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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

   While Florida’s licensing requirements mean that any inspector you hire will have a baseline competence to do the job, it’s still a good idea to take a few minutes to do some on-line research, and then call an inspector you are considering hiring, to talk for a few minutes, before you decide. A brief phone interview can tell you if the inspector you are considering is in-sync with your needs and expectations, and if you will feel comfortable working with them to evaluate your future home.

   Also, membership in a national home inspector organization is a good sign. There are several, such as ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors), NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors), and InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors), along with FABI (Florida Association of Building Inspectors), a regional group. Every home inspector will tell you that the association they belong to is the best one and has the highest professional standards. Actually, it’s not so important which association the inspector belongs to, but just that they belong to one of them. Each group has annual conventions and continuing-education requirements for membership renewal. We were members of the oldest association, ASHI, for many years, but have recently switched to InterNACHI.

   The good news is that there are a number of qualified, competent home inspectors in North Central Florida. So, with a little research, you’re likely to have a good home inspection experience.

  To see the State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) minimum standards for home inspection, effective October 22, 2013, read our blog post ”Are there any minimum standards that a home inspection must meet in Florida?”.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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