Finding the perfect home can be a dream come true, but your work doesn’t end once you go under contract on a property. A home inspection is the next step in making sure your future home is in good shape and safe for you to live. The price of an inspection will vary depending on your home’s location and the size of the property, but here are our top five suggested inspections you should consider before moving in.
Full Home Inspection: Whether you’re preparing to move into a townhouse, multifamily, or newly constructed home, a full home inspection should always be a priority. This type of inspection will examine all of the systems of the home from the interior to the exterior, roof to crawl space. It will also inform you of any other potential inspections you may need, especially in regards to receiving further evaluation from a general contractor, structural engineer, electrician, or a roofer.
Mold Inspection: This inspection is suggested for properties that are located near flood zones or even homes with a stucco exterior. Mold (or mildew) is a fungal growth which indicates decay or water problems caused by a source of moisture and structural issues on your property.
Radon Inspection: Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can seep through cracks or holes in the foundation of your home and become trapped. High levels of radon can be dangerous, especially considering that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. You should also test for carbon dioxide if detectors aren’t already installed on the property.
Termite Inspection: Termites are a popular problem in North Carolina and South Carolina, so it is highly recommended the buyers in these areas get a termite inspection along with a full home inspection. This is imperative for getting rid of any wood-destroying insects or pests that can become a huge cost to you in the future if the issue goes untreated.
Well Water Inspection: Another popular inspection in the North Carolina and South Carolina area is the well water inspection. This will test properties located near a well or septic for any bacteria, contaminants, or high levels of lead in the water. You want to make sure your source of water is clean, free, and can pass a chemical test.
These five inspections are highly encouraged for any potential home buyer and should be completed during your due diligence period. This will assure that you will still be able to negotiate repairs and pricing if any issues arise and are brought to your attention through an inspection.
If you’re a potential home buyer and you have any questions or concerns about the buying process, we’re here to help! You can check out more tips on home inspections in our video on Necessary Home Inspections. Our dedicated and trusted agent, Qulia Bryant, is committed to helping buyers understand their options and will get the job done. Call us at 833-704-HOME or find your dream home online.