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Let's Get to Know Your Home Top to Bottom, Inside & Out.

Steve Houmard, Certified Home Inspector, Charleston Home Inspector, Charleston home inspectionWhether you’re buying your first house or your retirement home, Solid Ground offers a variety of inspection services to best meet your real estate needs -- the Pre-Purchase Inspection, the Relocation Inspection, the New Construction Inspection, the 1-Year Builder's Warranty Inspection, the Renovation Inspection and the Historic Home Inspection. Plus, we even inspect in-ground swimming pools! For more details on what's included with each of our home inspection services along with a short video of our lead inspector in action and a list of our inspection fees, just keep scrolling! 













Buying a House? The Pre-Purchase Inspection

Our home inspection service will help you learn all about your future home -- giving you peace of mind that it’s built solid, in good working condition and free of major defects. A thorough home inspection will help put your mind at ease so you can feel good about your purchase, that it's just the right house for you, at closing time. To learn what your home inspection will include, please click here for 'What To Expect At Your Home Inspection'.

Where are you buying a house? We inspect homes all over Charleston and its surrounding neighborhoods including Downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and Isle of Palms, Daniel Island, West Ashley, James Island and Folly Beach, Johns Island, Summerville, Ladson, North Charleston, Hanahan, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, Awendaw, Huger, Ravenel, Hollywood and Walterboro. If your neighborhood isn't listed here, just give us a call!


Moving to Charleston from Out-of-State?  The Relocation Inspection

Especially for home buyers relocating to the Charleston area from a different part of the country, there are a few things you'll want to know about how your new 'Southern' home works, how to live in it and how to maintain it. In fact, our home inspectors have lived in Northern states and are well versed in how a Southern home is built differently than those in the North. As part of your home inspection, we'll be happy to share with you what those difference are and what you'll need to know to keep your home working as it should in our hot and humid climate. 

If you're not able to attend the home inspection, no worries. Just let us know when you arrive in Charleston and we can set-up time for an After-Inspection WalkThru with the home inspector to go over inspection findings and repairs needs along with how your house works in person (*there is a small additional fee for the WalkThru, please see fees below).    


Buying or Building a Brand New House? The New Construction Inspection


Buying New Construction - One SheetWhen you’re buying or building a new house from scratch, you want to know that it’s being built right, right from the start. There are two times when new construction should be checked: 

1. Phase I: Pre-Drywall Inspection 
This early stage inspection takes place after the framing, roof, plumbing, electrical and HVAC have been installed and right before the drywall goes up. The purpose of this inspection is to ensure all systems behind the walls are built to satisfaction. Inspection Fee: $175+ based on square footage. Please call for a quote.  

2. Phase II: Finished/New House Inspection
This is a full inspection of the home in finished condition which takes place just before closing to ensure all systems are in good working order and that there are no defects. Inspection Fee: Based on square footage. Please see Pre-Purchase Inspection Fees below. Not sure whether you should have it inspected or not? Please see the attached one sheet for more information about the New Construction Inspection.


Just Bought a Brand New Home? The 1-Year Builder's Warranty Inspection

Especially for homeowners who didn’t have their newly built home inspected before closing, a home inspection can give you peace of mind that your home is built solid, in good working order and free of major defects. Just before the one year anniversary of your new home, give us a call to schedule a good, thorough home inspection so that you can have any defects repaired while your home is still under the 1 year warranty provided by your builder. 


Buying an Old Home that needs serious TLC? The Renovation Inspection

Especially for those home buyers who love older homes and have found a gem that needs to be updated, a home inspection can give you the knowledge you need about the condition of the home's structure and systems (plumbing, electric, HVAC) so you'll know how to allocate your renovation budget. Plus, there are a number of safety and environmental concerns to be aware of when buying an old home so you can proceed safely with your rehab. Whether you're buying an old home that's been nicely maintained over time but has never been updated or a house that is a total re-do down to the studs, a thorough home inspection will let you know what needs to be done to turn a project house into your dream home! 

Buying an Historic Home in Charleston? The Historic Home Inspection

Many home buyers simply prefer old homes because they are totally unique in their style and architecture, because they have gorgeous mature trees and bushes which have taken generations to grow and perfectly frame the home and property and because many of them are located in and around Charleston's charming, historic downtown area which has so much to offer. In fact, Summerville has a wonderful historic district as well. We can certainly see the appeal!

As you might imagine, homes which have been around for 200-300 years have been updated time and again over the years. Our home inspectors have a talent for identifying the transformations a home has gone thru and we'll share those with you. When inspecting an historic home, we evaluate it in the context of the time period in which it was built relative to modern building practices and the overall quality of the home. Since old homes have simply been around a long time, we look carefully at the parts of the home that are exposed to the elements, such as the foundation, wall coverings and roof. 

Additionally, our inspectors are very familiar with concerns you might have regarding the condition of an historic home regarding the electrical/plumbing/HVAC, age and condition of the roof, use/condition of old building materials relative to environmental concerns (lead paint, asbestos, etc.), condition of crawlspaces with lots of old wood under the house, and so on. 

As part of the home inspection, we'll look for signs and symptoms that the structure may need repair due to deterioration of materials and/or impact from the floods, hurricanes and earthquakes they've survived over time. That said, we are not structural engineers. Especially for those historic homes which have not been remodeled in recent years (or decades), having a structural engineer conduct a follow-on inspection would be a wise investment. A good structural engineer can assess the home's structural integrity for your peace of mind and outline structure-related repair needs in greater detail which will be very helpful in determining if this is the right house for you as well as informing contractors and your repair/renovation budget.     

So if you're buying an historic home, plan on being at the inspection if you can -- you won't want to miss what the home inspector has to tell you about it!

Will your new house have an in-ground Swimming Pool? 

Whether the home has a chlorinated or salt water in-ground swimming pool, our home inspectors can conduct a limited pool inspection that's great for those home buyers who have owned a pool before. 
  • The scope of our inspection includes a limited visual inspection of the pool electrical system, primary circulation system, pool barrier system, the pool interior surface and surrounding deck. 
  • That said, we do not dismantle components such as filters, pumps and heaters. We do not test water chemistry. We do not test or operate pool heaters, cleaning systems, control valves, chemical injectors or similar components.

If you've never owned a house with a pool, we recommend that you contact a pool company for a more in-depth pool inspection. Plus, the pool company will show you all the ins and outs of how to operate the pool system and how to maintain it year in and year out. 

If you would like a limited pool inspection,     the fee is $125 and it can be done at the same time you have your home inspected -- just let your home inspector know!


Three things to know before you close

It’s helpful to keep in mind on inspection day that all homes – even brand new ones – have minor imperfections. Your inspection report will highlight the condition of the house and any items which need attention. If there are a number of items which need attention --relax. There are really just three things you need to know about the house you are buying:

  1. Does the house have any significant structural or mechanical issues that need to be corrected?
  2. Is everything that you’ll need to live in the house comfortably in good working order?
  3. Is the house a safe place to live?

Plus, your Realtor will help identify those items which need to be fixed before you close and those which can be attended to after you move in or down the road. Be sure to get estimates from the appropriate professionals (i.e. plumber, electrician etc.) once you have your inspection report in hand.


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Our Total Value Proposition is Unmatched.

When you choose Solid Ground for your home inspection, we'll provide peace of mind every step of the way . . . 

  • 2 to 3 hour interactive inspection; home buyers are strongly encouraged to attend. One of our Certified Home Inspectors will take you through the house top to bottom, inside and out. He'll show you all the parts and pieces of the house and how all the equipment and appliances work. As a repair need is identified, he'll explain what's going on, what it will take to repair the item and about how much it will cost. As a result, we highly recommend that home buyers attend the inspection if at all possible. And our interactive inspection is especially helpful if you're a first-time home buyer, if you're buying a brand new house, if you're buying an older home or, if you're moving to Charleston from out-of state.                                                                                     n  
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  • Thermal Imaging Scan of your house with an infrared camera at the end of the inspection just to be sure there isn't a roof or plumbing leak or hot electrical wires lurking somewhere that can’t be seen with the naked eye. 

  • Electronic inspection report emailed to you and your Realtor the next day (or sooner when you need a quick turnaround -- just let us know!) 

  • Free 90-Day Limited Mechanical & Structural Warranty. Starting on the day of your inspection, the limited warranty is a separate  service provided by Inspector Services Group and is intended to help cover the cost of  an unforeseen repair for an item which happens to break or malfunction after the inspection has taken place. For example, this is helpful if the microwave happens to stop working a month after the inspection. Please note if closing is delayed beyond 90 days, the warranty remains in effect until closing plus 21 days.

  • RepairCheck (optional) -- average $75 per visit (tbd per size, location of home).  If the seller makes repairs before closing, we'll come back out to the house when repairs are complete to ensure the seller made all the repairs as agreed and that the work is professional in nature. A RepairCheck report with photos will be provided. 

  • HomeOwners Network 1 year Free Membership -- Designed to help you move into your new home and get settled, we hope some or all of these programs will come in handy -- 'Ask the Expert' mobile app (live technical support to answer any question you might have about your home!), Home Appliance Recall Alerts & Monitoring (find out if any of your appliances have been recalled / HON will let you know about any future recall announcements), Home Concierge Service (set-up all your utilities with just one call!), 24/7 Property Emergency Hotline (help is available in an instant if you ever have a burst pipe/a sewer back up/a tree falls on your house/or mechanical failure such as the HVAC or electrical goes out, etc.), Contractor Referrals and a free Monthly e-Newsletter with home tips, maintenance advice and special offers.  

  • After-Inspection WalkThru (optional) -- $50 - $100, tbd per size and age of your house. Just for those home buyers who can't attend their inspection, we'll schedule another time for a WalkThru when you are available and/or in-town so home inspector can take you through your house top to bottom, inside and out. Plus, he'll show you how all the equipment and appliances work and go over the repair needs which were identified in the inspection. This optional service is great for first-time home buyers, those buying an older home or those moving to Charleston from another part of the country.

  • Free 'Stay Grounded' Consultation for as long as you own your home. After you move-in, if you ever have any questions about your home, we're happy to consult with you over the phone, via email or in person to get you the information or assistance you need.