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Inspections? Do I need one?

Should I Order a Home Inspection?

You are now under contract on your dream home. CONGRATULATIONS! You’re in your due diligence period now and aren’t sure whether or not you should order inspections or what inspections to even consider getting? Read this brief blog to find out more on whether or not you should have inspections done. (Spoiler alert, yes you should have inspections done!)

General Home Inspection: 

If you can’t afford to do a lot of inspections, THIS is the one you should have done at minimum. What is a home inspection? A home inspection is when a home inspector comes out and inspects from the top of your roof all the way to the lowest part of your home (crawl space…basement…) They will send out a lengthy inspection report showing you things that need correcting or even pointing out where things are in your home (ex: where a main water shut off would be). This inspection is pretty basic and may require further inspection. An example would be that generally they look at a heating/cooling system and check to see if it produces hot air and cool air. If something doesn’t click on like it should, you may want to have a Heating and Cooling inspector and take a look at the overall unit. 

Pest Inspection/Moisture Levels:

This is another important inspection to have, especially in hot South Carolina! Termites, carpenter bees, ants and all sorts of critters could be hiding in your home. Hiring someone to come and take a look around to see if there’s any present or past damage done to the home. Typically, a pest inspector also looks at the moisture level in your crawl space/basement area. You want to make sure your home is sitting in too high of a moisture level as it can invite mold/pests into your home.  

Survey: 

A survey may be a good idea to have! Oftentimes agents are able to give you lot lines based on what the county/city may be taxing you on. However, those lines aren’t always as accurate as a survey would be! A survey is a great tool to see where exactly your lot lines are and discover if you have any neighbors encroaching on your property. 

Water/Septic Inspection:

A water test/well inspection is a good indicator of what is in your water! A basic water test typically consists of finding out if you have e coli or coliform in your water. You can also order a more broad water test to determine more of what’s in your water. A well inspection breaks down the components in your well and makes sure that everything is functioning as intended. During a septic inspection, they will typically pump your septic first and then inspect the tank. They will make sure there’s no cracks or roots growing in your tank. It’s nice to move into a home that has a cleaned out septic tank!

Anything Important to YOU: 

As a real estate agent, I always like to recommend having an inspection done on something that you would hate to have a surprise to fix after you move in. For example, your seller doesn’t know when the roof was last replaced and the general home inspection notated some shingles missing. Maybe it’s important to go ahead and schedule a roofer to go out and inspect it. Are you worried about the age of the electrical system? Let’s get an electrician to come out and look at it. There’s so many more inspections you can have done than the ones in this blog, but I highly recommend investigating to the best and most of your ability. It is better to spend a few hundred dollars on inspections than to make a hundred thousand dollars mistake in buying something you didn’t know more about. 

Should you have an inspection done? Yes. Always yes. When you are preparing to purchase a home, make sure to budget in the cost of the inspections you would like done. Talk to your agent to see who they would recommend using and what to expect in cost for each inspection. Remember, not every inspector is made equally. I recommend using someone that your agent trusts and you trust (do research, Google reviews…etc.) Another great reason to have inspections done is that you can bring some of the issues of the home to the seller and hopefully work together on any repairs/credits that the seller may be willing to do. Don’t make the mistake of buying a home you don’t know anything about!

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