What can I expect from a Home Inspection

Visual Inspection:

A Home Inspection is a non-invasion view of the residence and operating its build in permanent appliances using normal means of operation.  Meaning the inspector will get into all accessible areas and view what the visual conditions as they are the day of the inspection.  A Home Inspection is a Generalist of the items within the home, such as the Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Structural, Roofing, Pool, Appliances etc…

To guide you what they do it may be easier to tell you what they CAN’T do.  Home Inspectors cannot see within walls.  Thermal Infrared cameras can only see surface temperatures and not within wall cavities.  Home Inspectors cannot give you an exact date items will fail.  Some items work well today and fail the next day.  Home Inspectors cannot determine items outside the scope of the inspection given the conditions at the time of the inspection.  Be aware that Florida goes through some long periods of inactive rain.  If it is not raining your roof is not leaking.   There are tell tale signs that water intrusion is occurring but if a leak is at its infancy stage and no staining is on the wood and its not raining, there would be no way to tell the roof is leaking.  If something takes 20 hours of operation and then starts making a strange noise, there would be no way a Home Inspector can tell that given the parameters of the inspection.

To protect yourself ask your Potential Home Inspector these questions:

  1.  How long has your Home Inspection Company been in business?   NOT how long in the trades, how much “experience” do you have, these answers can be very vague and interpreted different ways.  There is no better experience for being a home inspector than BEING a home inspector.
  2. Ensure they are licensed by the State of Florida
  3. Ensure they have a State of Florida Mold Assessors License.  Even though you may not order a mold test, don’t you want them to not know about it when inspecting your house?
  4. Ensure they are experienced and licensed in Termite Inspections for the same reason above.  Wouldn’t you want your home inspector to be knowledgeable about termites?
  5. Check their affiliations, are they members of an organization with Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics?
  6. Check their other qualifications such as Certified Master Inspector,  Master Indoor Environmentalist, Radon Certifications etc…

Remember there are no greater qualifications for Home Inspections than actually being a Home Inspector.  People try to make their “qualifications” fit the profession.  Review their website, review their sample reports and ask any questions that concern you.  This is a large investment, protect it by hiring the right people with your best interest at heart.

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Posted on April 3, 2012, in Inspections and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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