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

  15. What should I bring to the home inspection?

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

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

  18. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

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

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

  21. How much does a home inspection cost?

  22. What is the difference between a building inspector and a home inspector?

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

  26. What are those metal boxes on the roof?

  27. What can go wrong when a homeowner encloses a porch without a building permit?

  28. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

  29. What is the difference between an FHA inspection and a home inspection?

  30. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970’s house?

  31. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

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

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

  34. What makes a house fail the home inspection?

  35. Should I trust the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement?

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

  37. Where are the funny home inspection pictures?

  38. Should I follow the home inspector around during the inspection?

  39. Do home inspectors test all the appliances?

  40. Why do realtors call some home inspectors “deal killers”?

  41. What does a home inspector mean by calling something “not readily accessible”?

  42. What tips do first-time homebuyers need to know to get a better home inspection?

  43. Does a home inspector give cost estimates for repairs?

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

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

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

   But you have another option: visit with the neighbors. They are often thrilled at the prospect of meeting the new homeowner, and can provide plenty of information you will never get anywhere else. Yes, you may meet a stone-faced type that is irritated at your knock on the door, but just move on to the next house and and you will find someone glad to talk with you. Be sure to also ask for their thoughts about the neighborhood, what they remember about the previous owners, any recent crimes in the area, and whether they they are happy living there. Much of the history of the home can be gathered from a long-time neighbor, and your detective work will often be rewarded with a better understanding of the property.


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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