It is a major accomplishment getting into a new home in Anderson, SC! Whether a first time buyer or a former homeowner or renter, it is a fun and exciting experience. We want to welcome you and make the process as easy as possible, making sure you are securing the right investment. Unfortunately, homes that have been in existence for years can have problems beneath the surface. These issues are often invisible to the untrained eye, and require special equipment that the average person does not have. Before committing at the closing table, having an experienced Anderson, SC home inspector can help save you from a world of headaches.
A trained home inspector will look at a variety of areas of a home to look for troubled spots:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a typical home inspection costs $300 to $500. It is believed by many that this is a must when looking to purchase a home, and the reason why many realtors recommend and refer to a home inspector.
Home inspections are an important step in the home-buying process. As a buyer, your lender may not require you to get a third-party inspection in order to qualify for a loan. But most real estate agents recommend you get an inspection, for your own protection. You may be required to pay the home inspection fee at the time of service, or it may be included in your closing costs
An inspection of a typical house takes two to three hours; inspections for larger homes with more square footage or, for example, with two or three HVAC systems will take longer and cost more. A home inspector may be able to inspect a small condo or mobile home in less time. A home inspection may cost more or less, depending on the square footage of the home and the items that must be covered in the inspection.
As a potential buyer, a home inspection is your authoritative proof of property problems. Most home purchase agreements are contingent upon the results of a home inspection, including a pest inspection. Armed with knowledge from your home inspection report, you may be able to either insist that the seller fix or repair certain issues before closing, renegotiate the price to reflect future repairs, or walk away without losing your earnest money.
Be aware that not all items on an inspection report are mandatory fixes or should be a cause to walk away from a deal. A home inspector may include cosmetic items, or note that something will cost money to repair in the future. For example, the inspector may note that the house will need a new roof at some point. That information helps you be an informed buyer, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house.
Although a home inspection costs money now, it can potentially save you far more, perhaps even tens of thousands of dollars. It’s better to know about termite problems, radon issues, or other problems before you buy a new home or condo than to be surprised by the cost to repair them further down the road.
Fondly known as the
Electric City, Anderson acquired its nickname in the late 19th century when it
became the first city in the South to make use of long distance cables to carry
electricity generated from hydroelectric power plants. Today, Anderson is also
known both as the “City of Hospitality” and the “Friendliest
City in South Carolina.” If you are looking to secure a home in Anderson,
or looking to get the most value out of the sale of your home, contact Carolina
Inspection Associates today. We will make sure everything is as it should in