They've had some good developers there and they've had some " how do you spell screwdriver.? " developers there .... you need a great inspector to find out which one you got.
If nothing else, a good home inspection gives you an idea of what you've just purchased and the expected longevity and quality of each of it's components. That alone is worth the inspection fee.
As far as Barefoot Bay goes, they got hit really hard with the hurricanes, so I'd double that comment above, but no matter WHERE you buy, spend the money on a good home inspection - IT IS WORTH IT.
Get good legal and local market representation, this is a big investment for you.
Hope this helps!
Absolutely YES! The home inspector can detect conditions which are not readily observed. I had a client who decided against having a home inspection. The $250 he thought he was saving by not having one ended up costing him $1,000.
As a Realtor, it is no fun being right. Your inspection can possibly save you money. If a problem is found which costs you more than you are willing to pay for repairs, you may be able to negotiate price or the seller could give you money at closing to repair it.
I would always recommend a home inspection to any buyer before buying a home. Barefoot Bay is a community near the water (some on the water) and that would be an alert to check foundation, septic (if it applies) and insurance requirements.
Local agents can help with the history of Barefoot Bay and particulars but I am sure most will recommend a home inspection.
It is always wise to hire an inspector. The inspector is going to look for things that will cost you more money in the future than the cost of a home inspection. One of my agents had a Buyer for a manufactured home that was built in 2006. The inspector caught that the roof had tiny holes. The agent contacted the company that built the home and the Buyer got a brand new roof. With the storms from 2004 and 2005 it is good to check for mold and make sure the home did not receive any damage to the foundation.
For the money on a purchase of a home $250 to 300 is a small amount to pay for peace of mind.
Good luck in your search!
For more information, go to http://www.ASHI.com.
This is the web site for the American Society of Home Inspectors. In order to belong to this organization requires a home inspector to be licensed, insured and also have many hours of education under their belt as well as a certain number of home inspections done with no complaints.
THIS site will also empower you with knowledge about housing issues, and also allow you to search for an ASHI certified home inspector near you.
Knowledge is power!! Good luck!!