SHOULD I HAVE THE HOME INSPECTED? A home inspection is a mainly visual evaluation of a home’s condition. Home inspectors typically provide inspection services to determine the performance of the home and the investment you’re making in it. If you are purchasing a new or resale property, we highly recommend that you have a professional home inspector conduct a thorough inspection. Your home cannot “pass or fail” an inspection, and your inspector will not tell you whether he/she thinks the home is worth the money you are offering. The inspector’s job is to make you aware of repairs which are recommended or necessary. We recommend being present for the last 30 minutes of the inspection. This will allow you to review the report with the inspector so you will be able to clearly understand the report and know exactly which areas need attention. 4 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A HOME INSPECTOR How long have you been inspecting homes? How many inspections have you done? What are your qualifications, certifications and training? What was your job before you were a home inspector? (Ideally, your pro was in contracting or building.) 25 TRUSTED REAL ESTATE EXPERTS
INSPECTION TYPES The inspection is not designed to criticize cosmetic issues or defects in the home. It is intended to report on damages, problems that require repair or items that are not functioning correctly. Should the inspector find any serious problem, we will seek professionals to further evaluate the issue. A GENERAL INSPECTION General inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, which will include checking appliances, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning & heating, ventilation, roof & attic, foundation, and general structure. A FOUR POINT INSPECTION A Four Point Inspection focuses only on four main areas of interest in a home: HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), electrical wiring and panels, plumbing connections, fixtures, and roof. The inspection and report describes the condition and age of these elements. For homes 25 years or older, this is an insurance requirement. WIND MITIGATION Wind mitigation inspections look for construction features that have been shown to reduce losses in hurricanes, such as a hip roof, concrete block construction, the presence of gable end bracing, shutters and opening protections, the presence of roof to wall attachments such as clips or hurricane straps, and the presence of a secondary water resistance barrier. WDO/TERMITE A Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection informs sellers, prospective buyers and lenders about any termite infestations and damage to the home due to wood pests and wood rot.