Beryl’s Ultimate Shopping Guide for Home Inspections
It’s the time of year for every business to publish shopping guides to help the public find the best deals and value for the season. Shopping guides for everything from cars to plumbing can be found. Beryl Project Engineering offers this ultimate guide to help you with everything you need to know before you begin shopping for home inspections.
Who Should Perform Home Inspections?
Anyone with knowledge of construction and home-building is not necessarily qualified to perform an inspection. Florida law prohibits home inspectors from offering repair services for items discovered in home inspections. This is considered an ethical conflict of interest. You should contract an independent, licensed, and certified home inspector to perform your inspection.
What is Included in Your Inspection?
Your inspection will include:
- HVAC system
- Plumbing system
- Electrical system
- Visible insulation
- Doors and windows
- Basement or crawlspace
- Foundation and structural components
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect in your home inspection report.
Who Should Pay for Home Inspections?
The buyer is typically the party who is responsible for paying for a home inspection after making an acceptable offer to the seller. It is also in the best interests of the seller to have home inspections performed before placing their home for sale. This can prevent unwelcome and costly surprises during the negotiating phase of the sale. Any needed repairs can be discovered and handled before the home is offered for sale. The seller who has their own home inspection can also negotiate with greater confidence.
Beryl Project Engineering provides licensed, certified, and experienced home inspections in the Tampa and Hillsborough County area. Call or contact us online for more information or to schedule your home inspection.