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A home inspection is an objective, visual examination of all a home’s major components. Think of it like having a personal physical check-up that includes blood pressure, reflexes, temperature, etc., only on the home.

The home inspector is required to observe readily visible and accessible installed systems which include: structural components, exterior, grounds or property surrounding the home, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, central air conditioning, interiors, built-in kitchen appliances, insulation and ventilation. The home inspector shall operate the mechanical systems using normal operating controls except when conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage. The minimum standards for home inspections in North Carolina are established by the NC Licensed Home Inspector Board and can be reviewed at www.nchilb.com.

It isn’t required for you to be present at the inspection; however, being at the inspection will help you learn about your new home. The inspector can give you tips on maintenance and upkeep. Plus it’s a good time for you to ask questions.

Normally, it’s a good idea to call in an inspector after you have made an offer to purchase the property and before closing. Many “offer to purchase” contracts include an “inspection clause” in the contract, making your purchase contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This inspection clause often specifies the timeframe when the inspection must be completed.

Yes, in North Carolina, all home inspections performed for a fee are required to be done by a NC Licensed Home Inspector. The regulatory body governing home inspectors in North Carolina is the NC Home Inspector Licensure Board. Their home page is www.nchilb.com

No house is perfect. Just because the house may have some problems doesn’t mean it isn’t a good investment. The inspection will help you understand the condition of the house. It is up to you and your contract with the seller to determine which problems you can live with, if you may be able to get repairs done before closing, or to negotiate with the seller on the price of the home.

Inspection fees vary depending upon the size of the house. Typical, fees can start as low as $180.00 for small condominiums or homes and can cost in excess of $600.00 for mansion sizes. Inspection fees are not regulated and it is a good idea to check local prices on your own.

Of course you can inspect the home yourself. However, most homeowners lack the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. Professional home inspectors are familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance and will document their findings to you in writing.

Yes, in North Carolina, all home inspections performed for a fee are required to be done by a NC Licensed Home Inspector. The regulatory body governing home inspectors in North Carolina is the NC Home Inspector Licensure Board. Their home page is “nchilb.com”.

No house is perfect. Just because the house may have some problems doesn’t mean it isn’t a good investment. The inspection will help you understand the condition of the house. It is up to you and your contract with the seller to determine which problems you can live with, if you may be able to get repairs done before closing, or to negotiate with the seller on the price of the home.

No, a house can not fail since the inspection is an objective, visual examination of a home’s structure, systems and mechanical systems. A home inspection is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. A home inspection in this context cannot pass or fail; it is simply reporting the condition of the home from a visual examination of the structure and systems at that point in time.

A friend or business associate who has been satisfied with a home inspector they have used can be a good source. The names of North Carolina Licensed Home Inspectors Association members can be found by searching our online database (Locate a home inspector). NCLHIA Home Inspectors are those individuals that have invested valuable time and resources to belong to our association, which promotes excellence in home inspections and integrity above all. Also, most real estate agents are usually familiar with home inspection services and should be able to provide you with a list of names; they are experienced with, from which to choose.

It isn’t required for you to be present at the inspection; however, being at the inspection will help you learn about your new home. The inspector can give you tips on maintenance and upkeep. Plus it’s a good time for you to ask questions.

Normally , it’s a good idea to call in an inspector after you have made an offer to purchase the property and before closing. Many “offer to purchase” contracts include an “inspection clause” in the contract, making your purchase contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This inspection clause often specifies the timeframe when the inspection must be completed.

"We had the absolute pleasure of working with Insight Inspection Services. They communicated every aspect of their services before beginning the inspection process. Careful attention to detail was performed and the process was carried out completely. You’ll be greeted with an awesome customer experience. We can’t say enough to express our satisfaction. We highly recommend Insight Inspection Services." - Dottie

"Elliot is as thorough and professional as they come. I’m a first time homebuyer and I couldn’t be happier with his level of expertise and meticulous diligence. He treats all his home inspections as if he were doing it for his own home. This level of commitment and passion is incomparable." - Michael

"Elliott exemplifies a true businessman. His professionalism and knowledge is outstanding. I would recommend his services to all home buyers." - Regina

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