How much do you really know about the inspection process for your new Winter Garden home?
A home inspector examines the physical structure and systems of a home. You can expect an inspector to spend about two to four house evaluating the home. There may need to be further evaluations completed on the home if problems or systems are a concern.
Test your knowledge and contact us anytime with questions or for additional information regarding your Central Florida Home Inspection.
1. Florida Home Inspectors are certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). True or False?
Answer: False. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is responsible for licensing and regulating home inspectors.
2. Home Inspectors inspect only the exterior of the home. True or False?
Answer: False. A home inspector not only evaluates the exterior of the home, but the interior of the home as well. A home inspector checks a variety of items including but not limited to the heating system, central air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, siding, gutters, walkways, patios, porches, pool pumps, driveways, garages, roof, attic and insulation. The walls, ceilings, fireplaces, laundry, kitchen appliances, bath and shower, floors, doors and windows are also checked. The inspector will look at the foundation, and any other visible structures of the home to ensure there are no problem areas.
3. There is a standard fee for all inspections no matter the size or age of the home, or features in the home. True or False?
Answer: False. Be sure to always get quotes from at least 2 or 3 inspectors before you begin the inspection process. Inspection costs range based on square footage of the home, age of the home and any interior or exterior features of your home. Typically expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for your home inspection. In the end, it will be worth every penny spent.
4. My inspector will just notify me by phone about the inspection. True or False?
Answer: False. Any great inspector will prepare a report that gets emailed to you regarding their findings from the inspection. Be sure to ask the inspector if they do this before you hire them. This is a plus and a must have so that you can review everything in writing.
5. I work during the day; do I have to be there during the inspection? Yes or No?
Answer: Yes and No!! You do not have to be there for the inspection; however, we recommend that you at least meet up with the inspector an hour before they are complete, so that you can walk the areas with the inspector. The inspector will highlight the areas that were found as concerns and you can ask any questions right then and there. An inspector will provide you with follow up, but it is always a good practice to at least be there at the end of the inspection.
Read another article about property inspections and why we recommend them for any home.