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 are the questions a home inspector won’t answer?

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

  5. Should a home inspection scare you?

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

  7. Do you see similar problems with houses in the same neighborhood?

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

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

  10. Are you licensed and insured?

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

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

  13. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

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

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

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

  17. What should I wear to a home inspection?

  18. How do sellers try to fool the home inspector?

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

  20. How much does a home inspection cost?

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

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

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

  24. Do you lift up the carpet to look for cracks in the floor?

  25. What do you inspect in the crawl space under a house?

  26. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

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

  28. What is the average lifespan of a house?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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. Do I need a home inspection to get insurance?

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

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

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

  44. What does a home inspection include?

  45. Why do home inspectors sometimes specify “further evaluation and possible repair” instead of a specific repair or replacement?

  46. The one question we get asked most often: “Will that be in the report?”

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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.

   All inspectors have their own standard sequence for evaluating a home,  with some doing the roof first, for example. We look at it it last, after inspecting the exterior, interior, and attic. But no matter what the inspector’s personal sequence, it can disruptive to insist that they examine something you are concerned about right way. When an inspector gets out of sequence, it increases the possibly of missing a defect. You won’t get the best inspection possible.

   The inspection ends with a wrap-up review of the findings with the buyers and their realtor. A written report, often with a summary of key items, follows at the site or the next day by email.

    To learn more about the home inspection process, we suggest reading several of our other blogs. Check out “What questions should I ask a home inspector I’m considering hiring?” for HUD’s ten suggested questions for evaluating a potential home inspector. To get a list of suggested items to bring with you to improve your home inspection experience, see “What should I bring to the home inspection?”. See “What questions should I ask the home inspector during the inspection?” for ways to get the information you need from the inspector. And visit “What is the best way to negotiate repairs after the home inspection?” for tips on working with your realtor to get any necessary repairs worked out with the seller.


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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