When checking out homes for sale in Myrtle Beach, it is normal for homebuyers to do a basic inspection on the house. During this overall walk through, the homebuyer will decide whether or not to pursue with the purchase. If he likes what he sees, he will make an offer and when the seller accepts, it is now time to bring in a professional inspector to conduct a thorough look at all the corners of the house.
If you are considering buying a house and are currently looking at homes for sale in Myrtle Beach, here are some important things you may want to keep in mind when having the house you chose to buy professionally inspected.
1. Tag along in the inspection. You should consider coming along with the professional inspector as he goes through the house. Keep in mind, however, that you are there more for the reason of increasing your knowledge about the house and not for continuously pointing out everything you see. You may want to bring a notepad so you can take down notes and reminders from the inspector. Part of the inspection process is checking out the efficiency of all systems and the inspector may want to share with you some tips on how to maintain and take care of these systems.
2. Take note of the necessary repairs. As you go through the house, the inspector will point out the areas that need repairs. Note them down as well as the type of repair needed and when it should be repaired. Keep in mind that there are repairs that can be postponed until you have settled in the house and there are repairs that are needed to be done as soon as possible. Discuss these immediate repairs with the seller and negotiate how you both will pay for the costs.
3. Confirm the age of the roof. Some homes for sale in Myrtle Beach have an older roof. If the inspector cannot be certain about the age of the roof, you should confirm with the owner or seller of the house. It is critical that you know this information as this will serve as your guide on when to have the roofing replaced. On the other hand, if the roof shows several signs of wear and tear, it might be a good idea to have it replaced now than wait until the end of its lifespan.
4. Check the energy efficiency of the HVAC system. You want an HVAC system that is still good as new. If possible, it should only be a couple of years old so you can maximize its benefits. Otherwise, you will have to replace it soon. If the HVAC system is still new, make sure it is energy efficient so you will not have to pay high utility bills at the end of every month. If not, you should include replacing the HVAC system in your list of to-do’s for when you have moved in.
5. Plumbing pipes should be copper and not galvanized. Remember that the standard and requirement for plumbing pipes today is that it should be copper. If you find that the pipes in the house are still galvanized, consider having this replaced before moving in.
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29577