Never buy a home without a professional home inspection. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so protect that investment. There are countless problems that could exist with any building that are completely invisible to you. Even new homes should be inspected before purchase, as human error or faulty materials can do just as much damage as time. Home inspections are even more important here in Charleston. This is one of the oldest cities in America, after all. There are homes downtown that have been standing for over 300 years. While 18th Century houses are rare these days, you get the point.
The time for a home inspection is after you’ve submitted an offer that has been accepted by the seller. The cost of a home inspection will vary based on the size and age of the home, and it is wise to shop around for the right inspector. If they find a problem, the original offer is often re-negotiated to cover the additional costs to the seller or purchaser for needed repairs. I will be happy to recommend licensed and insured home inspection firms for you.