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How to Look

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HOME INSPECTION
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    Statistics show that older homes have more claims than newer ones, usually related to deteriorated components like an older roof or water heater—both of which have the potential for an expensive claim when they start leaking. So when a home becomes 20-years or older your insurer may request that you provide a four point inspection or roof certification report to write a policy for your newly purchased home or to renew a policy. Homes that are less than 50-years old may be insurable without a four point inspection, usually with a company that charges more than one that requires a four point. Once the home is 50-years and older in Florida, a four point inspection is definitely required. Also, some insurers are starting to require four point inspections for older mobile homes. One company is an exception to these guidelines: State Farm now requires a four point inspection to bind insurance for homes of any age in Florida.

    See our blog posts “Why does my homeowner’s insurance want a four point inspection?” and “Why does my homeowner’s insurance want a roof inspection?” to learn more.

    There is also an optional wind mitigation inspection, that checks the storm-resistant features of your home and can get you a discount on the windstorm portion of your homeowners policy. The inspection is not necessary in order to get insurance, but Florida insurers are mandated by law to give your discounts according to the storm-resistant construction details that are documented in the inspection report. See our blog post “Is a wind mitigation inspection report (OIR-B1-1802) required for homeowners insurance in Florida?” for more information.


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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