When it comes to buying a home we at Carolina Crew Realty are a huge proponent of inspections. Every home is different and built to different qualities. No matter if you buying a new construction home in a Winston Salem suburb or a century old property in downtown we highly recommend inspections. Inspections come in all forms and types. The most common types of inspections include:


- Home Inspection

  1. -Termite Inspection

  2. -Radon Inspection

  3. -Survey

  4. -Septic Inspection

  5. -Water Inspection

  6. -Well Inspection

  7. -Structural Inspection

Home Inspection: This inspection is the core of the inspection array. In this case a licensed home inspector looks at all of the major components of the house including but not limited to: plumbing, electrical, roof, and safety items. This is inspection is broad and very general in nature but if an issues is suspected or discovered a specialist can be brought in for further analysis. The cost of this inspection can vary from $300-750 depending on the size of the home and whom you hire to conduct the inspection.


Termite Inspection: This one is always encouraged as it is inexpensive and can identify potential costly issues down the road. A termite inspection is usually well under $100 and while it is a basic inspection it can save a lot of time and money down the road. If you are a buyer and find termites in the house before you buy it then typically the sellers are forced to treat it since it becomes a material fact they must disclose to any future buyers. This one is well worth the money and highly recommended.


Radon Inspection: Radon is a tasteless, colorless, radioactive gas emitted from the decomposition of granite in the soil. It has serious health implications and has been linked to cases of lung cancer. It is a naturally occurring gas, but in some cases it can build up to unusually high levels in home. Especially in new homes where energy efficiency is a concern. In many cases tighter envelopes of new energy efficient homes can create higher levels of radon. Any home can have a higher level of radon than the EPA recommended level of 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L. The remedy to high levels of radon is called a mitigation system. This system is essentially a system of fans and vents to expel any gases that are being emitted in the crawl space or under the slab of a home.  Each home is different, and one home may have a high level of radon and the houses next to it may not. This test is usually around $100 and can be done by your home inspector or in some cases your pest control company.


Survey: A survey is always recommended since it is the only true way of knowing where your property lines are located. This way you can determine if the neighbors fence or building is encroaching onto your property. Then the seller can address any issues of boundary disputes before you close. This one is often expensive though depending on the side of the lot for the property you are buying. Again a survey is the only way to know exactly where your boundary lines are located as well as the exact size of the lot.


Septic Inspection: This is often required by the lender if you are getting an FHA loan and the home is on a septic system (not on public sewer). The process of a septic inspection is finding and digging up the septic tank to inspect for any physical damage. Likewise, they run water through it to make sure it is all running as it should. Most buyers will opt to have the tank pumped while this is being done just because they tank is already open.


Water Inspection: Getting a water inspection is a good idea if you are purchasing a property with a well. Since well water comes straight from the ground and never passes through a testing station. Often a well that has been sitting and not in operation for a while will need to be treated. This is an inexpensive test that will set you back about $45-65 depending on how many tests you have run.


Well Inspection: Most people get the well and water test confused. The well inspection is often done by a home inspector. However, a well company is your best bet when getting a well inspection done. They can inspect for various items including well pressure. Depending on the inspector they may also do a water test and they can treat a well if it is required.


Structural Inspection: This is often needed if the home inspector noted something that would require a licensed structural engineer to evaluate. Homes tend to settle over time and foundations and walls can shift. If this has occurred and it is observed by the buyer, agent, or home inspector they will suggest further evaluation. The structural inspector can usually prescribe a solution to stabilize the situation.