Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Home Inspections; What Should You Know

Home inspection is a very important part of the home buyer process and is a buyers expense.  An inspection will give the buyer an understanding of  the present condition of the property they are purchasng.  The most common inspection is a comprehensive inspection and termite inspection.  There are other specific inspections that can be done also such as mold inspection, septic tank, well inspection.  Other less common inspections are radon and lead testing.  Prices of inspection depend on the size of the and age of the home.   A typical comprehensive inspection on an average home maybe $275-375.  Any type of home can be inspected from a manufactured home to new construction.  New construction you can inspection of each phase in the construction or one inspection when home completed.

During an inspection, the inspector will review the functional items in a home such as roof, attic structure, foundation, exterior, interior, appliances, plumbing, electrical, and plumbing.  Cosmetic items are not considered as part of the inspection, so stains in the carpet or scuff marks on a wall for example are considered cosmetic.  A home inspection will last about 2-3 hours depending on size of home and the number of deficiencies.

There are many inspectors in the business, and unlike a termite inspector, inspectors do not need to be licensed in the State of Florida.  So it is important that you choose an inspector who is in the business full time, licensed, insured, and holds one or more credentials, such as FABI, ASHI, ICC.