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

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

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

  8. What should I wear to a home inspection?

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

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

  11. Are you licensed and insured?

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

  13. What happens at a home inspection?

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

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

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

  17. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

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

  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. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

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

  24. What is the average lifespan of a house?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

progress inspections on a residence under construction, most of their work involves evaluating existing or newly completed houses. The home inspector does a visual inspection of readily accessible areas of a home, and also tests the electrical and plumbing systems, doors and windows, and major appliances. Looking for evidence of foundation or other structural problems, along with evaluating the condition of the roof, are also part of a home inspector’s work.  The inspector delivers a report that provides an overview of the condition of the home, listing any defects and necessary maintenance.

   A recurring complaint that home inspectors get from sellers is: “The building department inspected this home and signed off on it. Why are you now finding all these things wrong?” The answer is that home inspectors are looking at the home from a different and more comprehensive viewpoint, and checking things that are not the responsibility of a building inspector. Also, as time passes, building components deteriorate, and a home inspector takes note of areas that are ready for repair or replacement.

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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