What is a home inspection, and why is it important?
A home inspection is a thorough examination of a property’s condition, systems, and components. It’s crucial to identify potential issues and make informed decisions when buying or selling a home.
What does a typical home inspection cover?
A standard home inspection includes an assessment of the property’s structure, roof, foundation, electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems, and more.
How long does a home inspection usually take?
The duration varies but typically takes 3-4 hours for a thorough inspection of an average-sized home.
Can I attend the home inspection, and should I?
Yes, it’s highly recommended that you attend the inspection. It provides an opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the property. It is often much easier to explain items discovered in person on site.
Do you provide a written report after the inspection?
Yes, we provide a detailed written report with findings, including photographs and recommendations, typically within 24 hours, most times the same day.
Are you licensed and certified as a home inspector?
Yes, I am a licensed and certified home inspector with extensive training and experience.
What types of properties do you inspect?
We inspect a wide range of properties, including single-family homes, condos, townhouses, and multi-unit buildings.
Can a home inspection uncover hidden problems in a property?
Yes, a home inspection can reveal hidden issues such as structural defects, water damage, or faulty electrical systems.
How can I prepare for a home inspection as a seller?
Make ALL systems and utilities available. Make sure the electrical panel is easily accessible and the panel cover can be removed. Make sure the water and electrical is on in the home. Make sure the water heater breaker is on. Make sure the inspector has access to the attic and crawlspace (if present.) All windows, outlets, and switches should be accessible. Plumbing under sinks should be visible and accessible.
Can a home inspection help negotiate repairs or the sale price?
Absolutely. Inspection findings can be used in negotiations to address repair issues or adjust the sale price.
What is the difference between a home inspection and an appraisal?
A home inspection assesses the property’s condition, while an appraisal determines its market value.
Can you provide specialized inspections, like mold or radon testing?
We do not inspect for Radon. SCDHEC rates radon as a low concern for Horry and surrounding counties therefore testing is normally not recommended. Here is the map of historical radon levels for South Carolina. https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/BAQ_Radon_Map_2022_August_class.pdf
How far in advance should I schedule a home inspection?
It’s best to schedule an inspection as soon as you have an accepted offer, allowing time for any necessary negotiations.
What should I do if I have questions about the inspection report?
Feel free to contact us at any time to discuss the report, findings, or any concerns you may have.
How can I schedule a home inspection with your company?
You can easily schedule an inspection through our website, by phone, or by email. We’re here to assist you!