Hilton Head Home Inspections
One of the smartest things you can do is get a professional inspection before completing a home purchase. In today's market, almost all buyers order these. You should demand in any purchase agreement that you have the right to a professional inspection by an inspector you choose, and that you have the right to approve the inspection report. Typically you will also demand a minimum of 10 days for this process, but your agent can help you with the actual wording. Expect to pay around $300 to $500 for the inspection depending on the region in which you live and the home’s structure.
When selecting an inspector, agents can make recommendations. You will want a consistent inspector who has been in the profession a long time, so ask for recommendations from previous customers and check these out.
You should also look for an inspector who belongs to national, state, and local trade organizations, if they exist in your area.
Specificallly ask the inspector to check for lead paint and asbestos (typically found in ceilings and as insulation for heating systems) in the home; these two materials are toxic and can be quite costly to clean up. The federal government requires that the seller give you a lead disclosure statement, but if the seller does not know if there's lead in the home he or she is not required to inspect for it. If your inspector discovers lead or asbestos, you can demand the seller clean it up prior to completion of your purchase.