A home inspection is a mainly visual evaluation of a home’s condition. Home inspectors typically provide inspection services to determine the performance of 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. The inspector’s job is to make you aware of repairs which are recommended or necessary.
Questions to ask when choosing a home inspector
- What is your state license number?
- The number of inspections you’ve completed?
- Are you fully insured? For general liability and errors and omissions?
- What certifications do you have? Are you a Certified Master Inspector? (CMI) Are you a member of the Florida
- Association of Building Inspectors?
- Are you a member of InterNACHI? Does InterNACHI provide a roof inspection plan, sewergard, moldsafe warranty, appliance recall check, buy-back guarantee, structural and mechanical warranty if you complete my inspection?
- What types of inspections do you offer? (General home, wind mitigation, wood-destroying organism, 4point, water quality, pool and spa, thermal imaging, etc.)
- Are you a member of the BBB? Do you have testimonials or references available?
- Do you have a sample report I can review?
COMMON INSPECTION TYPES
The inspection is not designed to criticize cosmetic issues 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 specialized 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 and heating, ventilation, roof and attic, foundation, and general structure.
A Four Point Inspection
A Four Point Inspection focuses only on four main areas of interest in a home: (1) HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), (2) electrical wiring and panels, (3) plumbing connections, and (4) roof. The Inspection and report describes the condition and age of these elements. For homes 25 years or older, this is an insurance requirement.
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.
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