What all is inspected during a home inspection?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
Is a home inspection really necessary?
Homes, like cars, require maintenance. You don’t want to purchase a home and then realize that the roof, electrical service or plumbing needs to be replaced after the closing is done. A home inspection helps protect you from those situations and gives you a negotiating point for repairs to be completed before or after closing.
Can I perform my own home inspection?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
When is the right time to schedule an inspection?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Do I have to be present for the inspection?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
What happens if there are problems found?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
How long does an inspection take?
The inspection usually lasts between two to three hours depending on size, age and condition. Additional services may require additional time.
I found another inspector for less. Why shouldn’t I use them instead?
Every inspector is different and comes with strong points and weak points. You may save $50 by choosing a cheaper inspector and he could miss $1,000 in problems. Usually, the best inspectors are not the cheapest. If you want to save money, possibly thousands, then don’t choose the cheapest inspector. A thorough and experienced home inspector is the best route to take.
You can buy a $30 bottle of wine or a $3 bottle. Both are wine but there can be a notable difference between the two. The same is true for inspectors.
Do you offer radon testing?
Yes we do! We offer radon testing as part of a home inspection or as a stand alone service. Visit our radon resources here.
Other inspection companies offer radon testing with their inspection why don’t you?
In short because a home cant be inspected for radon during the time it takes to perform a home inspection which is what is being offered by many other home inspection companies.
The EPA and DHEC state:
There are two types of radon tests:
- Short-term tests offer a quick and cheap way to test for radon. Short-term tests take from two(2) to 90 days (depending on the device used). Once the test kit is submitted to the laboratory, lab results usually take two to four weeks to be received. Keep in mind that test results can only measure the radon levels in your home during the test period.
- Long-term tests stay in place for more than 90 days. The results from a long-term test give a better picture of your family’s actual radon exposure.
The short term testing instruments are only accurate within 20% after 7 days! In the 2-3 hours it takes to perform an inspection there is no method that can accurately detect and report on the actual presence of or amount of radon in a home. We could offer this same “service” but we pride ourselves in offering complete and honest reporting.
What do radon test results mean?
The amount of radon in your home is measured in pico Curies per liter of air (pCi/L). The EPA recommends that there be no more than 4 pCi/L of radon in your home. This is referred to as the “action level.” The action level is the point where the risk of radon exposure justifies the cost of repairs. Because there is no completely safe level of radon, the EPA also recommends that you consider fixing your home if you find radon levels between 2 and 4 pCi/L.
Conduct a short-term radon test. If the result is 4 pCi/L or higher, conduct a follow-up test
When is payment due and what forms of payment do you take?
Payment is generally rendered at the time of service. We accept cash, check, credit card, PayPal, Cash App and Venmo. A 3.5% processing charge is added to credit card transactions. Payment at closing can be accepted in certain circumstances.