In Georgia and South Carolina, Buyers have a "Due Diligence" period. During this time, Buyers can conduct whatever inspections they choose, at their expense, and investigate all aspects of their future home for defects. One of the
most efficient tools to help Buyers accomplish the task is the Home Inspection.
A home inspection is meant to detail problems with a house and if they’re serious enough to prevent a sale. The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and remaining useful life of major systems.
It’s a good idea to be present during the inspection: you can ask questions and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours (old homes may take longer) and to cost $200-$500, depending on size.
To hire an inspector, get recommendations from others or check the phone book under “Home Inspection.” Be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, training, and experience. It is important to know that in Georgia,
Home Inspectors are not licensed or managed in any way. In South Carolina, however, all Home Inspectors must be licensed by the State of South Carolina. Your Real Estate Agent can help you locate Inspectors that are properly licensed and
well known within the local community for excellent service.