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WE ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENCOURAGE ALL HOME BUYERS TO HAVE THE HOUSE CHECKED OUT BY A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTOR.

This inspection will hopefully uncover any hidden mechanical or structural defects that may exist. The Offer to Purchase has language which requires the seller to repair these defects, or lower the price by the cost of repair. If the seller refuses to make good any structural or mechanical defects then you can legally get out of the contract.

This does not apply to cosmetic problems or items that are obvious, i.e. carpet stains, paint, fogged windows, etc. The only items that we can expect the seller to make good on are mechanical ( heat/air system, plumbing, electrical, etc. ) and structural items ( roof, windows, siding, foundation, etc. ) that are not performing their intended purpose.

Fee structures vary amongst inspectors and sometimes depend upon the square footage of the dwelling. It is well worth the cost for the peace of mind!

Typically the home inspection won't find much wrong with a house. Most owners are pretty diligent at keeping up with maintenance and repairs and the home inspections come back with nothing important and a bunch of minor details that the inspector felt obligated to point out.

But even the best kept house can have problems that the seller is unaware of, especially since most of the owners live somewhere else. We sold a house one time that had just had a $14,000 exterior paint job done by the seller. The house looked good to the naked eye but to the home inspector it was another story. The siding was defective and had to be replaced. The buyer received a $30,000 credit for siding repair at closing.

We have seen pilings that were rotten but not where they could be seen. The inspector had to probe down below the surface of the ground to discover the rotten wood. Rotten pilings are not that big a deal if you know about them. It is a big deal if you just purchased a home and all your cash is tied up in that home. The pilings were replaced and the buyer bought the home.

The most common item found in home inspections is electrical problems. GFCI outlets older than 10 years are almost always defective. The ones in your house might not be working. You will find GFCI's around sinks and on decks and patios. They are designed to protect from electrocution around water. Push the test button to make sure yours work.

Another electrical problem we are starting to see more of is where the power line connects to the houses at the electric meter. The metal box the holds ht main power supply and the meter rusts out from the salty conditions here on the Outer Banks. Sometimes the rust gets so bad someone could put their hand inside and die. This repair can be costly and it is one that should not and can not be overlooked. There is too much liability to ignore potential dangerous hazards.

So, while a home inspection might seem expensive if it does not uncover any problems it is still cheap peace of mind. If you decide you do not want a home inspection you will be required to sign a piece of paper that says we begged you to get one but you chose not to.

We strongly recommend that every buyer have a home inspection done on the house or condo they are trying to purchase before the closing takes place. If there are problems with the house it is better to find out before too much money and time is lost. Home inspections are not very expensive and the peace of mind is priceless. Below is a list of some of the better home inspectors on the Outer Banks and some links to home inspector organizations and home inspector directories.

HouseChek Inspections
Doug Mickle
520 Meadow Lane
Corolla, NC
252-453-9687
housechek@charter.net

Cottage to Castle Home Inspections
TJ Jones
112 Meekins Dr.
Manteo, NC
252-256-0650
cottagetocastle@charter.net

Coastland Building Inspections
Robert Fincham
Phone: 252-449-4310

Coastal Home Inspection
Matt Lowcher
216 Windjammer Rd.
Nags Head,
Phone: 252-441-0802
Email: chilowcher@embarqmail.com

Exclusive Buyer Agency

Signing an exclusive buyer agency agreement/contract sounds like a good idea. Right? Having an agent work for you is a good idea, isn't it? The problem is the agent doesn't work exclusively for you but you will have to work exclusively with the agent... read more.

Out of State Purchases

If you find the property that you would like and are considering buying it but you live out of sate and you have to go back home, don't worry... read more

Rental Rebate

When you buy a house that already has rental reservations, there might have been money collected, and it belongs to you... read more

Flood Insurance

All of the Outer Banks is in some type of flood zone... read more

Rental Agencies

There are many different styles of managing a vacation rental house. Each rental department has their own characteristics and there are deferent strategies involved... read more

Beach Access

Just because you are at the beach does not mean that every location is a good one... read more

Ground Floor Enclosures

If there is a ground floor enclosure, you or your real estate agent need to do some investigating... read more

Not Ready Yet

Not quite ready to take the big step? No hurry, just start doing your homework now... read more

Attorneys

The buyer and the seller each need to hire their own attorney... read more

Square Footage

The actual square footage of the houses might not be what is advertised... read more

Earnest Money

When an offer is written on a piece of real estate, one of the items that needs to be addressed is the earnest money... read more

Title Insurance

Title insurance protects your deed against any problems which show up after you make your home purchase... read more

Seasonal Buying Trips

Long distance traveling to look at houses you might consider purchasing requires some planning. Here are a few weather related tips for planning your trip.

Spring This is the time to get your foot in the door and have all of the prepaid rental reservation money refunded to you at closing... read more

Summer Once the the summer vacation season arrives it becomes much harder to look at homes for sale... read more

Fall This is when a seller is in their best position to make a deal... read more

Winter When the cold set in, the Outer Banks becomes deserted and deals can be found... read more

Vendors Information about the various service providers necessary to complete a real estate transaction can be found HERE.

Real Estate Forms For Buying

Here you will find some of the various forms used in purchasing real estate in North Carolina... HERE

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