Home Inspection Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home Inspection?

A HOME INSPECTION is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, you should have it thoroughly inspected before your transaction is completed by a licensed professional inspector.

Under North Carolina Law a home inspection is a "written evaluation of two or more of the following components of a residential building: heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, structural, foundation, roof, masonry, exterior, interior, or any other related housing components." N.C. General Statute 143-151.45.

For most home inspections, we visually and operationally inspect all nine systems described by the NC Licensure Board. Roofing, Exteriors, Interiors, Plumbing, Structural, Electrical, Heating\AC, Insulation and Ventilation, and lastly Built-in Kitchen Appliances

How much does it cost for an inspection?

A home inspection can vary in cost depending upon the size of the house and the age of the home. For the smallest houses, a home inspection might cost as little as $350. For a very large home an inspection could cost up to $1,000.

How should I determine which home inspector to hire?

A consumer should ask a few questions to determine which home inspector will be best for them. Is the inspector licensed with the state? How long have they been inspecting homes? Do they have other experience in the Triangle residential building industry? Do they have electrical, mechanical or general contractors’ licenses? What is the cost for a complete inspection of the home you are purchasing? What does the inspection include? Please remember, the price of the inspection should not be your primary concern. You should rely on recommendations and qualifications to select the best inspector for your needs.

Should I be present when the home inspection is performed?

Whenever possible, you should be present. The inspector can review with you the results of the inspection and point out any problems found. Usually the inspection of the home can be completed in two to three hours (the time can vary depending upon the size and age of the dwelling). The Home Inspector must give you a written report of the home inspection within three business days after the inspection is performed (This is required by NC law, unless otherwise stated in your contract with the Home Inspector). Once you have paid for the service, the report is your property. The Home Inspector may only give it to you and may not share it with other persons without your permission. Most home inspectors prefer to spend time with the buyer at the end of the inspection going over all notable findings.