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Buying A Home?
Buying a home has always been the “American Dream”, right? It is easily one of the biggest investments you will EVER make! That is why having a thorough, non-invasive general home inspection (buyer inspection) performed is a big investment all its own. Know that I am here for YOU. I will spend as much time as you need explaining my findings and answering any questions you may have regarding your general home inspection. After having your future home evaluated from top to bottom, including all systems and components, my goal is to help put your mind at ease that the investment you are making is a smart one! So call or click today to schedule your general home inspection.
Selling A Home?
If you are selling a home, it is just as important to get an inspection as if you were buying one. Having a pre-listing inspection (seller inspection) helps to put the control back in your hands. A pre-listing inspection is completed prior to putting your home on the market and will help get you prepared by revealing any significant defects that you can get repaired at your leisure saving you time, stress and money. Help avoid last minute negotiations and delays, faster close and help you get full asking price by getting a pre-listing inspection completed.
Are You a Real Estate Professional?
Potential home buyers and sellers seek out real estate professionals for their advice and guidance. Buying or selling can be incredibly stressful and complicated. One thing you can do to help with that is by referring a qualified, trained inspector like myself that will provide them with a complete customer-focused professional evaluation of their home at a competitive price. You value your reputation just as much as I do, therefore let me show you why I would be a good referral for your client! Lets build a lasting professional relationship and help our clients get into their dream home!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
I’m in negotiations to buy the home of my dreams. What kind of home inspection should I choose to make sure I protect my investment?
A general or buyer’s inspection is probably going to be the best choice for your situation. If you’re about to buy a new home, you know that doing so is one of the most significant investments you will ever make. A thorough home inspection in Charleston, SC, gives homebuyers like you the chance to identify problem areas that may need to be addressed before you make a purchase. At PGR Home Inspections, you can rest easy knowing your home inspection report will be unbiased and comprehensive. If you have questions about our discoveries, I will take the time to explain issues with your new home and the best ways to remediate those problems.
At PGR Home Inspections, I believe that an investigative approach is necessary to give clients a robust understanding of their homes and any issues found within. Following the ASHI Standards of Practice in South Carolina, PGR Home Inspections will examine all visible and readily accessible areas of your home. While some Charleston home inspectors refuse to access crawlspaces or roofs, I have no problem doing so, as long as those spaces are safe.
When you hire me for a general home inspection, you won’t ever have to worry about me “nickel and diming” you for additional services. Instead, I advanced tools like thermal imaging technology at no additional cost to you. At PGR Home Inspections, I’m all about going the extra mile for you and your family!
Some home inspectors in the Lowcountry find the presence of a client annoying or overbearing. I find this stance to be ridiculous. Be wary of any home inspector in Charleston, SC, who says you should not be present for your home inspection. At PGR Home Inspections, I strongly encourage you to be a part of our home inspection process. This is especially true if you are a first-time homebuyer or don’t understand the building complexities of your home. My goal is to make this an informative, enjoyable experience for all our clients, from the moment I pull in the driveway to the time we shake hands and depart for the day. By the time I leave, I want you to walk away feeling more educated, confident, and ready to move forward with repairs, if necessary.
When problems aren’t discovered during your home inspection, you could be stuck with hundreds if not thousands of dollars of repair that you weren’t expecting. That’s why PGR Home Inspections conducts one of the most thorough, detailed home inspections in Charleston, SC. I’m not in the business of cutting corners – my job is to keep you informed, educated, and ready for any repairs that might be necessary. That way, you have confidence knowing that your home is safe and the money you spent is well worth the investment.
Below is a list of the standard areas of the home that are inspected during a General Home Inspection:
- Roofing System and Chimney
- ALL Roof Penetrations – attic vents, plumbing vents, etc.
- ALL Siding – trim, soffits, visible flashing
- Attic – insulation, ventilation, etc.
- Plumbing Systems
- HVAC Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Fireplace – flue, damper, and hearth
- Sump Pump (if present)
If you are worried about a particular problem in your home, please do not hesitate to let me know before or during your home inspection in Charleston.
Yes, absolutely! In addition to all the areas that I inspect during a General Home Inspection, I verify the following:
- Ensure that all utilities like gas, electrical, and water are working properly
- Verify that your crawlspace is accessible and that all livable areas are accessible. I make sure that you have sufficient access to your electrical panel, attic hatch, HVAC system, and water heater.
- Ensure that you are aware of ANY known issues with your new home and its components/systems.
If you are approaching your Due Diligence period, I understand that you need your inspection report returned ASAP. For that reason, I will send you a detailed, unbiased report no more than 24-hours after your General Home Inspection. Using Spectora, our home inspection reporting software, your inspection report will include color photographs depicting any problems that I discover. As a professional home inspector in Charleston, SC, I am always open to answering any questions that you may have about your inspection report. Don’t be afraid to approach me with your questions – it’s one of the best ways to learn about your home!
I want to list my home for sale. What can I do to prevent costly issues that the buyer might discover?
As an experienced home inspector in Charleston, SC, I offer both buyer’s inspections and seller’s inspections (often called pre-listing inspections). Pre-listing home inspections in Charleston are immensely popular because they allow sellers to find and remediate potential problems before listing their home for sale on the market. Usually, when a buyer is interested in purchasing your home, they will hire a buyer’s inspector before moving forward with their purchase. This often causes the seller unneeded stress and anxiety, especially if the home inspector finds numerous items that need repairing. It also forces the seller to correct the issues before the sale is complete, which usually means the seller will have to overpay for last-minute fixes. With a pre-listing inspection, you can make repairs on your own time, which reduces anxiety and maximizes the return on your investment. If you’re looking for a quick, pain-free closing experience, a pre-listing home inspection will help make that wish a reality.
Benefits of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection:
- Manage pre-existing problems on your own time
- Have more control over negotiations
- Easier time closing the sale of your home
- Shorten escrow
- Improve your chances of a successful sale at a higher price!
Yes, I am a licensed mold inspector and have years of experience finding mold in my client’s homes and businesses.
Mold is a four-letter word that every homeowner dreads. It is a type of fungus that can grow just about anywhere there is moisture or decay. While some mold won’t hurt you, other types of mold can cause serious health problems and respiratory issues. If you notice signs of mold on your ceilings, walls, furniture, or building materials, it’s time for a mold test and inspection.
Once I arrive at your home, your mold testing will include:
- A full, non-invasive, visual inspection of your home. During this time, I will give extra attention to areas of your home that you feel are at the highest risk for mold growth.
- Using humidity gauges, moisture meters, thermal imaging, and over knowledge of building science, I will determine where you are having moisture problems. Because mold thrives in areas with a lot of moisture and air, I will point out areas where water may be leaking into your home and where air might be leaking in as well.
- Once your visual mold inspection is complete, I will recommend specific areas where we should take mold samples. Since about 80% of mold is airborne, it would be prudent to conduct an airborne mold test to get the best analysis of the condition of your home. Generally speaking, I will collect one airborne mold sample for every 800 square feet in your home.
- Once I collect mold samples, I will deliver them to the EMSL (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory) for testing. Depending on the time of day the samples were collected, results should be available between 24 to 48 hours after testing.
Yes, we most certainly do. This kind of home inspection is perfect if you purchased a new construction home. That is because you will have an opportunity to check for issues that need fixing before your one-year home warranty expires. Like General Home Inspections, I take a non-invasive approach to your 11th-Month Warranty Inspection and use thermal imagining technology at absolutely no extra cost to you.
I follow ASHI Standards of Practice per the state of South Carolina to inspect the following areas:
- Garage Doors
- Roofing Systems
- ALL Siding – trim, soffits, visible flashing, and more
- ALL Roof Penetrations – plumbing vents, attic vents, and more
- Plumbing Systems
- Floors, Ceilings, and Walls
- Electrical Systems
- Crawlspaces (if accessible)
- Sump Pumps