BOUND BROOK, NJ--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2011) - It is an inescapable fact for homeowners that at some point, their home will require periodic repairs and maintenance. However, some homes, depending on age, are more likely to need repairs or system replacements than others.
Recognizing this, HouseMaster, the first and oldest home inspection franchisors in North America, created an interactive online tool for homeowners illustrating the most common problems found in homes throughout North America. Sorted by the age of the home, the tool identifies the likelihood of a specific problem lurking in a home.
"Whether you live in a recently constructed house or a 35 year-old ranch, every homeowner will come across areas in and around their home that are cause for concern," said Kathleen Kuhn, president of HouseMaster. "The beauty of our online tool is its ability to pinpoint common problems at specific times in the house's lifespan, ultimately allowing homeowners to minimize or prevent potentially severe problems."
Using the HouseMaster Home Defect Survey interactive online tool, homeowners are able to select the appropriate age range of their houses and scroll over the various defect areas highlighted on the example house -- including roofing, plumbing system, central heating and cooling, insulation and draining issues, among others.
By clicking on a specific defect area, homeowners are able to view the percentage of houses in their same age range that require repairs or maintenance on a specific area. For example, more than 19 percent of houses ages zero to 12 years require roofing repairs, compared to nearly 50 percent of houses ages 13 to 29 years and more than 55 percent of houses older than 30 years.
"We've given homeowners the ability to visually see where their house stacks-up against other houses in the same age range, along with the means to determine which areas of concern require the most immediate attention," Kuhn added.
For more information on HouseMaster and the Home Defect Survey, please visit http://www.housemaster.com/index.asp?p=buyers&s=defect.
Headquartered in Bound Brook, N.J., HouseMaster is the oldest and one of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America. With 371 franchise locations throughout the United States and Canada, HouseMaster is the most respected name in home inspections. For 30 years, HouseMaster has built upon a foundation of solid leadership and innovation with a continued focus on delivering the highest quality service experience to their customers and providing HouseMaster franchisees the tools and support necessary to do so. Each HouseMaster franchise is an independently owned and operated business. HouseMaster is a registered trademark of DBR Franchising, LLC.