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What is a home inspection? What can I expect during a home inspection?
A home inspection is a top to bottom, impartial, non-invasive examination of a home by a qualified, licensed professional, to identify those items that may need repair, replacement or attention. Nothing is moved, removed or dismantled during a home inspection and only those items readily visible and accessible are noted. If the cause or source of a problem is identified, an inspector may provide referrals to licensed contractors for further review and possible correction or repair. A home inspection is always followed up with a detailed written report.
How in depth is a home inspection?
A standard home inspection includes a visual inspection of the condition of a home’s central air-conditioning and/or heating system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, roof, attic (including visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors), foundation and all visible, accessible structures, systems and components of the home.
Can’t my uncle, friend or even I do the inspection?
If the reason you're considering having a friend or relative do a home inspection is cheapness, ask yourself this: Is he/she trained, licensed and insured and equipped to check permits? Do they know what home inspectors look for? A properly licensed home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report on the condition of a property. However experienced a homeowner believes they are, they still lack the knowledge and expertise that a state licensed professional home inspector has. Home inspectors are knowledgeable in home construction, and understand how a home's systems and components work together. They know how and why components fail and know what to look for; and they can interpret what the results reveal about the condition of the property. Back to your uncle or friend – not only would they likely not have the training and experience necessary, there is also the problem of lack of liability insurance. Also, buyers often find it difficult to detach themselves and remain objective and unemotional about their dream home. A qualified, licensed and insured home inspector is impartial and simply reports the facts.
How long is a home inspection?
A thorough inspection of a typical 2,000 sq.ft. home on a slab will take 2 ½ to 4 hours; but it is dependent on many factors, including the size of the home, number of issues, attic access, if it has a crawl space, etc.
Do I have to attend the inspection?
You don’t have to be present during the inspection, but it is recommended. By following the inspector through the inspection process, observing and asking questions, you will learn a lot about your new home. If time doesn't allow for you to be present for the entire inspection, try to be there at the end for the closing discussion. The inspector will go over the most pertinent points with you, and you will be able to ask questions and look at any items of interest.
What if my house fails the inspection?
No house ever fails a home inspection. Hollywood and other municipalities do not require an inspection to verify local codes nor is a property inspection an appraisal of the market value. It is simply an inspection of the physical condition of a property and indicates what may need repair or replacement.
I’m selling my home. Should I have a home inspection?
Pre-listing inspections are recommended. If you know up front what conditions a buyer's inspector may report, you can address those items prior to listing. That way, you can anticipate a quicker closing, a higher selling price and a smoother transaction.
What if problems are identified?
No house is perfect. The point of a home inspection is to summarize the condition of the property, point out the need for major repairs and identify areas that may need attention in the near future. Buyers and sellers depend on an accurate home inspection to maximize their knowledge of the property in order to make intelligent decisions before executing a contract for sale or purchase. The seller may be willing to make repairs because of problems discovered by the inspector. A home inspection points out the positive aspects of a home too, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After an inspection, both parties (buyer and seller) have a much clearer understanding of the value and needs of the property. For homeowners, an inspection may be used to learn about preventive measures, which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, an inspection prior to placing your home on the market provides a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and provides you an opportunity to make repairs that will make your home more desirable to potential buyers.
What are the Florida Association of Building Inspectors and the American Society of Home Inspectors?
The Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI) and American Society of Home Inspectors® (ASHI) are two of the professional associations that set the standards of practice for home inspectors. ASHI is a nationwide organization; FABI is geared towards the specific issues that affect Florida homes. Bryant Home Inspections uses both these associations to facilitate their home inspections.
How do I find a home inspector?
All home inspectors who do business in Florida have to be licensed by the State of Florida. You can go online at www.myfloridalicense.com to check on the inspector’s credentials. They must also be insured - make sure you see a copy of their insurance policy. The inspector should also be a member of a professional home inspectors association like FABI, www.fabi.org; or ASHI, www.ashi.org. These associations have the highest professional qualifications, experience and business ethics in the industry.
What if I'm buying a foreclosure?
The lack of any type of disclosure from the bank or previous owner when a foreclosure is listed, makes it imperative that you get a home inspection. Banks may or may not negotiate the purchase price based on the report findings, but at least you will know what issues there are before you purchase the home.