Having a good home inspector is especially important on the Outer Banks. North Carolina has published a good brochure with general information about purchasing property here but Outer Banks homes are subject to an environment different than most inland areas. Since the Outer Banks is surrounded by water, wind driven rain and humidity affect Outer Banks properties much more than other areas. Having a good local home inspector inspect the house prior to your purchase could save you thousands of dollars. Here are three things to look for in a local home inspector.
Licensed and Insured: North Carolina regulates home inspector activities. To keep their licenses they have to attend regular continuing education classes and must follow state guidelines designed to protect the consumer. Having an errors and omissions insurance policy is also important. These seem like simple requirements but without these you may be out of luck if you find a problem later.
Good Communicator: Most home inspectors are very knowledgeable about their field however some are better than others at verbalizing and putting in writing the issues they see. If you are not familiar with construction practices and terms then having an inspector who can explain how things work and how they are put together is very helpful. How can you determine if they are a good communicator? Talk with the home inspector and get a sample copy of their report. This will help you make a decision on who you should hire.
OBX Building Experience: Flashing issues are magnified by our wind driven rain and are a common area on Outer Banks houses. Incorrect or deficient flashing around decks, windows and/or doors often results in leaks inside of the house or worse yet it causes wood to rot. Sometimes these issues are not clearly evident and require a trained eye to see. An inspector who has built houses on the Outer Banks or has been involved in the building industry here can pinpoint this type of problem quickly. An inspector who holds a NC contractor’s license also has value especially with older homes. Most insurance companies require a letter of condition on homes older than 20 years. Home inspectors who have a contractor’s license can provide these letters at little expense.
For more information on local home inspections got to our Home Inspection FAQs page. Choosing the right home inspector is an important part of the buying process. Scott Team Realty knows the best home inspectors on the Outer Banks and can help you find an inspector who will best represent your interest in your Outer Banks home purchase.