More Blog Posts on Home Inspection:

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

  2. Can I do my own home inspection?

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

  4. Should a home inspection scare you?

  5. Should I be suspicious about a concrete block house covered with siding?

  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 problems should I look for when buying a country house in a rural area?

  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. 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 problems do you look for when a house has been vacant or abandoned?

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

  24. Do you have any home inspection tips for buyers?

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

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

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

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

  29. Does wood rot spread? Is it contagious?

  30. What is the average lifespan of a house?

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

  32. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s home?

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

  34. When did the first Florida Building Code (FBC) begin and become effective?

  35. What is a “continuous load path”?

  36. Should I buy a house that has had foundation repair?

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

  38. What are the green plastic discs in the ground around the house?

  39. Why are expired building permits a problem for both the seller and buyer of a home?

  40. How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole?

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

  42. What are the pros and cons of concrete block versus wood frame construction?

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

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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.

  1. Other localities are known to have veins of clay soil and a higher incidence of structural problems related to soil heaving. Sinkholes tend to occur randomly, but certain areas have more sinkhole activity. To read more about clay soil and and sinkholes, go to our blog ”What’s my chance of buying a Gainesville home over a sinkhole?”

  2. Developments with houses that were all built at approximately the same time have similar, predictable defects related to their age. Homes that are 20-years old, for example, are likely to have HVAC systems, water heaters, and roofs that are ready for replacement. Neighborhoods from the 1960s that have galvanized steel water supply piping—which was popular with builders during that era—are likely to have reduced water flow at the the faucets due to an accumulation of rust flakes in the pipes. To learn about the average lifespan of the components of a home, go to our blog “How much life is left in that air conditioner?”

  Every neighborhood has its own unique characteristics, and experienced home inspectors, like us, can often fill you in on the their particular quirks.


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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