Home Inspection Process
Asheville NC Home Inspections
Unless you are used to being able to look at an Asheville NC home and understand the condition of it in terms of the structural, electrical, plumbing, and cosmetic makeup, you need a home inspection. Of all the investments a person will make in their lifetimes, buying a home is the biggest. Before committing to the purchase of a house, it is good to get a third party assessment of the history of the house. Often an inspection will uncover many aspects to the house that are just not visibly apparent to the average person. A home inspection offers a form of protection before buying your new Asheville home and is money well spent.
Home inspections are known for looking at big ticket items but that isn't all they are about. The home inspection should be considered a road map of future repairs and/or maintenance problems, large and small, that could come up. It is an educational process that prevents future issues by being proactive with investing into before becoming a financial burden.
Choosing an Asheville NC Inspector
The art of the home inspection isn't always something that can or should be trusted to any carpenter, even if he is your uncle Charlie. There are many guidelines to a good and thorough home inspection, guidelines that a professional home inspector is fluent with. There are many inspectors who offer very detailed reports of their inspection. This type of report can often be used within negotiations during your home buying process. Rather than relying upon chance or clever advertising to choose your home inspector, get some advice from your real estate agent or a good friend with direct experience. You can generally expect to spend between $300-$450 for general home inspection.
Asheville NC Home Inspectors List
A general inspection involves, among other smaller areas, looking at the foundation, wiring, plumbing, heating /cooling system, chimney/fireplace, appliance inspection, siding, windows, doors, roof, exterior grading and landscaping. A particular location, circumstance, or general concern offer special areas of consideration. Other special areas of consideration might be things like water quality, radon, and lead paint. These might be considered for an extra fee or you may have to have them tested for separately. Other areas to consider include water and sewer. If not on municipal sewer, you may want to have the septic tank and septic leach field inspected by a septic company. Then you will need to factor in local well capacity and flow rates if you are not on municipal water.
Timing Home Inspections
A home inspection is usually scheduled right after the price of the house is agreed upon. It is usually done within 10 days in order to get this aspect of the process out of the way in the beginning of the deal before you start spending money on appraisals and legal work. Although home inspectors can go through their busy periods, most home inspectors can schedule you within a few days of calling.
How Long for Asheville Home Inspection
Most often only the buyer, and Realtor, and inspector are present for the inspection. It’s best not to have children with you so you can concentrate on learning about the home. The average inspection will take between 2 and 4 hours. If you choose to hire additional inspections such as for the septic or well, these would usually be done a few days later after you are satisfied with the general inspection before you incur additional costs.
Finding Issues from Your Asheville Home
Most inspections are to the buyer’s satisfaction or they don’t have to purchase the house. Although it is generally up to the seller to offer any concessions based on problems found during the inspection, if there are larger issues found these may be fuel for further negotiations. What determines some of these concessions are the agreed upon price and the severity of the defects found. Some issues may require having a contractor, electrician, roofer, plumber, etc, to come out for further investigation. When additional items are found, it often necessitates a time extension for the home inspection period.
Call us at (828)-215-9064 or contact Green Mountain Realty to learn more about the home inspection process.