Home Inspections

Getting your future home inspected is an integral part of the buying process. Although you are excited about settling in a home inspector may uncover issues that could make you reconsider your purchase. With the help of your Sands agent, you may want to ask for repairs, renegotiate the price, or back out of the contract.

We encourage inspections for our buyers who are purchasing to be built or newly constructed homes as well. Why not have your builder fix problems before you take possession of the home, rather than deal with a warranty issue later? In this article, we’ll help you understand what Myrtle Beach home inspections entail. If you are purchasing a new home, be sure to read our new home inspections section.

At Sands Realty, we encourage you to hire a professional home inspector once you are under contract to purchase a home. On our Preferred Vendors page we have a list of inspectors we’ve worked well with in the past from which you can choose, or visit the CCAR website for a more comprehensive list of professional Myrtle Beach Home Inspectors.

Obtaining an inspection is part of your due diligence as a home buyer. We want you to be aware of problems before – rather than after – you own the home. Of course, you should be aware that a home inspection is not exhaustive – some issues may be left undiscovered – but having an inspection will
certainly provide more information about the property than forgoing this step.

Inspections are ideally scheduled within the option period to allow the buyer time to review the inspector’s findings before committing to the purchase. The home buyer will receive a full report within a day or two after the inspection and will have the opportunity to discuss the findings with the inspector and their Realtor.

The price of a home inspection is based on the size and age of the home, as well as any special
inspection items such as a pool, sprinkler system, termites, and septic system. Sands Realty typically sees clients paying between $450-$650 for a thorough home inspection.

WHAT'S INSPECTED

Foundation:

The inspector will look for cracks, differing grades, erosion, water pooling and the efficiency of the foundation’s drainage.

Roofing Materials:

Skylights, evidence of water penetration and the roof’s materials will all be noted.

Roof Structure and Attic:

The attic’s ventilation, insulation, degree of completion and ease of access will be reported.

Interior and Exterior Walls, Ceilings, Floors, and Doors:

Here, the inspector wants to make sure there are efficient escape routes available to residents and that there is no water penetration.

Porches, Balconies, Decks, and Carports:

Generally, the home inspector makes sure that all porches, balconies, etc. have sure footing, guardrails and were constructed properly.

PLUMBING SYSTEMS

When it comes to plumbing, inspectors will look for deficiencies such as leaks and the lack of water pressure and water supply to showers and sinks. They will also check for drippy faucets and cranky commodes.

Appliances:

The appliance inspection is relatively thorough. Deficiencies from the home’s stove, dishwasher, food waste disposal, range exhaust vent, oven and microwave oven, trash compactor, garage door operators, doorbell and dryer vents – just to name a few – will be included in the final report.

HVAC and Electrical

Electrical panels should all be grounded, insulated and not placed in a hazardous location, e.g. the bathroom. The inspector will also make sure that your AC and heating equipment each have functioning units, valves, coils, and thermostats, and that they are not
corroded in any way.

CONTACT Sands Realty

If you have questions about the home inspection process, please don’t hesitate to call your Sands Realty agent. Alternatively, complete the contact form below and an agent will get back to you within 24 hours.

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