Digits Matter: The Importance of Hiring a Licensed Home Inspector

internachi-honor-guaranteeHiring a home inspector is important whether buying a home, preparing your own home to sell, or are a real estate agent attemtping to sell a house that has come into your care. However, hiring a quality home inspector is vital…and by quality, we are referring to one that is licensed and insured.
Why is it so important to verify that your inspector is properly licensed and covered?
First, a licensed inspector protects YOU. If something goes wrong during an inspector’s time in your home, or if there is any type of damage to your home or property during the inspection, you could be left liable and paying for it out of your own pocket if your home inspector is not properly licensed and insured. Additionally, if your inpsection is not completed by someone with the proper licesnure, it might not be considered valid by insurance companies. That means if your home ends up having a major (and often expensive) issue, you might be left holding the bill yourself since the insurance company won’t pay up on a home that wasn’t inspected to their specifications.
Secondly, a licensed professional protects your home. Licensed home inspectors are required to stay up-to-date on the latest statistics, equipment, requirements, etc. by participating in extensive continuing education classes and trainings. This means your inspection can not, and should not, be questioned by an insurance provider or anyone else requiring the home inspection. If something happens to your home, you can be confident that if it was cleared by a licensed home inspector before your purchase, and you have the proper documentation, the insurance company should have no problem providing compensation.
Residential Inspection Consultants are proud to serve Polk County with high-quality, personalized home inspection services that are backed by not only the proper license and insurance requirements, but InterNACHI certification as well. When you hire us, you know you are getting the very best, and you can be confident in your final inspection report. If you are preparing to buy or sell a home in the Central Florida area, give us a call!

Fact or Fiction? 5 Things Buyers Need to Know About Home Inspections

house-for-sale-2845213_640Home inspections have a variety of theories surrounding them. People often envision a guy going through their home checking off a host of things that are WRONG with the house, and the potential buyers nervously waiting on results, only to be disappointed as they read the report and (figuratively) see the house of their dreams come crashing down.
While this could be true in a (small) handful of circumstances, the typical home inspection experience is actually not that stressful, and can be very helpful to potential home buyers (or sellers!) when they want to feel good about their financial investment and living environment.
So, what are the myths you should watch out for, and what are the actual facts when it comes to having someone inspect your current or potential home?
Seller Responsibility
 
When an issue is found in a house, the most likely response an inspector will hear from the potential buyer is “Well the seller has to fix that, right?”. That is false. While some sellers are willing to work with potential buyers to repair issues in order to continue forward with the contract, people selling their home are not required to fix anything prior to selling their house under the average contract. While this is indeed frustrating to a potential buyer, it also shows the importance of hiring a home inspector before you sign on the dotted line. If you aren’t willing to spend the money to discover the issues and make the needed repairs, those issues could become larger and more costly (or dangerous!) and you need to re-negotiate the contract or walk away.
No Inspection Needed for New Homes 
 
This is a HUGE myth. New homes are no less subject to issues than any other house. If anything, in today’s world where homes are put together quickly and (unfortunately) cheaply, there can be a plethora of issues that aren’t visible to the naked and untrained eye. By hiring an inspector for your new home, you might be able to catch issues before an applicable warranty runs out, and that could save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run.
Old Stucco Is A Deal-Breaker
 
Not true. It’s actually the modern stuff you need to worry about. Old stucco (anything before the 1990s) is usually not a problem if it has been properly maintained. However, homes built during and after the 90s often have moisture issues with the stucco, and it’s recommended by many inspectors that you invest in an invasive moisture test before purchasing a post-90s stucco home.
Buyers Aren’t Welcome Until the End
 
This lies somewhere between fact and myth. It really depends on the inspector. Some ask that buyers only come at the end of the process, and then they can go over the report with the buyers in detail. Others actually prefer to have buyers go through the home with them, and they talk through issues as they come up. It’s best to communicate with your inspector and find out their preference. By following what they feel most comfortable with, you’ll end up with the best experience. On the flip side, home sellers, or their representing realtor, usually prefer to be on site during the inspection. This protects them, and the inspector, as there will be no debate as to whether an issue was pre-existing or happened during the course of the inspection.
We hope these tips will help you when you are in the market to purchase or sell a home. From the information above, you can clearly see that much lies upon the foundation of hiring a good quality home inspector who cares about your needs and wants the best possible outcome for you and your family. Here in Central Florida, new home construction and real estate selling is on the rise, and buyers are looking for someone they can trust. Polk County residents know that the answer is Residential Inspection Consultants. We are a family owned and operated business, and are equipped to handle all of your inspection needs, from 4-point insurance inspection to radon testing and everything in between. Give us a call to schedule your appointment!