Have Questions?

Buying or selling a home can be a stressful experience. If at any point you have a question, please reach out to us. We are here to ensure you know what to expect throughout the home inspection process.


A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of the home designed to gain a general understanding of the home and identify areas of concern within installed systems and components defined by the Standards of Practice of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board (NCHILB SOP) or the South Carolina Department of Residential Builders (depending on the state in which the inspection was performed), that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector on the date and at the time of the inspection. It is very important to note that home inspections are not comprehensive nor completely exhaustive.
All of the home’s systems and equipment that are safely accessible are visually inspected as part of our detailed home inspection. This includes the attic, roof, electrical, plumbing, interior, exterior, foundation, grounds, heating/cooling system, and appliances. The fundamental purpose of the home inspection is to find structural and systemic problems, including any safety-related issues, and document repairs or remediation that may be needed.
Our clients are always welcome to be present at the home inspection. By doing so, you will get a first-hand account of the current state of the home and can ask questions of the home inspector while you are both on site. This information should prove incredibly helpful to you during the remainder of the home purchase process. In the event that you are unable to attend the inspection, it is okay, our home inspection reports are extremely thorough and will include everything we find. We will always be available to discuss and answer any questions that you may have.
We know that during a real estate transaction, time is of the essence! We work hard to get our reports drafted, peer reviewed, and sent out quickly. For home inspections, you should receive your reports within 24 hours. Reports tied to 3rd party ancillary inspections may take 1-3 business days to receive.
You will never find a home that is perfect, even with new construction. In our home inspection reports, we utilize color coding to denote and help you understand the varying degrees of severity for the issues found. For instance, a missing doorstop would be a minor item that is simple and inexpensive to fix. On the other hand, faulty and/or outdated electrical wiring would be documented as a more serious problem. You may be able to use the home inspection report to help negotiate the cost of repair with the seller, ask for a discount on the sales price, or even a credit toward closing costs. Your experienced and knowledgeable realtor will help you determine the best approach to negotiations based upon the relevant circumstances.
After the inspection has been scheduled via our easy online scheduler, we will confirm the details and send out a confirmation email to all parties involved. The client will receive an email with links that will direct you to your own client portal where electronic payment can be made and the inspection agreement can be signed. Although we ask that payment be made prior to your inspection, you can pay at any time before, during, or after the inspection. You just won’t be able to view any reports until the Inspection Agreement is signed and full payment is made.
Thermal Imaging utilizes a powerful high-resolution infrared camera to scan the interior surfaces of the home. A thermal imaging scan is used to help identify possibly hidden issues that may not be observed by the naked eye. Issues that may be uncovered include hot spots and areas of missing or inadequate insulation, overloaded and hot electrical circuitry, and moisture issues such as roof, duct, plumbing leaks, and/or moisture intrusion. The thermal imaging scan helps add an extra layer of protection to every home inspection that we perform and is a must-have in the modern world of home inspections.

Yes! Simply call or text our office at 843-331-0054 or email us at admin@lifehouseinspections.com to add services, reschedule, or cancel your inspection. If you need to cancel/reschedule, we ask that you please take this action at least 24 hours prior to the inspection date/time.

No. Mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, and other environmental hazards are specifically excluded and are outside the scope of a standard home inspection. Although we will do our best to identify and inform you of the risks of potential environmental hazards that we may find, each hazard requires detailed laboratory testing to confirm the presence of that hazard and any specific, associated risks. These services are often performed by a 3rd party environmental company at an additional cost.

No. A home inspection is a visual-only inspection. Sewage drain lines and septic systems are typically located below ground and are generally considered out of the scope of a home inspection. We highly recommend you contact a qualified plumbing contractor and/or a septic inspector (when applicable) and have these systems evaluated. These systems, like all others, can experience problems or fail, and having them inspected is always a good idea during your due diligence period prior to closing and final purchase.