Frequently Asked QuestionsHome Inspection Services
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about our Home Inspection services:
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.
Why is a home inspection important?
Home Buyers: Emotion often affects the buyer and makes it hard to imagine any problems with their new home. A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all the problems possible with the home before closing on the property. Vacant homes and foreclosure homes are often subject to higher risks of problems since they are hardly supervised and in most cases the power and water have been turned off for some time.
Home Owners: The State of Florida has some of the most extreme weather in the entire country. Extreme heat, heavy rains, storms, wind gusts, tornados and hurricanes. Most Florida homes are designed to withstand these weather conditions. Over time, these types of conditions add stress to the home, usually referred as wear and tear. Home Owners many times assume that if the water runs and the lights turn on, the home is structurally sound and in some cases are not. Water leaks, poor insulation, poor electric and many small items can make a big difference in the safety of your loved ones. Usually minor items can be corrected at a small cost and have a positive impact on reducing some of your long term utility expenses. Most importantly, stop a minor problem from become a costly nightmare.
Home Sellers: More and more sellers are choosing to have a thorough inspection before or when they first list their home. First and foremost, you should have a home inspection for full disclosure. You will have demonstrated that you did all you could do to reveal any defects within the home. Second, you will save money and hassle by knowing now what your defects are, not after you have already negotiated a price and are faced with costly repairs discovered on the buyers inspection.
Defects found before the buyer comes along allow you to shop around for a contractor and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present.
One Year Warranty Inspections on new builds: In the final weeks approaching the end of your One Year Warranty an inspection can reveal issues from minor issues to major issues the builders will need to repair before the warranties end.
What if the report reveals problems?
All homes (even new construction) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price. Having a home inspection allows the problem to be addressed BEFORE the sale closes.
What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?
A home inspection is not protection 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 failure you may want to consider a home warranty.
A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will a home inspector tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.
A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks. A home inspector thinks "Safety" not "Code" when performing a home inspection.
Should I attend the home inspection?
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.
If you are out of town, or cannot attend the inspection, DO NOT WORRY! Your inspection will be sent to you and ANY and ALL questions you may have will be answered either over the phone or by e-mail (which ever you prefer) until you feel comfortable with the explanation. We work for you, and want you to be confident in your knowledge of your inspection report.