More blog posts about home inspection and inspectors:

  1. What do you check in a mobile home inspection?

  2. Are you licensed and insured?

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

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

  5. Should I be there for the inspection?

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Can I do my own home inspection?

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

  13. What should I wear to a home inspection?

  14. Is a home inspection required?

  15. What happens at a home inspection?

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

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

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

  19. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  20. Can I do my own wind mitigation inspection?

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

  22. How much does a home inspection cost?

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

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

  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 1970’s house?

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

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

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

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

  33. What makes a house fail the home inspection?

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

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

  36. Where are the funny home inspection pictures?

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

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

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

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

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

  42. How can I make sure I don’t get screwed on the home inspection?

  43. Do home inspectors inspect outbuildings?

  44. What inspections does a bank or mortgage lender need for loan approval?

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

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inspection for our customers, but pack your own if you are not sure if your inspector will arrive prepared to keep you comfortable:

  1. Folding chair - Standing on your feet for the several hours it takes to complete a home inspection can be unpleasant, especially for senior citizens.

  2. Toilet paper - There never seems to be any next to the toilet in an empty house.

  3. Something to drink - A bottle of water or other beverage.


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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