More blog posts about insurance, inspections and related issues:

  1. What do you look for when you inspect a roof?

  2. What are the most common problems with older houses?

  3. Can I do my own wind mitigation inspection?

  4. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

  5. Why does my homeowner’s insurance want a roof inspection?

  6. What do I need to know about buying a foreclosure?

  7. How do you determine when the house was built?

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

  9. Should a home inspection scare you?

  10. Are you licensed and insured?

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

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

  13. Should I be there for the inspection?

  14. Is a home inspection required?

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

  16. Can I do my own home inspection?

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

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

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

  20. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  21. How much does a home inspection cost?

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

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

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

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

  26. Do I need a home inspection to get insurance?

  27. How is Citizens Property Insurance different from the other Florida homeowners insurance companies?

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  1. A roof inspection is another type of inspection that is beginning to be requested more often for homes that are 20 to 30-years old. It is essentially one point of the 4-point inspection, and after 30-years old the roof condition is evaluated as part of the 4-point.
       To learn more about roof inspections, go to our blog:
    Why does my homeowner’s insurance want a roof inspection?

  2. The wind mitigation inspection, officially called a “Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection,” is not required to get insurance. But your agent may ask you to get one in order to reduce the cost of your insurance, especially the windstorm portion of the policy.
       To learn more about wind mitigation inspections, go to our blog:
    What is a wind mitigation form for homeowner’s insurance?

  3. Other inspections that are occasionally requested are an electrical system inspection by a licensed electrician, typically for a homes that have been abandoned for an extended period of time or have been vandalized. Also, an inspection of the plumbing, by a licensed plumber, may be needed for a home with galvanized steel piping in questionable condition.


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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