What's included in a normal home inspection in Florida?

As a Florida home inspector, I adhere to the strict guidelines of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. A normal inspection includes the, Grounds, Foundation, Structural, Attics, Roofs, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating, Air Conditioning, Appliances, etc. We feel that a verbal consultation is also a part of the inspection process, and we are also available for additional consultation. For more information you can click on the Standards of Practice button at the navigation panel of this website.

Can a home fail the inspection?

No. A professional building inspection is simply an evaluation into the current condition of the home being inspected. It is not a code inspection. Home insurance inspections do not pass or fail a house, but it will describe its current condition.

Should I attend the home inspection?

Our main goal in a home inspection is to educate you about your future home so you can make an informed decision. Although you do not have to be there, we encourage you to attend. By attending, you will receive first hand information about your home and you will also witness the detail and thoroughness of the inspection process.

What if my future home is in good condition - is the cost of the inspection justified?

Most certainly, once you have the inspection report you can go forward with the purchase of your home with confidence and peace of mind. The inspector's written report will also prove valuable in planning and working with contractors and vendors for any maintenance issues or repairs.

When do a schedule the inspection?

A home inspection is typically scheduled right after the contract agreement has been signed. However, be sure to note the inspection clause in the purchase contract, which specifies your inspection period (time frame) and home inspection contingencies. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated with respect to the findings of the inspection.

Can I inspect my own home?

No, not to the detail that a experienced and professional home inspector would. Please keep in mind that even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a certified and experienced home inspector who has inspected thousands of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many components of a home, their proper installation and maintenance. The inspector understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. Most importantly, almost all home buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an experienced home inspection expert in the field.
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