A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components. In addition to a home inspection and depending upon the age of the home, your homeowner’s insurance company may require a four point inspection. A four point inspection provides insight for the insurance company regarding age and condition of four main components of the home; roof, electrical, air conditioning and plumbing.
In the state of Florida buyer’s are always encouraged and sometimes required to purchase a Wood Destroying Organism report also referred to as a WDO. This is an inspection to check for termites, wood rot, or other wood destroying organisms. This report will show any past or present issues with the home.
Inspections are done for two main reasons. To enlighten the homeowner about the condition of the home they are purchasing and to show them some basic steps in order to maintain the home. I always encourage home buyers to come to the inspection and try to spend a few minutes with their home inspector going over the report. They will show you how to change air filters, keep air conditioning units clean. Things to watch out for with the home regarding maintenance and then go over the summary from their report. This is a great time for home buyers to ask questions. After 13 years in real estate and dozens of home inspectors I refer all of my clients to Certified Building Inspectors. They have been around forever and they are extremely thorough and knowledgeable in all different types of homes. They also offer several different additional tests for consumers.