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  1. Should I be there for the inspection?

  2. The seller has to fix everything you find wrong with the house, right?

  3. Can I do my own home inspection?

  4. Are you licensed and insured?

  5. Is a home inspection required?

  6. Should I hire an engineer to inspect the house?

  7. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  8. What questions should I ask a home inspector I’m considering hiring?

  9. What are the questions a home inspector won’t answer?

  10. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

  11. What kitchen appliances are required to pass an FHA inspection?

  12. Should I use my realtor’s home inspector or choose one myself?

  13. Can a home inspector do repairs to a house after doing the inspection?

  14. Should I use a contractor or a home inspector to inspect a house I’m buying?

  15. Should I get a home inspection before signing a contract to buy the house?

  16. What makes a house fail the home inspection?

  17. What is a “cosmetic” defect in a home inspection?

  18. How can I reduce the risk of an expensive surprise when buying a house sight unseen?

  19. Who should pay for the home inspection?

  20. What are the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at a home inspection?

  21. Can you do a home inspection in the rain?

  22. Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet?

  23. Can a Florida licensed contractor do home inspections without having a home inspector license?

  24. Should I buy a house that has been remodeled/renovated without building permits or has open permits?

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  1. 2)Clean or replace the HVAC (air conditioning) filter if it is dirty. Make sure the filter is secured in place (not loose).

  2. 3)Test the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Replace any dead batteries.

  3. 4)Check for burned-out or missing bulbs in light fixtures and ceiling fans. Replace missing or cracked globes. Inspectors do not trouble-shoot lights that don’t work, and simply call them out as non-functional.

  4. 5)Move any furniture or stored items that block access to the electric panel(s), HVAC equipment, water heater(s), attics and crawl spaces. If extensive stored items around the attic hatch opening prevent access to the rest of the attic, clear an area for access. Also, remove any cars from the garage for the duration of the inspection if the home has an automatic garage door operator. The inspector cannot test the pressure-activated garage door stop with a car in the garage.

  5. 6)Unlock any areas the inspector must access: storage closets, attic hatches, fence gates, and crawl space access panels.

  6. 7)Arrange for your pets to be secured or removed from the premises during the inspection.

  7. 8)Trim bushes away from the walls of the house and tree limbs away from the roof.

  8. 9)Removed stored items from the foundation walls or base of exterior walls of home.

  9. 10) Catch up on any minor repairs needed for doorknobs and locks, damaged windowpanes, missing or damaged screens, and clogged gutters and downspouts.

   When you’re all done getting ready for the inspector, you will be justifiably proud of your home. And probably also curious, and a little nervous, about what the buyer’s inspector might find. If you are tempted to stick around for the inspection, please try to stifle that urge.

   You will only end up aggravated, and possibly make it difficult for the buyers and their inspector to have a frank, open conversation about the condition of your home. But, if you can’t resist sticking around, remember never to say this to the inspector: “I don’t think you’ll find anything wrong with this house!”

   It’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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