The Homebuyer's Guide to the Home Inspection

The Seller's Guide to the Home Inspection

frequently asked questions

What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect (even new construction). If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.

Is it possible to uncover every problem in a inspection?

The home inspection has inherent limitations in that it is restricted to a visual inspection of the property. Inspectors do not move furniture/appliances, open walls, ceilings, or damage the property during the inspection. Any discrepancies not visible during the inspection will not be included in a home inspection report. Please note: defects may be found during remolding or demolition. For example: We cannot see discrepancies concealed behind walls, baseboards, flooring, kitchen cabinets, etc.

Should I attend the home inspection?

While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home how to maintain it. It is often helpful to be there so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found. But be sure to give the home inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.

When your home inspection ends, now what?

For most Home Inspectors, the home inspection ends with the final report being sent to you. The only contact you will receive from them is only when you call or they need something from you. While this is not unusual, it is important to make sure that your home inspector will take and or return your call 7 days a week and be willing to help and or guide you towards finding your answer in a pleasant manner.

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation.

What does a home inspection include?

A proper and comprehensive home inspection will review the accessible and visible condition of the home from the roof to foundation, which includes the following systems and areas: Structural, Roofing, Exterior of Building, Electrical, Heating, Cooling/Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Interior of Building, and Functioning Permanently Installed Kitchen Appliances. Many inspectors will also offer additional services not included in a typical home inspection, such as termite, mold, sewer scope, etc.

What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?

What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?
A home inspection is not protection nor a prediction against future failures. Stuff happens! Components like air conditioners and Heat Systems can and will break down. A home inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. For protection from future failures we recommend extending your home warranty prior to the end of your FREE 90-day period.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of the house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

Property Inspections

Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. It’s critical that you know what you’re getting for your hard earned money. As a buyer, seller, or homeowner, the home inspection will describe the current condition of the home from top to bottom. We will list Major and Minor problem to help you easily sort the needed repairs as identified by the home inspection report.

Wind Mitigation Inspection

May qualify you for discounts on your homeowner’s insurance (especially if your home is located in the wind-borne debris region). The state of Florida mandates that insurance companies reduce their rates for homes with certain wind mitigation features. So, with a wind mitigation certificate in hand, you are guaranteed to pay less money per month than a home owner who does not.

4-Point Inspection

This inspection is required for homes 20+ years or older to obtain home owners insurance. It will determine if an older home is in good enough condition to be a good insurance risk.

Infrared Moisture Analysis

Visual observations with moisture equipment readings and infrared, an advanced, non-destructive technology that allows us to show you things about your home that no one can show you with conventional inspection methods.

Mold Screening

A visual examination of readily accessible areas of the home looking for mold-like substances. (Mold testing extra.)

Home Re-inspection

For checking the repairs done in response to the home inspection report.