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

  3. Should a home inspection scare you?

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

  5. Are you licensed and insured?

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

  7. Is a home inspection required?

  8. Should I be there for the inspection?

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

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

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

  12. Can I do my own home inspection?

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

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

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

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

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

  18. What happens at a home inspection?

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

  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. What makes a house fail the home inspection?

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

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

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

  36. Should I buy a house that has had foundation repair?

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

  38. Where are the funny home inspection pictures?

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

  40. Why are expired building permits a problem for both the seller and buyer of a home?

  41. Do home inspectors test all the appliances?

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

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

  44. I can’t find a local home inspector. What should I do?

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

  46. Who should pay for the home inspection?

  47. The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get one of my own?

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

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

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

  51. How can I make sure my house doesn’t fail the home inspection?

  52. Do home inspectors inspect outbuildings?

  53. Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet?

  54. Can a Florida licensed contractor do home inspections without having a home inspector license?

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

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