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  2. How much does a home inspection cost?

  3. What questions should I ask the home inspector during the inspection?

  4. What should I bring to the home inspection?

  5. What is the difference between “character” and a defect in an old house?

  6. Are you licensed and insured?

  7. Should a home inspection scare you?

  8. Is a home inspection required?

  9. Should I be there for the inspection?

  10. The seller has to fix everything you find wrong with the house, right?

  11. Can I do my own home inspection?

  12. What happens at a home inspection?

  13. Is it still possible to do an inspection if there’s no electricity or water?

  14. Should I hire an engineer to inspect the house?

  15. What should I look for when buying a “flipper” house?

  16. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  17. What should I wear to a home inspection?

  18. Can I do my own wind mitigation inspection?

  19. What different types of specialized inspections can I get?

  20. What are the questions a home inspector won’t answer?

  21. What is the difference between a building inspector and a home inspector?

  22. Are there any minimum standards that a home inspection must meet in Florida?

  23. Should the seller be at the home inspection?

  24. Can a home inspector do repairs to a house after doing the inspection?

  25. Should I use a contractor or a home inspector to inspect a house I’m buying?

  26. Should I only hire an inspector that is a member of a national association like ASHI, InterNACHI, or NAHI?

  27. Why do realtors call some home inspectors “deal killers”?

  28. The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get one of my own?

  29. Does a home inspector give cost estimates for repairs?

  30. Do home inspectors inspect outbuildings?

  31. What inspections does a bank or mortgage lender need for loan approval?

  32. Should I buy a house that has been remodeled/renovated without building permits or has open permits?

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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.

lubricant, torpedo level, water pressure gauge, 3-light receptacle tester, digital wiring inspection tester (checks voltage, voltage drop under load, circuit wiring, resistance to ground), infrared thermometer, multimeter (tests circuits), laser level, digital level, and electronic gas detector (finds gas leaks).

Tools we carry in the truck:
Infrared camera (finds and photographs evidence of hidden moisture, missing insulation, leaking a/c ducts), video borescope (looks behind walls and in confined spaces), wet-vac (cleans up occasional spills), septic tank probe, water meter tool, bolt cutters, knee-pads, gloves, Zircon Multiscanner (used for finding nail spacing in framing and locating steel in concrete), UV flashlight (identifying rodent urine), gaff, 6-foot ladder, 8-foot ladder, 22-foot extension ladder.
On top of all these tools are the on-board attachments:
These come standard on every human. We use our noses to sniff out pockets of mold and cigarette-smoke contamination. Fingertips are the final authority on evaluating wetness, and our feet sense sloping floors and the bounce underfoot caused by undersized or termite-eaten floor framing.

    There’s also that intuitive sixth sense that every home inspector develops over years of poking around houses that causes us to look under an oddly placed throw rug or behind a stack of boxes in a corner for artfully concealed defects.

   And, last, there’s the most important tool that every good home inspector relies on: a personal database of the particular quirks of each neighborhood, methods and materials of older eras of home construction, and modern building and safety standards.

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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