A HOMEBUYER’S GUIDE TO
SHOULD I HAVE MY NEW HOME INSPECTED?
A home inspection is mainly visual evaluation of a home’s condition. Home inspectors typically provide inspection services to determine the performance fo the home and the investment you’re making in it.
If you are purchasing a new or resale property we highly recommend that you have a professional home inspector conduct a thorough inspection. Your home cannot ‘pass or fail’ an inspection, and your inspector will not tell you whether he/she thinks the home is worth the money you are offering.
The inspector’s job is to make you aware of repairs which are recommended or necessary. We recommend being present for the last 30 minutes of the inspection. This will allow you to review the report with the inspector so you will be able to clearly understand the report and know exactly which areas need attention.
**Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of local Home Inspectors our clients have recently used and been happy with!
TYPES OF HOME INSPECTIONS
The inspection is not designed to criticize cosmetic issues or defects in the home. It is intended to report on damages, problems that require repair or items that are not functioning correctly. Should the inspector find any serious problem, we will seek professionals to further evaluate the issue.
A General Inspection
General inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, which will include checking appliances, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning & heating, ventilation, roof & attic, foundation, and general structure.
A Four Point Inspection
A Four Point Inspection focuses only on four main areas of interest in a home: HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), electrical wiring and panels, plumbing connections, fixtures, and roof. The inspection and report describes the condition and age of these elements. For homes 25 years or older, this is an insurance requirement.
A Septic Inspection
A septic system receives, treats and disposes of unwanted wastewater and solids from a building’s plumbing system. Solids are partially broken down into sludge within a septic tank and are separated from effluent (water) and scum (fat, oil and grease) An inspector will need to be specially certified to inspect a home’s septic system and ensure it’s working properly.
Wind mitigation inspections look for construction features that have been shown to reduce losses in hurricanes, such as a hip roof, concrete block construction, the presence of gable end bracing, shutters and opening protections, the presence of roof to wall attachments such as clips or hurricane straps, and the presence of a secondary water resistance barrier.
A Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection informs sellers, prospective buyers and lenders about any termite infestations and damage to the home due to wood pests and wood rot.
Generally speaking, a Home Inspection is…
+ An in-field evaluation and professional opinion of the performance of the readily accessible installed systems in a home at one point in time
+ Primarily a visual examination
+ Intended to identify components that are significantly deficient, unsafe or near the end of their life
+ Documented with a written report
A Home Inspection is not…
+ An insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home
+ An invasive or destructive exercise
+ Intended to identify concealed defects
+ A code or design review
+ Intended to predict future performance or life expectancy
+ An environmental review or energy audit
4 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A HOME INSPECTOR
1. How long have you been inspecting homes?
2. How many inspections have you done?
3. What are your qualifications, certifications and training?
4. What was your job before you were a home inspector? (Ideally, your pro was in contracting or building.)
LOCAL CENTRAL FLORIDA HOME INSPECTORS
For your convenience, below you will find a list of local home inspectors our recent clients have used and been happy with!
Once you choose a home inspector… please provide your agent with their contact information so we can schedule the appointment on behalf of all parties. It’s important that we schedule to ensure the inspector has access to the home.