FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of most frequently asked questions about home inspections in Central Florida

Q. What is a Home Inspection

A. A home inspection is an examination of every aspect of a house before you purchase – from the roof to the crawl space, and from cracks and decay on the inside to downspout drainage on the outside. Homebuyers and sellers may be surprised at just how extensive a home inspection can be and how many hidden problems a thorough examination may reveal. Here is a sample of what gets checked out during a home inspection:

  • Structural System (foundation, slabs, framing, and beams)

  • Electrical System and Components (wiring, conductors, service panel, lighting fixtures, and switches)

  • HVAC System (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that involves an air conditioner, ductwork, furnace, or other installed heating systems)

  • Plumbing (sump pumps, drainage systems, water heaters, and faucets)

  • Roof and Gutters

In addition to the main systems, the home’s interior will be scrutinized as well. That includes:

  • Floors

  • Walls

  • Ceilings

  • Stairs

  • Railings

  • Doors

  • Windows (including locks and latches)

  • Fireplaces

  • Chimneys

  • Insulation

  • Kitchen Appliances (dishwasher, garbage disposal, oven, refrigerator, microwave, etc.)

  • Bathroom (sinks, drains, fans, lights, toilets, showers, etc.)

  • Laundry Rooms

  • Attic

  • Basement

  • Crawl Space

Even with all these areas, a home inspector’s work is not over. Your home inspector will also look for signs of insect infestation that can wreak havoc on a house. Wood destroying organisms, such as termites, particularly enjoy Florida’s humid climate. Unfortunately, these and other pesky insects can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages to homes. Inspectors can spot the signs of an insect invasion so homeowners can take action to remedy the problem.

Your home inspector can also check for mold, which grows in dark, damp, and warm environments. If not removed, mold can spread throughout a house and affect the residents’ health, especially if they have allergies or asthma.

Q. What Does a Home Inspection Company Do?

A. A home inspection company helps potential home buyers and sellers by examining a house or other residential property to determine its overall condition. Both buyers and sellers are more likely to choose a company with experienced, state-certified inspectors who provide professional home inspection services.

Q. How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?

A. The time it takes to perform a home inspection depends on several factors, including the size of the home. For example, it may take an inspector only two or three hours to inspect a single-bedroom ranch home, but longer for a multi-story, multi-bedroom house.

Q. Who Pays for Home Inspection (Services)?

A. Generally, the home buyer pays for the inspection since an inspection serves as protection for the buyer. However, a pre-listing home inspection can help a seller to increase the chances of selling their home quickly and for the asking price, they want by providing clear facts about the details of their home. In that case, the seller will pay for the inspection and the buyer will typically pay for any additional inspections of the home.

Depending on the defects found in the home, an inspector’s findings could have the potential to change a buyer’s willingness to pay the seller’s asking price. For example, if an inspection report finds that a house has significant damage, the buyer may be willing to walk away from the deal or want to negotiate a lower price because of the needed repairs to the home.

On the other hand, with a pre-listing home inspection, a seller can choose to make any repairs before listing their home for sale or determine the lowest amount they’re willing to accept if they home buyer asks for a lower price due to the necessary repairs.


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