What is a Homebuyer’s Inspection?

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A home inspection is a noninvasive, visual examination that assess the current condition of the physical structure and systems of a home.  A home inspection consists of two parts, an inspection of the exterior and an inspection of the interior.  This inspection is conducted by a licensed, certified, and trained home inspector.  The information from the inspection will help you make an informed decision concerning the home and an understanding exactly what you’re paying for.

What does a home inspection include?

The inspector follows a Standard of Practice, required by the state of Florida, that outlines what is covered in the home inspection.  These items include:

  • Structural elements: Construction of visible foundation, evidence of sagging or bowing of the structure, floors and floor framing, walls, ceilings, stairs, drainage systems and window alignment.
  • Safety: Operating fire and carbon monoxide alarms, condition of stairs, hand and guardrails, and garage door openers.
  • Grounds: Proper drainage, condition of the house's driveways and sidewalks.
  • Roof: Condition of shingles, any repairs/patches to flat roofs, clear vents, damage to chimneys, and properly working gutters.
  • Exterior surfaces: Siding/masonry/stucco material condition, properly working lights and electrical outlets.
  • Attic: Sufficient insulation, proper ventilation, and any sign of leaking or water damage
  • Interior plumbing: No visual damaged or leaking pipes, water heater, functioning toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers.
  • Electrical system: Type of visible wiring, and proper function of circuit breakers, outlets, light fixtures, and fans.
  • Appliances: Proper function built-in and free-standing appliances (stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave).
  • Heating and cooling systems: Condition of furnace, air conditioning (temperature permitting).
  • Insulation and ventilation: Insulation in unfinished attic and foundation areas, kitchen, bath, laundry venting systems and the presence of ventilation fans.
  • And more…


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Do the homebuyers have to be there?

It is not required for the homebuyer to be present for the inspection. However, it is highly recommended that the homebuyer attends so they can receive the most value from their inspection. This allows homebuyers to observe the inspector and ask questions throughout the process. Many homebuyers find that talking with their inspectors gives them a better understanding the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

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