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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the structure and the systems in a building. In South Carolina, the inspection scope is defined by The American Society of Home Inspectors Standard of Practice.  If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, or mobile home, you should have it thoroughly inspected by an experienced and impartial professional before the final purchase. When you choose the ACE to do the evaluation, you can rest assured that our inspectors are the best in the industry.

Why should I have a home inspection?

The purchase of a home is one of the largest single investments you’ll ever make. Since it’s such a big investment, you need to know the current condition of the property — as well as any repairs and maintenance that will be needed in the near future.

A professional home inspection informs the homebuyer of the property’s condition. Things aren’t always as they seem. A fresh coat of paint might be hiding serious structural concerns. Stains on the ceiling may simply be the result of a resolved leak, or they could indicate chronic roof leakage and mold damage. There could even be extensive termite damage that compromises the integrity of the home. After evaluating the property, our home inspectors will present their professional opinions on the property’s condition and provide a detailed report. This will give you a clear understanding of the home so you can make a confident decision.

If you’re selling your house, getting an inspection before you put your house on the market can help identify and remedy any potential concerns. Call ACE at 843 849 0455 to schedule a home inspection today.

When should I schedule an inspection?

The best time to schedule an inspection is directly after you have made an offer on a property. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your real estate agent to include an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspector. ACE inspectors are typically available within 48 hours of your call and we perform inspections 7 days a week.

What should I look for in an inspector?

Home inspectors are licensed in the state of South Carolina. However, just like drivers, all some inspectors are better than others.

All ACE inspectors are certified, insured, and participate in an ongoing continuing education program. Our extensive certifications and credentials mean that our home inspectors are the best in the industry.

What parts of the house will a home inspector evaluate?

ACE delivers the most comprehensive home inspections available. A standard inspection includes the structure, roof, exterior, interior, attic, crawl space as well as the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems. Fixtures, faucets, appliances and equipment are also operated to verify their function. Suspicious areas will be checked with an infrared camera. Depending on the house, other elements such as pools, irrigation systems, generators, docks, boat lifts, sewer line interiors, and central vacuums can be included, but they are not part of a standard inspection.

How is the industry regulated?

To earn a home inspector license in South Carolina, one must take an approved course or perform 50 home inspections, and pass the licensing exam. After that, South Carolina has no continuing education or insurance requirements.

After obtaining a South Carolina home inspector license, ACE technicians complete a rigorous in house training program that covers our technical, communication, and customer service standards. ACE inspectors also participate in weekly continuing education sessions to ensure they are current on all industry related matters.

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