Once you’ve scheduled your home inspection with Step By Step Inspections, we’ll provide our Inspection Agreement for you to review. This document outlines the inspection process and gives you a better idea of what to expect.
We welcome and encourage you to join us during the inspection. This is a valuable opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of your home and its components.
A pre-purchase inspection reduces the risk of costly surprises and helps in budgeting future home maintenance costs. We include thermal imaging at no extra charge with each Buyers Inspection to give the greatest amount of information about your home.
After your inspection, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to renegotiate the terms of the sale or ask the seller to make repairs.
We inspect according to South Carolina standards and adhere to InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. An average inspection takes at least three hours and includes the following aspects of your home:
- Roof & Gutters
- Exterior Features
- Interior Features
- Electrical Systems
- Plumbing Systems
- Heating & Cooling Systems
- Slab Foundation
- Infrared Thermal Imaging
We include thermal imaging with our Buyers and Sellers Inspections at no extra charge.
Thermal imaging allows us to uncover issues in your home that are undetectable by conventional inspection methods, such as energy loss, moisture intrusion, electrical faults, and possible pest infestations.
A thermal imaging scan can also be purchased separately as an add-on to any of our other inspection services.
Additional Inspection Services
This inspection covers all the same features as our Buyers Inspection, only it’s performed for the homeowner/seller before placing their home on the market. A Pre-Listing Inspection gives you the opportunity to address any issues and offer buyers full-disclosure upfront. In the shifting real estate market, buyers are increasingly sensitive about knowing the true condition of the property. We’ve found that Pre-Listing Inspections result in fewer negotiations and surprises, and a often sell for more than a home that’s not been pre-inspected.
More benefits to the seller are:
- Buyers know that the sellers are committed to selling the home and are sincere in their efforts to present their home’s condition fairly and accurately. This relieves the potential buyer of concerns and suspicions during the sale process.
- Litigation is less likely for improper disclosure, and your odds are far better that a deal will close swiftly and smoothly.
- You can make repairs ahead of time yourself, or get reasonably priced contractors to complete the repairs.
- The Pre-Listing Inspection may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as safety hazards.
If you want to sell your home quickly and for more profit, please contact us for a Pre-Listing Inspection today!
Home Maintenance Inspection
As a homeowner, it’s important to have periodic inspections so you know the condition of your home and can plan appropriately for needed repairs and future maintenance.
1 Year/Builder’s Warranty Inspection
If you live in a newly built home, your Builder’s Warranty will expire at the end the first year after closing. The one-year warranty expiration date marks your last opportunity to identify, document, and inform your builder of items that need repair or adjustment.
All safety hazards and areas of concern should be professionally documented before your builder is relieved of their responsibility under the one year warranty.
Hire Step By Step Inspections to inspect your home in the 11th month, and we’ll prepare a thorough list of warranty issues for you to share with your builder. We’ll make sure you understand our findings so you’re prepared for that conversation.
Educated homeowners are often more successful in getting the builder to correct items in need of repair. Protect yourself today by scheduling your warranty inspection so you don’t pay out-of-pocket for items covered by your warranty!
New Construction Inspection
Are you building a home in the Tri-County Area? Please consider hiring Step By Step Inspections to examine your property before your final walkthrough with your builder.
An impartial, professional inspection will reveal any concerns you should address with your builder prior to issuing your last payment.
Pre Drywall Inspection
We offer Pre-Drywall Inspections on new construction projects. Hire us to review the completed components of your home before the walls go up and they’re hidden from view.
Insurance Inspection Services
Hire Step By Step Inspections to inspect your home for key features intended to reduce the amount of damage cause by high winds during a hurricane or tropical storm. Our Wind Mitigation Inspection saves you money by determining which credits apply for insurance purposes.
4 Point Inspections
A 4 Point Inspection is often required by insurance companies for older homes. This inspection covers the four major components of your home; the roof, HVAC system, plumbing system, and electrical system. Your report will document any issues discovered and also note the age of these major systems.
Your Inspection Results
We are available at any time to answer questions about the inspection or explain items in your report. Our goal is to give you a great understanding of your home so you can make a confident decision about your purchase.
We would be honored to help you with your next home inspection and welcome you to contact us today!