As a prospective home buyer are you sophisticated in identifying problem areas in your potential new home? Most of us are not knowledgeable in identifying potential problem areas. You are in the process of making a very large investment, maybe the largest investment you'll ever make. For just a small investment now you may save substantial money in the future. Can you afford to not have a professional Home Inspector survey the premises for the integrity of the internal and external components of the dwelling?
The North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board has a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics governing licensed Home Inspectors. Here are a few areas that Home Inspectors look at:
Structural: The Home Inspector has specific guidelines to determine the integrity of the essential internal and external structural components. Home Inspectors are not structural engineers but can identify visual defects in these areas requiring immediate repairs.
Electrical: Do the outlets all work? Does the house use fuses or is their a breaker box? Are there any visible signs of fraying on the wiring?
Plumbing: Are their any leaks or annoying drips? Are all the mechanical systems and fixtures working properly?
Built-In Appliances: Are they functioning properly?
Safety Hazards: Home Inspectors are not environmental specialist, but they can identify many safety hazards or dangerous conditions.
Miscellaneous: Other items may or may not be included in a standard home inspection. Some of these may be : septic systems, roofs, drainage problems, wood decks, patios or other exterior structures. Be sure and verify which, if any, of these items are included in you home inspection.
Normally Not Included: Termite, geological or land subsidence surveys and environmental or pollution inspections which should be completed separately for your own protection.
Home Inspectors provide a unique customer service in identifying existing problem, should there be any, and assisting in promoting and facilitating communication with the home Seller. There are many Home Inspection companies to choose from. Your Realtor will have names of Inspectors utilized by some of our Clients or you can locate a licensed Inspector at www.nclhia.com, North Carolina Licensed Home Inspectors Association.
YOLANDA MARTIN HOMES RECOMMENDS YOU ALWAYS OBTAIN A GENERAL HOME INSPECTION AS WELL AS SURVEYS AND INSPECTIONS IN SPECIALIZED AREAS BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THE GENERAL HOME INSPECTION