You found your dream home. Now, it is time to conduct your due diligence by getting a home inspection.
A home inspection should not be skipped, it can save a home buyer from potential issues with their new home in the future,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowners insurance agency.
Results from a home inspection could affect the purchase of a home. Florida homeowners are required by law to disclose all known problems that could negatively impact the value of a home to a potential buyer. Requesting an updated Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement is a good start. However, the seller can only disclose problems they are aware of regarding the property. A home inspection can reveal problems the current homeowner might not know about.
Home inspection services should be performed by a licensed home inspector. They are required to provide written reports of the home inspection. The report will contain detailed information on the property and be delivered no longer than a week after the inspection. Florida law requires the inspector to check the following:
Structural components including framing and the foundation of the home
Electrical system including service panels, breakers and fuses
HVAC system equipment and venting
Roof covering including shingles, flashing and skylights
Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, water heating equipment and sump pumps
Interior components including walls, ceilings, floor, windows, doors, stairs and railings
Exterior components including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways, railings and driveways.
As well as site conditions that affect the structure
Keep in mind, home inspections are defined by Florida law as, “a limited visual examination.” While home inspectors cover a lot they do not cover the following unless specified.
Pest control and termites
Swimming pools and hot tubs
Fire and smoke detection and suppression systems
Environmental hazards-asbestos, radon gas, lead paint, toxic mold
Detached structures- docks, garages, sheds
Several of these listed are real issues in Florida homes. To check for those, a specialized inspector is required.