Many people have heard of home inspections, but are not quite sure what they entail. Here’s a little info from Myrtle Beach Area Home Inspector David Livingston of CBSinpection.com
“Do I need a home inspection?”
That depends. If you are a professional builder, civil engineer architect or building inspector, maybe not. If your home is under construction, being built by a good, reputable builder and being inspected by city or county code enforcement guys, again. Maybe not. But if none of these apply, you should consider having a good building pro have a look inside and out to see what you’re getting yourself into.
“What does a home inspection cost?”
The cost breaks down like this:
- Condos- $249
- Homes, Townhouses, Mobile Homes under 3000 SF- $349
- Large or complex homes (those having crawlspaces, complex or eccentric HVAC, for example) $449
- Miscellaneous Consultation Services $75/hour
The inspection fee is due on the day of the inspection. Making the fee a part of the closing is not recommended, a conflict of interest can result and nobody needs that.
“Who arranges the appointment?”
I do! Once we’ve been in touch and we’ve agreed to proceed, I’ll contact the listing agent and we’ll figure the rest out from there. Once an appointment is set, I’ll let you know in an email.
“Can I, or should I, be present?”
You certainly can be, if you like. Be advised, though, that if you do come along, you are very likely to be put to work, opening windows, using a plug tester, flushing and wiggling toilets. If you’d like to avoid this awful fate, give me an hour or two’s head start. By then, most of the heavy lifting, so to speak, will be done already. At that time, we can do a leisurely walk around to discuss things I ran into.
If you can’t be there, I’ll shoot you some video. I find that to be an effective way to communicate the details of the particular issues, the possible remedies and how important a given thing is in the grand scheme of things. I’ll also give you a quick tour of the place to give you a sense of where we stand as a whole.
David is one of Resourceful Realty’s Trusted Vendors. Here’s a little information about him!
“I started actual working in the construction industry at the age of thirteen, following my father around as he managed the construction of many of the buildings you’ll see around the Myrtle Beach area. I took notes, ran for coffee and learned. After college, I went to work for him and Jim Baldwin at J.O. Baldwin Construction and learned some more.
Dad, my brother Mitchell and I started our own construction business in 1988, which we ran until 2000. I decided to branch out into code enforcement at that time, serving for as the City Building Official for the City of North Myrtle Beach where I was responsible for the city’s code enforcement effort.
I returned to Baldwin Construction in 2008, serving as Chief Estimator, preparing cost estimates for proposed buildings. The financial crisis of 2008 hit and commercial construction, like every other kind, took a shot to the gut.
So, my little home inspection hobby became a real, full time, business, growing steadily out of the ruins! WIth the help of great realtors out there and word of mouth, my little inspection business is a busy one.
It beats the heck out of actually building stuff :)”
David Livingston- SC RBI-2223