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Your Home Inspection Checklist: What's Covered

By Tiffany Raiford

As a consumer, you simply cannot purchase a home in South Carolina without first receiving a home inspection. Even if your dream house appears perfect inside and out, it could be littered with issues that will cost you thousands of dollars in home repairs and endless stress. A home inspector's job is to check the home you intend to purchase from top to bottom to ensure that you are aware of damage or potential problems areas that require assistance.

What do Home Inspectors Cover?

While it largely depends on the type of home you intend to purchase, all home inspections cover basic areas of the home. For example, purchasing a South Carolina historic home means you will need a more detailed and in-depth home inspection than you would if you purchased a brand-new condo on the beach. All home inspections in South Carolina, however, cover what follows.

  • Structure of the home
  • Exterior of the home, Roofing, Air Conditioning, and Heating Systems
  • Plumbing, Electrical, and Ventilation and Insulation
  • Interior of the home

The Structure of Your Home

Inspecting the structure of your home is vital because this determines how well your home will fare against poor weather and even gravity. If your home is structural unsound, it is not safe for you to occupy the dwelling. There are safety measures that must be considered in order for the structure of a home to be considered sound.

Exterior, Roofing, Heating, and Air

Your inspector will check to see that your windows, doors, roof and exterior structures such as porches and patios are sound. Your inspector should go as far as to see that the siding, sidewalks, and even the gutters are in good condition. The roof is important because it is what protects you from the elements. If your roof is damaged, your home could have water damage. This is a very expensive fix you do not want to take responsibility for after you take custody of the home. Your inspector will also check to see that your heat and air systems are in working order. Ducts, chimneys and flumes will all be thoroughly inspected.

Plumbing, Electrical, Ventilation and Insulation

The condition of your electrical and plumbing work is exceptionally important. An inspector will check to see that all your electrical wiring and plumbing are intact. These fixes are not inexpensive, and knowing what needs attention prior to closing on the property means you have the opportunity to ask the sellers to handle it first. Additionally, your home inspection can save you a significant amount of money if problems are discovered in the ventilation and insulation. If air and/or heat are leaking out of your home, your electric bill will skyrocket.

Interior of Your Home

The inside of your home is the most important part of your house. You need an inspection to make sure your stairs, floors, ceilings, appliances, and other interior features are in good condition. While these repairs aren't as expensive as others, they are still costly.

A home inspection is always a good idea. Prior to purchasing a new home, make sure you get it inspected. It can save you much time and money in addition to providing you with peace of mind if you have your home inspected prior to closing. Furthermore, if your inspector recommends a secondary inspection, take it.

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