Unless you’re Superman, you can’t see through walls. As mere mortals, we can’t see what may be going wrong with the electrical wiring, water pipes and utility conduits hidden behind the drywall.
Other areas of potential concern such as leaky roofs or failing appliances are often overlooked during the euphoria of the house hunting experience.
This is why a professional home inspection is so important. A Tampa home inspector is specially trained and licensed by the State of Florida to uncover areas of damage or imminent failure that the rest of us just don’t see. Home inspectors are not only equipped with a keen eye for detail, but they also have a number of tools and devices specifically designed to detect potential problems.
The most common issues involve excessive moisture, dangerous wiring, clogged pipes, leaky roofs, insufficient insulation or evidence of sub-standard workmanship.
Most inspections include a visual examination of the:
• Heating and cooling systems
• Visible structural elements
Home inspections aren’t cheap. Depending on the square footage of the home being inspected, some fees run as high as $400-$500. However, if the inspection stops you from buying a house that needs to have the roof replaced ($15,000), requires a new air conditioner ($6,500), or needs new kitchen appliances ($1,000 – $4,000), it’s money well-spent.
The home inspector also plays an important role in enforcing a crucial element of most home sales contracts. In many cases, the contract will be written to stipulate that if any damage is discovered, the seller must pay a flat amount or percentage of the sale price to fix or replace whatever is damaged or missing. The catch is, the damage must be discovered and documented by a “person who specializes in and holds an occupational license (if required by law) to conduct home inspections or who holds a Florida license to repair and maintain the items inspected.”
In short, it doesn’t matter if the buyer or Realtor believes something is wrong with home. Only a professional inspection will trigger the repair clause and require the seller to fix the problem(s).
Get the peace-of-mind you deserve with your new home and consider getting a home inspection.