When you buy a property, it is a good idea to do an home inspection, even if it’s not an obligation.

The standard home inspection’s report covers the condition of the home’s heating and central air conditioning system, interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; as well as the foundation, basement and structural components. The cost will vary with the type of home to be inspected and their size, but the price range goes from 200 dollars up to 400 dollars or more for homes over 2 000 sqft.

Some inspections are required to be done by specialists, such as :

  • The WDO inspection (Wood Destroying Organism). This inspection informs sellers, prospective buyers and lenders about any termite infestations and damage to the home due to wood pest and wood rot. A WDO inspection is conducted by a certified pest control professional, also known as exterminator. In Florida, where temperatures and humidity are high, it’s also recommended to do this inspection. Not only to identify actual damages, but also to check if there are conditions that could lead to future termite infestation, such as cracks in the foundation that allow termites to enter, wood-siding in contact with the soil, landscape grading that doesn’t slope away from the foundation..
  • The septic inspection must be done by Septic contractors, Florida licensed. And if you buy a house with a septic system, you may ask about the maintenance of the tank and its age. .A septic tank should be pumped clean every two years or so and metal tanks are generally going to last about 25 years. If you have to replace a septic system, you may be looking for a cost from$ 5 000 to $15 000, depending on whether or not the drainage field has to be replaced at the same time
  • If you buy a house with a pool/spa, you may also want the pool to be inspected by a Certified Pool Operator. Besides the actual pool itself, which should be solid and free of any leaks, the filters, pumps and heaters (if present) need to be inspected for function. The plumbing and electrical equipment should be inspected as well. The surfaces around the pool including concrete, pavers or decking should be evaluated for safety and condition. Any pool cover, including hardware used to secure it should be inspected too
  • Toxic substance inspection. Depending on the age of the house and its story, you may also need to do inspections such as asbestos, lead (homes before 1978), mold or radon. Each potential toxin needs its own specialist.

When contact the home inspector
Usually, the home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Do you have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

About the author

Marine LAVAUD

Sales associate

Having worked on 3 continents : Europe, Asia and America, with a marketing and real estate background (diploma of expertise in real estate in France and own brokerage agency near Paris), I want to put the skills I acquired during my previous career to the benefit of people, who are looking to buy and sell in St Augustine area. I love this region, where a part of my family moved there 15 years ago. Fluent in French, certified Leading RE relocation specialist, I know by experience, how stressful it can be, when you're looking to buy or sell a house, especially if you don't know the area. I commit myself to provide to the customers who will contact me, an excellent level of service, honesty, availability and to assist them throughout the whole process of buying and/or selling, making it smooth and enjoyable. My goal is to advise wisely sellers and buyers and create happiness in every transaction I do.

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