Top 5 Home Inspections

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.



Should You Buy New Construction or an Existing Home?

As a future homeowner, the option to purchase a newly constructed or existing home may cause a bit of a dilemma. Although twice as many people prefer new homes to existing homes, there are still important factors to consider when deciding to purchase new construction versus and older property.

Regardless of whichever option you may choose, make sure that you speak with a lender first prior to beginning your search. This will help tremendously in determining your budget for a mortgage and the maximum purchase price that you can spend on a property. It is also wise and beneficial (at no cost to you) to reach out to a buyer’s agent who will understand your needs and be knowledgeable about the current market and negotiation practices.

Before you settle on a property, here are some of the pros and cons of buying a newly constructed house versus an existing home.

You can customize new construction. Personalize your future home with a unique design and all of the fixtures and amenities that you desire (including lighting, flooring, granite, stainless steel appliances, and a custom color palette). This will allow you to have modern features such as walk-in closets, spacious bathrooms, and an open, eat-in kitchen. You’ll also save on having to do repairs for a few years.

But your home may lack the charm, character, and history of an older home that is ready to move in. You’ll also have to regularly check-in with the builders to make sure the home is constructed according your standards. This can be especially stressful because you won’t know what the final product will look like until it is complete which will take months and can often be delayed due to weather conditions.

As one of the first people to move into a new neighborhood, you’ll be able to choose your lot. The downside is that newly constructed homes are generally situated on smaller lots than older homes, which can mean significantly smaller yard space between you and your future neighbors.

Speaking of neighbors, you may not have any for quite some time. New construction, means that your neighborhood is still being developed and often times these new homes are located farther away from shopping areas and entertainment.

An older home is already situated within an established neighborhood which can provide access to community recreation (pools, dog parks, gyms), local grocery stores, and well-known schools.

New construction may come with loan incentives. You may be offered a deal to pay your closing costs, down payments, and even moving expenses.

Some builders may even entice buyers with luxurious perks, such as a car or a getaway vacation. Remember you’re searching for a new home not free gifts. Make sure you’re communicating with your agent. In North Carolina, builders aren’t obligated to follow standard state contracts and can have their own drafted by an attorney which may result in a lesser chance of negotiation.

Consider some of these key points when contemplating your decision and do your research! Both options come with advantages and disadvantages, which differs depending on a buyer’s needs and budget. Furthermore, it is best to remember that your home is an investment. This will be a place where you want to create memories, enjoy your space, and love your neighborhood. To learn more, check out our video on The Pros and Cons of Buying New vs Existing Home!

If you’re thinking about buying a home and you don’t know where to start, Perfect House Realty is here for you! The team at Perfect House Realty are committed to helping buyers and sellers in the Charlotte, North Carolina area understand their options. Our dedicated and trusted agent, Qulia Bryant, will get the job done. Call us at 833-704-HOME or find your dream home online.