A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a residential dwelling which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of the dwelling. Components may include mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home. The intent is to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling.
Buyers Home Inspections:
A professional inspection provides home buyers the true condition of the home they are planning to purchase. Our quality home inspection can provide the valuable information necessary to make an informed purchase decision. The inspection cost is minor compared to the peace of mind that can be gained by knowing the true condition of the property.
Sellers Home Inspections:
Home sellers can use a home inspection to find items in need of servicing or repair before putting their home on the market. A home that is in top condition is easier to market and attracts better offers. Making repairs in advance helps reduce the stresses for everyone involved with the negotiation and closing process.
If you have owned your home for several years a home inspection can provide you with valuable information about needed repairs and necessary maintenance. All homes need regular maintenance and a thorough inspection can help protect the value of one of your largest investments. If no problems are found, you will have peace of mind in knowing that you are keeping up with the maintenance needs of your home.
New Home Warranty Inspections:
Your one-year builder’s warranty will expire usually within the first year after closing. Many times, the one-year warranty expiration marks the final opportunity to identify, document, and inform your builders of items that need repair or adjustment. All safety hazards, repairs, and adjustments should be professionally documented BEFORE your builder is relieved of their responsibility under the one-year warranty.
We will thoroughly inspect your new home and develop a list of warranty issues that may be covered by your builder. Our detailed and thorough inspections can reveal items that are safety hazards or are not performing their intended function.
A pre-drywall inspection is a crucial point in the construction process – it is the last possible time to find any defects, improper construction techniques or safety hazards. Once the drywall goes up, any existing problem will most likely be hidden. These defects eventually make themselves known in the form of a much bigger expense and inconvenience years down the road. New construction homes can be wonderful structures, but as technology advances, so does the speed that homes are built. Because homes are constructed much faster, it is becoming more common for problems/deficiencies to go unnoticed. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the county or city building inspector will notice everything that may be wrong with the house – some county / city inspectors spend only minutes at each lot. With our Pre-Drywall Inspection, we spend between two and three hours on site inspecting all components of the house and its major systems. We photograph any problems we find and provide you with a professional organized report that can easily be forwarded to the builder for correction.
New Construction/Final Walk Through Inspections
New construction/Final Walk Through Inspections are very similar to the Buyers Inspection but are performed at the completion of construction, and prior to your final walk through with the Builder’s Customer Service Representative or Superintendent.
It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the builder depending on the builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just before your final walk through with the builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection and better prepare you for the builder walk through. You do not want to be trying to get on the builder’s schedule after settlement, but you do want to move into your new home with as few worries as possible! After the inspection, you will receive the same quality communication and reporting as provided in the Buyers Inspection service.
Water Quality Testing:
Samples are collected and taken to an EPA-approved analytical lab (this allows us to get more accurate test results back to you faster!) Testing includes coliform/bacteria, lead, nitrate and nitrite which conforms to FHA and VA loan requirements. The results are available within 48 hours of the home inspection. Additional metals can be tested for an additional fee.
Pool and Spa Inspections:
AHIT certified North Carolina Pool and Spa inspector. A thorough visual inspection will be performed of the pool, decking, equipment and structural components, including materials used and their condition, will be detailed in the report delivered the next business day.
Will be performed by a Certified North Carolina Pest Control specialist the same day as your Home Inspection and a Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) approved for real estate transactions will detail all findings. Report will be available the next business day.
Dock & Seawall Inspections:
A thorough visual inspection and report to detail any major or minor deficiencies found. Inspection will include any pier or walkway attached to the dock. The condition of structural components, as well as electrical, plumbing, and decking materials used will be inspected and the detailed report will be part of the home inspection report.