The home buyer is responsible for paying for the home inspection unless otherwise specified in the real estate purchase agreement. This also means that the home buyer decides which home inspection company is to perform the inspection. Once that decision has been made the buyer then needs to order the inspection and schedule it for a time that works for both them and the sellers.
Red flags are ultimately the decision of the home buyer. Meaning major concerns may differ from one buyer to the next. A home inspector is looking out for the safety of the family moving in to their new home so the safety defects indicated in the inspection report are always recommended to be addressed before moving in. Other concerns that home buyers consider red flags are going to be the big ticket items such as the roof, foundation, HVAC, electric, plumbing, and mold.
A general home inspection otherwise known as a whole home inspection is just that. The whole home is inspected from top to bottom including but not limited to the roof, guttering, foundation, exterior, irrigation system, windows, doors, electric, pluming, HVAC, water heater, kitchen appliances, interior floors, walls, and ceilings, crawl space, & attic. Excluding unaccessible areas such as inside walls, underground, and blocked areas. Other exclusion may be items that are unable to test such as smoke detectors and alarm systems.
Some buyers are unable to attend the inspection due to being out of town, work, or just don’t feel like intruding on the current owners. That is not a problem because they are not required to attend the inspection. It is encouraged to attend especially if you are a first time home buyer or have questions to ask the inspector. This will make it easier to explain the findings and point out any concerns at the property. A detailed report with pictures and descriptions are sent to the buyer so if they are not able to attend the report will explain all of the findings.
An inspection report will always have some concerns even in new construction. It is important to look at the concerns that may be costly or difficult to fix. From there the buyer needs to decide whether it is worth it for them to take on the property and fix any issues that are needed or search for another property.
The sellers and their agent do not receive a copy of the inspection reports unless specified from the buyer that they would like one sent to them. The buyer and their agent are sent the inspection reports. It is ultimately up to the buyer who ordered the inspection on who will receive it.
We do inspect pools as a part of our general home inspections for an additional $25. Items that are check are the pool surface, deck, skimmer, main drain, coping, lighting, pump, filter, heater, and any additional water features.
Florida is an ‘as is’ state, meaning sellers are not required to fix anything found on the inspection report. Although most of the time sellers are willing to address the main concerns whether they fix it themselves or credit the buyer by lowering the purchase price of the home.
For a standard 1500 square foot home or less the average time is 2 hours give or take 30 minutes depending on the condition of the property. Larger homes you can expect 30-45 extra minutes for every extra 1000 square feet.
Our home inspections start at $350 and can go up in price the larger the home and if any additional services are added. Condo inspections start at $275. Both include a wind mitigation and 4 point inspection at no extra cost.
Home inspections are not on a pass or fail basis. The purpose of the inspection report is to give an unbiased assessment of the property for the potential buyer. This will allow them to know what they are buying and if there are any concerns that need to be addressed before or after closing.