About Rowell's Home Inspections
Experienced & Professional Home Inspections
30+ Years of Experience
Licensed Builder & Inspector
We are S.C. Residential Home Inspectors with an extensive background in new home construction from the ground up, remodeling, additions on existing properties and a background in home in home design plan development. With over 30 years combined experience in both home inspection and construction practices we will be happy to assist you with a in depth evaluation of your new home.
Our philosophy is to inspect each home with the utmost care, to be thorough, and to explain our findings clearly to each client. We are S.C. licensed home inspectors, and have performed a multitude of in-depth home inspections over the past 14 years backed by over 30 years of home building experience in the greater Pee Dee Area as a S.C. Licensed Residential Builder.
Whether you need a pre-purchase, pre-list, or general home inspection, we will be happy to discuss how our services can meet your needs. Our impartial and experienced inspections can help you make an educated real estate investment decision. We will discuss with you the top 10 defects found in most homes.
Rowell’s Home Inspections evaluate both interior and exterior components and systems. These include, but are not limited to roof, foundation, structure, most appliances, electrical system, plumbing system, cooling and heating systems.
Our inspections also include:
- Narrative type comprehensive home inspection reports
- Digital pictures inserted into the inspection to help you understand areas of concern
- Complete home inspections that cover most major areas of the home from the roof to the foundation. Some environmental concerns may not apply.
- 35 years of total experience in building and inspection fields
- Clear written report free of technical jargon
- Very reasonable rates
- Follow up re-inspections on request
We Serve Horry, Florence, and Marion Counties
Click the button below to download a sample inspection report. When you schedule a home inspection with Rowell’s Home Inspections you can expect the same type of detailed report for your desired property.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Select a frequently asked question below to see the answer and more information related to it.
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation by a qualified specialist.
The purchase of a home is most likely the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
In most cases the home inspector is contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated and usually includes a time frame for all inspections to be completed.
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home at time of inspection. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price, contract terms or correct problems if major problems are found. If you wish to not to be involved in future repair work, this information could be extremely important to you.
The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the profession and perhaps even a few names of clients and or Realtors as referrals. Local realtors which deal closely with home inspectors every day are great source for a inspector referral list.
Related experience in construction field is most valuable when it comes to understanding and evaluating property conditions. Actual inspections performed and continued education in the inspection field is a must for a seasoned professional.
The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is 3 to 5 hours depending on the condition and size of the property. Anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection.
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the level and type of inspection, the property floor area, property geographical location and the inspector’s qualifications. A typical range might be $300–$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made.
However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector's qualifications, including his experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.
Ask what type of report your inspector generates to help you understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors provide their full reports within 24 hours of the inspection. You can see a sample report by clicking here: Sample Digital Report.
Yes- This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
Knowing some of the usual defects inspectors discover during an inspection allows you to be a well informed buyer. Rowell's Home Inspections has compiled a list of the top 10 defects found in most homes. Repairs or replacement could cost or save you thousands of dollars. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding possible problems in your home.
- Damaged, improperly installed shingles. Loose / unsealed roof flashing, vent boots and other roofing defects. Unrepaired roofing problems could result in leaks and possible major damage.
- Exterior wood damage, which may include siding, support posts, boxing areas, windows etc. Unrepaired exterior damage may cause weather/ water intrusion into supporting framing members and result into major damage.
- Crawl space damage and concerns which may include, moisture related damage, insect damage, leaking supply and drain pipes, damaged duct work, plumbing leaks etc.
- Rotten floor joists and band joists at the front and rear door areas visible inside the crawl space
- Unsupported or inadequately supported under floor sills and girders
- Visible open unprotected wire connections in the crawl space and attic
- Defective ground fault circuit breaker interrupter outlets in bathrooms, kitchen, garage, and outside.
- Oversized breakers attached to inadequately sized wiring in electrical sub panels.
- Inadequately functioning HVAC systems
- Leaking or loosely mounted toilets
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