So you have finally found your dream home for sale in Boone, NC and your offer on the property was accepted!
Congratulations! But now what?
When buying a new home you want to ensure that the property for sale doesn't have any hidden issues, and the best way to do that is by having a licensed home inspection professional evaluate the home.
The first thing you may be wondering is "do I have to get an inspection"? For the most part, the answer is no. But certain loans such as VA may require a pest inspection and water quality test to be performed.
"But it is a new construction home, surely there couldn't be anything wrong that I would need inspected." That is true - there shouldn't be, but we have certainly seen issues in new construction homes that were previously overlooked for one reason or another. After all, the contractor is typically the one selling the house and isn't necessarily working for you. We always recommend having an independent home inspection professional come take a closer impartial look at the home you are planning to purchase. There is nothing worse than putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into a home just to later discover an issue - whether it be major or minor. You should always know what you are getting into when buying a home. The due diligence period is designed for this very purpose.
So, what tests should I do on the property for sale?
We suggest at minimum starting with a general home inspection where a licensed professional will look in detail at various aspects of the home. This ranges from testing appliances, HVAC system and water heaters, to cracked windows, and possible plumbing or roof issues. Basically, if something doesn't appear to function property or looks suspicious, the home inspector will either make a suggestion as to how to fix it or recommend that you contact a licensed professional (i.e. roofer, electrician, etc) to take a deeper look. If you decide to be present at the inspection (which we also strongly suggest) the inspector will go over their report with you and point out any areas of concern. We also find that often times more detail may be given in person than is provided in the written report.
The price of a home inspection is typically based on square footage and range from $350+ depending on the size.
Other tests for your new home
Other additional tests include:
Pest Inspections average $85 and focus on wood destroying insects including termites, powderpost beatles, etc.
Septic Inspection These are typically around $250 if the system's location is known. If it isn't know, then there is usually a fee of $75 to locate the septic tank and $125+ to uncover/dig up the system to gain access depending on the depth and if heavy equipment is needed. The system is pumped in order to perform the inspection, so as least you will start with a clean slate so to speak.
Water Quality Test Water from wells and springs are typically tested for e-coli and total coli-form. In a typical test there is no pass/fail or percentages. Simple water quality tests only show if these bacteria are present or not and range from $50-80. Basic water quality tests are fairly straight forward and can be performed by you as the buyer, it is typically just more convenient for a professional to perform the test while they are already there. More advanced testing can be done for a number of other items in the water including lead and the hardness of the water.
Radon Test Radon is a radioactive gas that is released from decaying rock. There are acceptable levels of Radon that aren't of concern and it has even been found that granite countertops release a minute amount of Radon; however, high levels and prolonged exposure can cause major health concerns including lung cancer. Radon is typically easily mitigated with a fairly simple system that traps the gas and pumps it harmlessly out of the home. Radon tests range from $75-150 depending on the test method and typically take a few days to complete.
Mold Test are typically only performed if visible signs of mold are present. Mold tests average around $125.
If you have questions about inspections when buying a home in the Boone area, feel free to reach out to us at any time. We have an extensive list of trusted home inspectors and other professionals to help make sure you know what you are getting when you buy a new home.