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Home Inspections

A fresh coat of paint or new carpeting may disguise serious flaws. That's why you want to make sure a professional inspects your new home.

It's important to have a qualified inspector completely inspect the home you are planning to buy. If you by-pass the inspection and later discover that your house needs repairs, you will ultimately spend more money in the long run.

A qualified professional home inspector surveys the foundation and structure, roof, exterior, major systems (electrical, heating, cooling and plumbing), and appliances that stay with the home.

Tour the house with the inspector, who will point out potential trouble areas, as well as what's in good working order. If the inspection does uncover some flaws, a seller is often willing to make repairs, but it may depend on market conditions. Take notes as you tour. Get the inspection report in writing. This document will support or deny the repair contingency addendum to your agreement.

Home inspectors who primarily focus on structural integrity and working systems might not be qualified to conduct specialized inspections for radon, asbestos and lead paint - substances that in recent years have emerged as the most common environmental concerns for home buyers. Testing for these substances typically requires a specialist who will charge a fee beyond the basic cost of a general home inspection.

An inspection may take a few hours and cost a few hundred dollars, but it can save you time and headaches in the long run. Your real estate professional can recommend a professional inspector. We always recommend you get your own inspection with your own inspector.

As with any other inspection issue, the estimated expense of remedying a toxic substance situation may have already been factored into the home's listing price. Other times, the outcome of an inspection might become a negotiating point.

There are two methods regarding inspections in the North Carolina offer to purchase.

Reasons why every property should be inspected prior to purchase:

In summation all properties should be inspected. Inspect detached residences, attached residences, single-family dwellings, multifamily dwellings, condos, coops, townhouses, and anything else that has a foundation and a roof. Protect your investment by having it inspected.

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