Q: As a Home Buyer, should I verify that my Home Inspector has a license to inspect a house I am considering purchasing? A: Yes. DEFINITELY! Florida law requires the Inspector to provide a copy of his or her license to practice home inspection services in this state and a written disclosure that contains the scope and any exclusions of the home inspection prior to contracting or commencing a home inspection.
Q: What requirements will applicants need to become a Licensed Home Inspector? A: The requirements for initial licensure under the current law are passing an examination, completion of a 120-hour course of study that covers a home's structure, electrical system, HVAC system, roof covering, plumbing system, interior components, exterior components, and site conditions that affect the structure, and proof of good moral character. In order to be "Grandfathered" for licensing, applicants must meet the following requirements: Certification as a Home Inspector by a state or national association that requires, for such certification, successful completion of a proctored examination on Home Inspection services and completion of at least 14 hours of verifiable education on such services; have at least 3 years of experience as a Home Inspector and completion of at least 14 hours of verifiable education on Home Inspection services. Q: The current procedure for ordering a Home Inspection is that a Home Owner, Buyer, or Realtor calls up the Inspector and requests an appointment. The Inspector then inspects the house and turns in a report. Myth or Fact? A: The basic process of ordering a Home Inspection will be the same, however a few documents and procedures must be followed: PRIOR to contracting for or commencing a Home Inspection, a Home Inspector shall provide to the consumer a copy of his or her license to practice Home Inspection services in this state and a written disclosure that contains the scope and any exclusions of the Home Inspection.
Q: Can a General Contractor Provide a Home Inspection? A: Yes, as long as the General Contractor holds a valid Florida Home Inspector's License. Without this license, a General ContractorMAY NOT provide a Home Inspection or call themselves a Home Inspector, or perform work.
Q: What is not included in a home inspection? A: Based on Florida statutes, home inspections do NOT include:
(Some of these require a separate certification.) ·Pools, Sheds or outbuildings ·Water conditioners ·Window treatments ·Central vacuum systems ·Fire sprinklers ·Security systems ·Remote controls ·Recreational facilities ·Generators or low voltage wiring systems ·Inspection of shower pans, tubs and showers for leaks ·Observations that require moving appliances ·Inspection of systems that are shut down ·Moving personal items to gain access to a component ·Sprinkler or irrigation systems ·Docks, seawalls or boat lifts ·Measures of HVAC airflow balancing ·Concealed items or defects ·Wells or septic systems ·Roof, attic or crawlspaces that are deemed unsafe, inaccessible or unsanitary ·Measures of electrical current or accuracy of circuit labeling
Q: Should I be present for my home inspection? A: Yes. While you don’t need to be present during your home inspection, the inspector may explain certain findings, or have questions about repair dates and updates.
Q: What is included in a home inspection? A: The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the State of Florida have issued Standards of Practice designating what should be included in a home inspection. Component that is visible, such as the Roof, HVAC systems, Plumbing, Electrical, Structural, Windows, Doors, and Appliances will be in a home inspection. Q: Do you inspect pool, dock, seawall, termites, septic or irrigation inspections? A: Home Investment and Inspections does not perform inspections on pools, docks, seawalls, wells, septic or irrigation systems, but will recommend qualified experts for these areas. As for pests we do not treat wood destroying organism (WDO), IT MUST be performed by a licensed pest control professional.