It is easy to see a home and believe it is the flawless dream home in Charlotte that you’ve always wanted. You may even daydream about what it will be like to live there and own such a home. However, before you make a decision and make the house in-question your next official place of residence, you must know more about the structural and mechanical state of that home.

You need a structural and mechanical inspection.

What is a Structural and Mechanical Inspection?

The saying “there is more than meets the eye” can be true when you are looking to buy a home in the Charlotte area. In other words, there is more to a home than just the carpet, paint, and trim. Like a human body, a home is made up of bones (beams and other supportive structures, vessels (plumbing system), and nerves (electrical system). Each of these systems or parts, must function, at the very least, adequately for a home to be safe to live in and a profitable long-term investment.

What Do We Look At?

When you hire our home inspectors to conduct your structural inspection, we will look at the structural elements and systems of your home including:

  • Framing
  • Plumbing system
  • Electrical system
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Roofing
  • Foundation
  • Crawlspace
  • Basement water
  • Cosmetic condition of paint, siding, and other features

When a structural engineer or home inspector looks at each element they will check for signs of deterioration, distress, and any lapse in the effective functioning of the system.

What is the Standard?

When we conduct a structural and mechanical inspection, we base our assessments on building code requirements. Each home element and system is compared to the load that it can handle versus the anticipated load. All homes must conform to those requirements for a passing assessment.

What Happens After An Inspection?

After an inspection, the home inspector or structural engineer will hopefully give the house a passing grade or essentially a “clean bill of health.” They will give you a report with their professional engineer’s seal. If they identify any problems, they will document those with suggestions for repairs, and in some cases, drawings to further illustrate their findings.  

What Do You Do With Your Report?

If the home inspector finds any issues, this may give you pause to consider your next step: do you want to move forward with the purchase or consider other options? If you still are interested in the home you can:

  • Notify the seller of the issues discovered and have them fix them before moving forward
  • Make the seller aware of the problems found and ask for a price adjustment

Hopefully, you can work with the seller to come to an agreement that allows you to purchase your home. However, if they refuse to meet the requirements, you can terminate the purchase agreement with a copy of the structural and mechanical inspection report.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to take the next step in finding a house in Charlotte? Whether you are a buyer, seller, or agent, we would love to help you get to close! Contact us for more information.


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