HOME INSPECTIONS

Asheville and WNC Home Inspections
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Home Inspection Sample Report

Home Inspection Pricing

Home Inspection Costs are based on the Age and Square Footage of the property.  Home Inspections start at $349 and discounts are available.  Schedule now for more pricing information, or see our Pricing sheet, or Call or email for a free quote. 

Our Services

Builder Buddy is known for inspections and testing of all kinds in and around Asheville and Western North Carolina. We have 3 home inspectors on staff and an office manager ready to take your call.
We offer:

  • Home Inspections (for buyers)
  • Pre-sale Inspections (for sellers)
  • Annual or Maintenance Inspections (for homeowners)
  • Radon Testing
  • Mold Testing
  • Well Inspections
  • HVAC Evaluations
  • Water Testing
  • Wood Destroying Insect Inspections
  • Septic Inspections with Pump
  • Commercial Inspections

Builder Buddy is your guide for
Buying, Selling or Maintaining Homes in WNC.

Land and Site Considerations

Upon request Builder Buddy Home Inspectors can evaluate detached buildings, tiny homes, and more.  See below for more information.

Detached Buildings

Tiny Homes

RV Campsites

Remote Homes

Home Inspections by Age of Home

See the articles below for typical findings and considerations based on the age of the home.

New Construction 

15 Years or younger Houses

15-25 Years Old Houses

More than 25 Years Old Houses

Pre-1960 Houses

Home Inspections by Type of Home

See the articles below for typical findings and considerations based on the type of the home.

Log Homes

Condo/Townhomes

Manufactured Homes

Mountain Style Homes

Ranch Style Homes

Modular Homes

Neglected Homes

By Foundation Type

By Siding Type

Our Service Areas

We serve Asheville and the surrounding area which includes most of Western North Carolina (WNC):

  • Buncombe County Home Inspectors including Asheville, Montreat, Biltmore Forest, Alexander, Black Mountain, Woodfin, Weaverville, Candler and surrounding areas. 

  • Henderson County Home Inspectors including Hendersonville, Saluda, Fletcher, Laurel Park, Mills River, Flat Rock and surrounding areas

  • Haywood County Home Inspectors including Canton, Clyde, Maggie Valley, Waynesville and Lake Junaluska and surrounding areas.

  • Madison County Home Inspectors including Hot Springs, Mars Hill, Marshall and surrounding areas. 

  • Yancey County Home Inspectors including Burnsville and surrounding areas.

  • McDowell County Home Inspectors including Marion, Old Fort and surrounding areas.

  • Transylvania County Home Inspectors including Brevard, Rosman and surrounding areas.

Builder Buddy Home Inspectors

Helping people buy, sell or maintain homes with confidence.  

  • Thorough– we spend more time on-site, writing reports, and following up with our clients than our competitors
  • Relevant We strive to bring the important information forward in our reports and presentations– especially when it comes to safety, structural issues, water damage and other expensive repairs or maintenance items.
  • Intuitive Our color-coded HTML reports include additional diagrams, blogs, explainer videos and more to help our clients understand our findings better.
  • Responsive Our full time office manager, 3 home inspectors, 24/7 online help desk, and CRM software are here to help.  We pride ourselves on our communication before, during and after the inspections.
  • Knowledgeable Our highly trained state certified inspectors have been chosen for their construction experience, professionalism, communication and passion for learning.  Our home inspectors are full time W2 employees (not subcontractors) and are trained extensively for one year within the company (even after licensing) and then continue with regular reviews and advanced training above and beyond state requirements to ensure all of our inspections and testing our performed to a consistent and high level of quality.

Our Home Inspection Checklist Includes

Site and Exterior Evaluation

We inspect driveways, parking areas, grading, drainage, hard surfaces, patios, decks, ramps, railings, steps, porches, balconies, siding (including stucco systems and adhered masonry-  see our blog on Siding), trim, windows/doors, gutter systems, roofing, fireplaces and more.

We are looking for evidence of leaks, framing damage, water penetration, structural settling, inadequate grading, inadequate drainage, worn/damaged/missing components, improperly repaired components, installation defects, and more.

Structure and Foundation

We inspect all types of foundation and framing systems: slabs, crawl spaces, basements, metal/steel framing, masonry construction, and more. We inspect attics, crawl spaces, slabs, and floor/wall/roof framing systems where accessible– see our blog on different Foundation Types.

We are looking for evidence of settling, bowing/buckling, failing, improperly supported framing, improperly installed components, improperly repaired components, decay, wood-destroying fungus, wood-destroying insects, water penetration, corrosion, high humidity, and more.

Electrical Inspections

We inspect service wire connections, grounding, main electrical panels, sub-panels, GFCI/AFCI outlets, 3-way switches, outlets, fixtures, and more.

We are looking for evidence of worn/damaged/missing components, evidence of shorts or arc events, improperly installed or repaired components, and electrical and fire safety hazards.

Plumbing Inspections

We inspect plumbing fixtures, shut-off valves, pressure reducing valves, traps, venting, Temperature Pressure Relief Valves, expansion tanks, septic lift stations and alarms, leak sensors, drain pan systems, water distribution pipes, fuel distribution pipes, CSSC/CSST corrugated gas pipe, bonding, fuel storage, private well systems, spring systems, cisterns, water filtration equipment, sediment filters, and 3rd party on-site wastewater system inspections (septic inspections), and more.

We are looking for evidence of water leaks, loose/worn/broken/damaged fixtures, improperly functioning fixtures, missing/damaged/broken safety devices, improper installation, inadequate repairs, water damage, the pressure that is too high or low, clogging, backing up, too much sediment, corrosion, gas leaks, fire or gas safety hazards, oil leaks, and more.

Heating and Cooling Systems (HVAC/mechanical systems)

A basic inspection of the Heating/Cooling systems is provided as part of the general inspection; however, we also offer 3rd party evaluations of the heating/cooling equipment that includes a detailed evaluation of the electrical components, refrigerant levels, and more.

We look for condensation leaks, improper installation, improper repairs, worn/damaged/broken/missing components, improper combustion, safety hazards, and other defects. The evaluation can also help identify older, outdated, or aging equipment.

And much more….

What is included in a Home Inspection?

  • Structural components

  • Exterior

  • Roofing

  • Plumbing

  • Electrical

  • HVAC

  • Interiors

  • Insulation & Ventilation

  • Built-in Appliances

Which additional inspections and testing should I order?

Here is a helpful blog article about when to order different services.

We also have dedicated website pages for each of our services which you can find here: 

Home Inspections, Radon Testing, Well Inspections, Septic Inspections with Pumping, Annual Inspections, Commercial Property Inspections and Mold Testing.

Whenever I am asked what is the best training for a home inspector, I am bound to reply – house renovator. No other trade gives a person the breadth and depth of experience for looking at old houses – and learning to expect and anticipate anything. Even the builders are less experienced since they seldom see their productions ten or twenty years down the road. Perhaps if they did, they might build differently.

– Keith Peddie author of House Assessment and He Found What?

Builder Buddy cartoon home inspector looking for defects