Annual HVAC inspection: The inspection should cost between $200-300 depending where you live and what type of HVAC system you have. The best time to have the inspection is spring or fall. HVAC companies aren't as busy then, and you won't be in dire need of heat or air conditioning.
What might this inspection find? The furnace blower is not working properly. Cost to repair or replace: $100 to $150. Possible consequence of letting it go: a broken heat exchanger. Potential savings down the road: $300 to $1,000 to replace the heat exchanger or $750 to $3,500, depending on the energy efficiency, to replace indoor or outdoor furnace components.
Chimney inspection: Should cost around $100, more if you want your chimney cleaned. You should inspect before your first fire in the winter.
What might this inspection find? There's no chimney cap. Cost to add: $150. If you let it go, rain can get into your chimney, damage the chimney liner and damper, and even saturate mortar joints, causing mold. Potential savings: $2,000 to $4,000 to replace the chimney liner. Other problems may include a cracked chimney crown, which can be repaired for $300 to $500; chimney flashing that needs caulking, which can be done for $80 to $100; and waterproofing the exterior brick, which runs $350 to $600. All of these fixes will prevent rain from entering and mold from forming.
Termite inspection: Should cost between $75-200 and can be done anytime, although termites are more active in the spring and early summer.
What might this inspection find? Subterranean termites or flying termites. If left untreated, these bugs damage framing, trim, drywall, furniture, carpet, and copper and other soft metals. Termites cause more than $5 billion in damage a year in the U.S. The average homeowner loss for termite damage is $3,000, but losses can be as high as $30,000 or even $80,000. Most homeowners insurance does not cover repair of termite damage.
Check your deck! Powerwashing and sealing your deck can cost between $100-400, depending on if you have to rent a washer and how large your deck is.
Every 2-3 years your should Power wash to get rid of stains, algae, mold, mildew and moss. Algae and mold can make your deck slippery and dangerous. Sealing your deck after it is cleaned helps prevent water damage. Wood soaks up rain like a sponge, expands and then shrinks. Sealing makes the water bead up and roll off. If you let it go, your deck will warp, nails will pop out and the deck won't last as long. You can save between $4,000- $20,000 or more to replace your deck, depending on size.
Dryer vent cleaning. Dryer lint is incredibly flammable. If your dryer is not on an exterior wall, the vent leading outside is most likely clogged. The only cost is about 30-45 minutes of your time.
Depending on if you have a gas or electric dryer, unplug and shut off the gas. You will need to move the dryer out a bit in order to access the vent. Remove the clamp with a screwdriver and reach in the back of the dryer to remove any built up lint. A vacuum works good here. Stick the vacuum hose into the vent tube to get all the lint from there too. Replace the vent tube and clamp and do not not forget to remove and clean the outside vent. Turn the dryer on for a few minutes to see if any loose debris comes out.