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What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major systems of a home.
Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect, both indoors and out- in terms of repair and maintenance and their costs.
A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Water marks in areas throughout the home could indicate a chronic seepage problem or may simply be the result of a single incident.
The home inspector interprets these and other clues, and he presents his professional opinion as to the condition of the property before you buy, so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterwards.
Of course, a home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the type of maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape.
After the inspection you will have a much clearer understanding of what it is you are about to purchase, and you will be able to make your decision confidently.
If you have owned your home for a period of time, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and recommend preventive measures, which might avoid future repairs.
What does a home inspection include?
A visual examination of the house from top to bottom. The inspector will examine the heating and air conditioning system, the interior, plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation and visible structure.
Can I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands of homes in his career.
An inspector is equally familiar with all the elements of home construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and interrelationship of those elements.
Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.
Even if you have the knowledge, will the home seller allow you to spend hours opening closets and going into the attic/crawl spaces?
What will a home inspection cost?
The inspection fee will vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, age, special structures, etc.
However, the cost should not be a factor in the decision whether or not to have a home inspection.
You might save many times the cost of the inspection if you are able to negotiate the repairs of significant problems revealed by the inspector.
Can a house "fail" inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective home and is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection.
A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of immediate or near future repair or replacement.
Choosing Your Home Inspector
Does the inspector have a construction related background?
Anyone can sign up to take a course on "How to Do Home Inspections" no matter what type of work related background or experience they may have, so it is imperative to choose an inspector that can offer you years of experience prior to hiring them to inspect your home versus one who has just completed a "How To" course.
Young Home Inspections' inspectors all have some type of construction background; electrical, framing, plumbing, etc., and the majority of our inspectors have been with our team for 10+ years.
Does the inspector have general liability insurance?
Young Home Inspections does maintain the required general liability insurance.
Does the inspector carry worker's compensation insurance?
A sole operator and owner of a home inspection company can apply with the State of Florida to be exempt from carrying worker's compensation insurance.
Young Home Inspections does carry worker's compensation insurance for ALL of our inspectors.
Is the inspector a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)?
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the leading International professional organization and requires the following from each individual inspector:
- Passing scores on rigorous inspector examination
- Successful completion of InterNACHI Code of Ethics Course
- Successful completion of thorough InterNACHI pre-certification training program
- Each member must complete and maintain 24 hours of continuing education per year to maintain membership.
- Conducting business within the guidelines of the InterNACHI Code of Ethics as well as the InterNACHI Standards of Practice
Is the home inspector claiming that his or her reports "meet or exceed InterNACHI Standards"?
If so, it is likely that they are not Certified Members of InterNACHI: they are simply claiming to be "as good as" InterNACHI members.
At Young Home Inspections each of our inspectors are InterNACHI Certified as well as state licensed by the state of Florida.
How long has the company been in business?
The length of time a company has been in business is a good indication that it has been successful in providing a fine and reputable service.
Young Home Inspections is locally owned, not a franchise, and has been protecting Tampa Bay Homebuyers since 1989.
Will I get the inspector's voice mail during the business day, or a professional office staff to assist me?
Since sole operators do not always have the resources to have a professional office staff handle their incoming calls, you may find some inspectors will answer the phone themselves, sometimes during the course of performing a home inspection on someone's property. Or, you may get passed into a voice mail and have to await a reply.
Young Home Inspections has a courteous and professional office staff available Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm to assist you, and our regular office staff also rotates weekend phone coverage.
Should I attend the home inspection?
Young Home Inspections highly encourages your presence at the inspection so that the inspector can review the findings with you at the end of the inspection.
If you are unable to be present for the entire inspection, we recommend that you arrive between the middle and the end of the inspection to review the report.
When will I receive the report?
Your home inspection report will be posted online and available to you the very next day, unless inspection wsa on Saturday and then you would receive on the following monday. With an email directly from our Quality Assurance division, we will notify you when your report is finished.
How long will it take to evaluate my property?
Buyer beware if an inspector promotes performing your inspection in 1 to 1-1/2 hours. The home inspection process is not an area that you want to rush through!
The length of the inspection should not be important if the end result is thoroughness!
Young Home Inspections' typical inspection will take 2-1/2 to 3 hours; however, our office staff can provide you with an estimated timeframe based on the particulars of your property to be inspected.
What to Expect After the Inspection
Will the inspector be available to answer questions days after the inspection?
Young Home Inspections' office staff is always in full communication with the field. We will relay any messages to our inspectors and they will be more than happy to return calls for any questions our clients may have, any time after the inspection and during.
Once the inspector receives a message from Young Home Inspections' office, you should receive a call within 24 hours. Our inspectors will always attempt to return phone calls in between inspections throughout the day or later in the evening after their last inspection.
Does the inspector provide a service where he will perform a re-inspection to evaluate deficiencies reported during the original inspection?
Young Home Inspections does offer an additional service where we will re-visit the property to re-evaluate earlier reported deficiencies to ensure they have been properly repaired.