Getting a home inspection
People wanting to buy a home in Florida should make sure that the home they are considering receives an independent inspection before it is purchased. Inspections conducted by professionals can ensure the buyer is not saddled with a home that requires extensive repairs.
More than 90 percent of home sales are contingent on a home inspection, and the number of inspections that are performed each year is increasing, based on information from the American Society of Home Inspectors. This data indicates the significant role they have in the process of buying a home.
Homes that have not been well maintained by previous owners may have multiple issues, such as poorly maintained furnaces, heating or air conditioning filters that should be replaced or leaking faucets. Homes that are in foreclosure may have even more defects that the seller may have tried to hide or minimize.
The process of a home inspection may vary from inspector to inspector. Typically, an inspection will include a report that details the type, and condition, if applicable, of the home’s electrical system, basement, drainage system, roofing, cooling and heating system, flooring, ceilings, plumbing and walls. Most inspections do not include an in-depth investigation into issues that are examined by licensed professionals. This includes problems related to chemicals, termites, lead, rodents and gas leaks. Home buyers should also know that only moderate to serious issues are covered by home inspections. They should not expect to receive a report detailing every minute flaw in the home. However, the inspector may mention the information during a walk-through of the property.
In addition to inspectors and other professionals, an attorney who practices real estate law may assist individuals who want to purchase residential property. Typical services may include negotiating and reviewing purchase, escrow and mortgage documents, resolving title issues and handling closings.