Ultimate Home Inspection Checklist For Buyers

Realtor helping home buyers with their home inspection checklist in Boone, NC

If you’re thinking about buying a property in Boone, North Carolina, or anywhere else in the world, getting a house inspection should be on your priority list. Home inspections are extremely helpful for all buyers; from first-time homeowners to seasoned investors.

Let’s dive in and run through the details of home inspections, specifically to how they relate to buying property in the High Country.

What is a Home Inspection?

First off, you might be wondering “what exactly is a home inspection?”

In short, a home inspection is a thorough and all-encompassing examination of the subject property. In North Carolina, house inspectors must be licensed and should bring a wealth of knowledge to the table.

Your due diligence period should be structured around your ability to schedule a house inspection, among other things. While house inspections are not required in North Carolina, they are almost always recommended.

A quality house inspection will help you identify things such as:

  • Water intrusion (of particular importance in our climate here in the High Country)
  • Foundation issues
  • Roof status
  • Electrical issues
  • Safety and structural concerns

Home inspections are often confused with home appraisals. Since each inspection focuses on one aspect of the property, rather than its overall value, inspections and appraisals differ.

Prospective Buyer’s Home Inspection Process

In this historically competitive market, buyers have been making offers that waive contingencies we traditionally see, including house inspections.

In general, this is not recommended unless you have a high level of confidence in the property and/or your ability to assess the property yourself. If you’re buying a home sight unseen, you’ll definitely want to consider a comprehensive inspection.

The seasoned and well-connected team at 828 Real Estate can and will help you find a house inspector that suits your needs and schedule. Though some sellers will “pre-inspect” and provide that report to prospective buyers, it is still not a bad idea for a buyer to have their own inspection.

The idea behind a house inspection is to get a sort of “cover-all” inspection that hits all the major components of a house, though none of them in extreme depth.

What Gets Inspected Before You Buy a House?

Your house inspection will be made up of various sections before you actually buy the house. Here are a few things that may get inspected:

Exterior: the inspector will look at the roof, siding, gutters, foundation, grading, decks, porches, etc.
Attics and Basements: the inspector is looking for evidence of water intrusion, insulation, varmint or pest infestation, etc.
Plumbing: the inspector will analyze the hot water heater, type of plumbing (pex, copper, polybutylene, iron), the functionality of faucets and toilets, etc.
HVAC/Electrical: the inspector will test HVAC systems, the electrical panel, lighting, outlets, etc.

Other inspection add-ons might include radon testing, water quality testing, well production testing, and other specific items pertinent to the property or the High Country.

Wells and septic tanks are other common inspections often associated with rural real estate inspections.

What Happens After Inspection?

After the inspection, your house inspector will put the inspection report together and share it with you. At that point, you may want to share with your real estate agent, so that you can both look at it together and get on the same page. The inspector will also go through the report with you if you wish.

Once you and your realtor have reviewed the report, you may consider enlisting a general contractor, engineer, or other specialists to look into specific items in more detail. The inspector and your real estate agent should be able to help you make these determinations.

Using Your Report

Once you have thoroughly reviewed your house inspection, it is time to decide how to use the information in the report. There is a range of options, from the inspection prompting you to terminate the contract, giving you information for items that you would request the sellers to address before closing via a due diligence request, or just giving you peace of mind about the status of the home.

Your realtor should be able to help you navigate this process, from negotiations and repairs to understanding how to process or address specific items in your inspection report!

About the Author

Shalamar Blevins grew up in Ashe County, right next to the North Fork of the New River. Shalamar loves the outdoors after spending most of her life kayaking and hiking in her own front yard. 

Throughout her life, Shalamar tried to learn every art form she could get her hands on, from ceramics to African Batiking! Being creative and adding a splash of lively color is Shalamar’s superpower. After studying the classic mediums from local masters such as Stephen Shoemaker and Lenore DePree, Shalamar attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston- Salem before attending UNC-Asheville. After graduating in 2011, Shalamar spent time traveling through Europe and Asia before moving back to the North Carolina High Country to start her own studio and to work for Florence Thomas Art School.

To this day Shalamar still loves to travel and hosts small art classes on location and at festivals. She joined the 828 Real Estate gang in the fall of 2021. Since then, she has been working diligently to provide their agents and clients with the latest marketing tools, while celebrating the adventures that await in the 828! Shalamar got married to wonderful fellow Ashe County native, Micheal the summer of 2021. Micheal is a 13 year US Army Veteran, recently graduated from Nursing school and just started a career at Watauga Medical. They have 2 fur babies, an Australian Shepherd named Quill and Chocolate Lab named Brody. These boys keep Mike and Shalamar on their toes!

 When Mike and Shalamar aren’t working on their garden and home improvement ventures, they love spending time with their big family and friends while exploring the local music and art scene of NC High Country!