More Blog Posts on Home Inspection:

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

  2. Do you see similar problems with houses in the same neighborhood?

  3. Can I do my own home inspection?

  4. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?

  5. Should a home inspection scare you?

  6. Is it still possible to do an inspection if there’s no electricity or water?

  7. What happens at a home inspection?

  8. What questions should I ask the home inspector during the inspection?

  9. We looked at the house carefully, and it seems alright. Do we really need a home inspection?

  10. What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection?

  11. What is the best way to negotiate repairs after the home inspection?

  12. Are you licensed and insured?

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

  14. What does the VA home inspector look for?

  15. How can I tell if cracks in the garage floor are a problem or not?

  16. What should I bring to the home inspection?

  17. What do I need to know about a condo inspection?

  18. Are there any minimum standards that a home inspection must meet in Florida?

  19. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

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

  21. What tools do you use for a home inspection?

  22. How much does a home inspection cost?

  23. What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property?

  24. What do I need to know about buying a 1950s house?

  25. What can I learn from talking with the seller?

  26. What do you inspect in the crawl space under a house?

  27. Should I buy a foreclosure house if the bank refuses to turn on the utilities?

  28. What are those metal boxes on the roof?

  29. What are the requirements for a room to classified as a bedroom?

  30. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

  31. Where are the funny home inspection pictures?

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

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

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  1. 4)There is a walker, folded up and leaning against the wall in the garage. The home in the photo above, that we inspected just last week, was unusual in that the walker was in the living room, unfolded and ready to go for a stroll.

    Fifteen years ago it was an amusing game for us to guess whether it was a home of someone recently departed. I would later ask the realtor the very polite question: “Is this house an estate?” And we were almost always right, unless you count the occasional “no, but she had to move to assisted living” as a bad call.

   Now that we are both senior citizens ourselves the guessing game is not as much fun. It is our future. And also the future of almost every house—to be a dead person’s house—because houses typically outlive their owners, no matter how many years they stay in them.

   We are always conscious during a home inspection that we are dealing with people in a transition of some sort in their lives, both the buyers and the sellers. Sometimes their emotions flare up while we are there, due to the tension of the change, and we have come to expect that. Then again, sometimes the homeowner has already transitioned before we arrive.


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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