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  1. Should a home inspection scare you?

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

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

  4. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

  5. Are you licensed and insured?

  6. What is the difference between “character” and a defect in an old house?

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

  8. Is a home inspection required?

  9. Should I be there for the inspection?

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

  11. Is it common for an insurance company to require an inspection?

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

  13. Can I do my own home inspection?

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

  15. What’s the difference between a roof inspection and a roofing estimate?

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

  17. Do inspectors go on the roof? Do they get in the attic?

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

  19. What happens at a home inspection?

  20. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  21. What different types of specialized inspections can I get?

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

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

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

  25. What is the difference between a home inspection and a final walkthrough inspection?

  26. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

  27. What is the average lifespan of a house?

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

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

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

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

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

  33. What is a “continuous load path”?

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

  35. Should I only hire an inspector that is a member of a national association like ASHi, InterNACHI, or NAHI?

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

  37. Where are the funny home inspection pictures?

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

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

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

  41. Does my home have to be inspected to get insurance?

  42. Who should pay for the home inspection?

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

  44. What are the most Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) at a home inspection?

  45. What are the common causes of ceiling stains in a house?

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

  47. Should I buy a house with fire damage?