Home Inspection

Why have a home inspection?

A home inspector is a licensed person whom a home buyer or seller hires to do an inspection of a property.  Their job is to look for possible issues in the home.  These issues will fall under several categories:

  • Structural: Is the home built to code for when it was constructed?  Are there problems in the structure? 
  • Electrical:  Do the outlets work properly? Lighting? Ground Fault Circuit Interrupts functioning?  Is the breaker box wired to the code?
  • Plumbing: Are there any leaks with the faucets, water lines, or drain lines?  Does the water heat work?
  • Built in Appliances:  Does the dishwasher run?  Does the stove eyes heat properly and the oven and broiler work?
  • Safety Issues:  Are there environmental issues?  Something in the house that might cause a safety issue?
  • Other systems: Roofing, septic systems, drainage of lot, standing water, concrete, trees or bushes too close to home, other structures.

The party who hires the home inspector gets a written report of the property and any issues that may be present are normally documented with photos.  Many home inspectors will also include handy maintenance tips for home buyers in their reports. 

What is a Survey?

A survey is conducted to show the boundaries lines, easements, and buildings on a property.  The survey with also so any incroachments on the property too.  Many lenders do not require surveys to be completed when a transactions occurs.  AgentOwned does recommend having a survey completed when purchasing a home. 

What is a CL-100?

Termites are prevalent in the southeast and lenders will require a "termite" inspection to be completed on a property prior to lending money.  This inspection is completed by a licensed pest control company and they will look for termites as well as other issues in regards to evidence pests.