diseased plants, or proposing a complete property redesign, we’ve got you covered. Along with our suggestions, we offer an estimate for implementing these remedies or enhancements, ensuring you’re well informed about potential costs.

Water Drainage Inspection

Inspection: Water drainage is often an overlooked aspect of property evaluation, yet it’s crucial for the longevity and health of both the building and the property. We will assess the property’s grade, examine the condition of existing drainage systems, and identify areas prone to waterlogging or flooding. We’ll also check for signs of erosion, runoff issues, and assess past damage to the foundation or basement due to water upon request

Suggestions & Estimates: After pinpointing drainage concerns, our team will suggest effective solutions tailored to your property’s layout and the region’s climate. This could range from installing French drains, recommending rain gardens, or even regrading in certain areas. As always, our suggestions come with an estimate, detailing the costs and benefits of each proposed solution, allowing you to make informed decisions and use this information to craft a better offer to the seller.

Drain installed in yard

Hardscape Examination

Inspection: Hardscape elements like patios, walkways, and retaining walls play a pivotal role in the functionality and aesthetics of your outdoor space. Our team will inspect these structures for signs of wear, damage, or poor construction. We’ll assess the materials used, the quality of workmanship, and the overall integration of these elements with the surrounding landscape.

Suggestions & Estimates: If we identify areas of concern or potential improvement in your hardscape, we’ll provide expert recommendations. This could include suggesting more durable materials, redesigning pathways for better flow, or even adding new hardscape features to enhance usability. As with all our services, you’ll receive an estimate, giving you a clear picture of the costs involved in enhancing or repairing your hardscape.

Outdoor Lighting Review

Inspection: Proper outdoor lighting can transform a property’s ambiance while ensuring safety. Our team will evaluate the placement, intensity, and type of outdoor lights. We’ll check for dark spots, potential hazards, and assess the energy efficiency of the current setup.

Suggestions & Estimates: Based on our findings, we’ll offer recommendations to improve aesthetics, safety, and energy efficiency. This could involve suggesting motion-sensor lights for security, LED solutions for energy savings, or even landscape lighting to accentuate the different features. As always, our suggestions are accompanied by a cost estimate.

Landscape lighting behind shrubs cast a shadow on house, Springfield MO

Benefits of Homebuyer Landscape Inspections

Informed Decisions

Knowledge is power, especially when making one of the most significant investments of your life. Our comprehensive outdoor inspections arm you with detailed insights into the property’s condition.

With our thorough assessments, you won’t just get a surface-level understanding. We delve deep into potential issues, from the health of the plants to the efficiency of the drainage system. This ensures you’re fully aware of what you’re getting into, allowing you to make decisions with confidence and clarity.

Negotiation Power

A detailed inspection report can be a powerful tool during property negotiations. By highlighting areas that require attention, you can negotiate for a better deal or request specific repairs before finalizing the purchase.

Our reports are not just lists of problems; they come with actionable solutions and estimates. This gives you a clear idea of potential costs, allowing you to negotiate with sellers from a position of strength, potentially saving thousands in post-purchase repairs.

Peace of Mind

Buying a home can be stressful, with many unknowns. Our services aim to eliminate uncertainties related to the property’s outdoor spaces, giving you peace of mind. 

Sleep easy knowing that potential issues have been identified and addressed. Whether it’s ensuring the plant life is free from pests or confirming that the hardscape is in top condition, our thorough inspections mean fewer surprises down the line. 

Future Planning

Beyond identifying current issues, our services provide a roadmap for future enhancements to your outdoor spaces. With our expert suggestions, you can envision the potential of your new home’s exterior. Whether it’s a landscape redesign, improved lighting, or drainage solutions, our recommendations set the stage for future projects, helping you transform the space into your personal oasis.

Avoid Costly Surprises

Unexpected repair costs can strain budgets and dampen the excitement of a new home. Our inspections are designed to uncover hidden issues, helping you avoid unforeseen expenses. From identifying potential water damage risks to highlighting areas of the landscape that may require attention, our detailed reports ensure you’re financially prepared. With our provided estimates, you can budget for remedies or improvements, ensuring a smooth transition into your new home.

Your Home's Exterior Deserves Attention

Every corner of your dream home, both inside and out, contributes to its overall charm, functionality, and value. While interiors often steal the spotlight, the exterior spaces hold the key to long-term satisfaction, safety, and investment protection. Don’t let hidden outdoor issues dampen the joy of your new home or lead to unexpected expenses down the road. We charge $150 for the walkthrough, including written inspection report.

Contact Us Today to Schedule Your Inspection

Whether you’re on the verge of making an offer, in the midst of purchase negotiations, or preparing to move into your new abode, our Homebuyers Outdoor Inspection service is tailored to provide clarity, confidence, and a plan for the future.

Schedule an Inspection

If you have a specific question or concern about the home, be sure to detail it in the form and I’ll contact you to discuss.

A service fee of $150 will be billed to you after completion.

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