What to expect with a Home Inspection in Lakeland, Florida

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Buying a home can be a daunting experience. Let us make the inspection process a breeze. Simply call our office and speak with Wayne and we will walk you through the process. Wayne is a certified and licensed home inspector with integrity and excellent customer reviews.

To get started, we will need all pertinent information in regards to the property and all parties with an interest in the sale (addresses, names and contact information).

Should sellers be present at the home inspection?

For a pre-listing home inspection that the seller ordered, then yes they can attend and should be there. If it is an inspection paid by the buyer, then the seller typically would not attend. Buyer paid inspections work best with the buyer present so they can discuss any issues with the home personally with the licensed home inspector. If you are buying or selling, speak to your Realtor about the home inspection. Your realtor can guide you through the process.

Is a new construction home inspection standard?

A new construction sale will include a final walkthrough with the builder, but this doesn’t always include an inspection. An experience home inspector should brought to provide an independent inspection to check for quality issues, safety concerns and proper construction practices are followed.  You will want to have the new construction inspection before the drywall goes up and once afterward. At the minimum, have at least a single inspection after the construction is complete prior to your final walk through.  Call to arrange the best time.

Do property managers need pre-rental inspections?

For commercial clients, we provide rental property inspections and multi-unit inspections which have similarities to the standard home inspection.  This could be part of a pre-rental inspection or for new construction of multi-units. As a landlord or property manager, you will always need to inspect the rental property at the minimum of: 

  • Before a tenant moves in
  • While the rental is occupied
  • When the tenants move out

 

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What is included in a typical home inspection?

The inspection is a visual, non-invasive assessment of accessible areas of a residential property at the date & time the inspection is performed. Typically the report is performed within the Standards of Practice of the State of Florida pdfFlorida SOP.pdf  Many home inspection companies, including Dixieland Home Inspections, go above and beyond the standards. Our typical home inspection covers the following key components.

Components Inspected:

Structural Systems:Lakeland Foundation Inspector

  • Foundation, Drainage Around Foundation
  • Roof Covering, Roof Structure
  • Interior & Exterior Surfaces
  • (Stucco veneer, wood siding, interior sheet rock and wall covering)
  • Ceilings & Floors
  • Interior & Exterior Doors
  • Windows (screens, glazing, locks and window operation)
  • Fireplaces & Chimneys

 

Electrical Systems:

  • Service Entrance Wires, Distribution Wires
  • Panel Boxes, Sub-panel Boxes
  • Breakers & Fuses
  • Receptacles (outlets), Switches & Fixtures

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC):

  • Heating Equipment
  • Air Conditioning (indoor & outdoor units)
  • Ductwork, plenums & registers

 

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Plumbing System:

  • Exterior Fixtures- Hose Bibbs
  • Interior Faucets & Fixtures (water closets, tubs& showers)
  • Laundry Connections
  • Drains, Waste & Vents
  • Water Heaters

Appliances:

  • Dishwashers, Disposals
  • Range Hoods
  • Range
  • Cooktops, Ovens

Do sellers have to fix everything on home inspections?

Most home inspection deficiencies are typically maintenance issues, recommendations and minor imperfections, however the issues that really matter fall into four major categories:

  1. Major structural defects, such as foundation failure.
  2. Conditions that can lead to major issues such as major water intrusion issues or mechanical failures.
  3. Issues that may not allow you to; finance, insure or legally occupy the home if not immediately rectified.
  4. Life safety issues such as electrical defects, no smoke or carbon monoxide detectors or overhead garage door issues.

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