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  2. Should a home inspection scare you?

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

  4. Are you licensed and insured?

  5. We looked at the house carefully, and it seems alright. Do we really need a home inspection?

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

  7. Should I be there for the inspection?

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

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

  13. What happens at a home inspection?

  14. Do you see similar problems with houses in the same neighborhood?

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  18. How much does a home inspection cost?

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  30. Do you lift up the carpet to look for cracks in the floor?

  31. What can go wrong when a homeowner encloses a porch without a building permit?

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  34. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970’s house?

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

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  48. Who should pay for the home inspection?

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  57. 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.

   Here’s the complete text from the HUD form:

What the FHA Does for Buyers...

and What We Don't Do

What we do: FHA helps people become homeowners by

insuring mortgages for lenders. This allows lenders to offer

mortgages to first-time buyers and others who may not

qualify for conventional loans. Because the FHA insures the

loan for the lender, the buyer pays only a very low downpayment.

What we don't do: FHA does not guarantee the value or

condition of your potential new home. If you find problems

with your new home after closing, we can not give or lend

you money for repairs, and we can not buy the home back

from you.

That's why it's so important for you, the buyer, to get an

independent home inspection. Ask a qualified home

inspector to inspect your potential new home and give you

the information you need to make a wise decision.

Appraisals and Home Inspections are


As part of our job insuring the loan, we require that the

lender conduct an FHA appraisal. An appraisal is different

from a home inspection. Appraisals are for lenders; home

inspections are for buyers. The lender does an appraisal for

three reasons:

to estimate the value of a house

to make sure that the house meets FHA minimum property


to make sure that the house is marketable

Appraisals are not home inspections.

Why a Buyer Needs a Home Inspection

A home inspection gives the buyer more detailed

information than an appraisal--information you need to

make a wise decision. In a home inspection, a qualified

inspector takes an in-depth, unbiased look at your

potential new home to:

•  evaluate the physical condition: structure, construction,

and mechanical systems

•  identify items that need to be repaired or replaced

•  estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems,

equipment, structure, and finishes

What Goes into a Home Inspection

A home inspection gives the buyer an impartial, physical

evaluation of the overall condition of the home and items

that need to be repaired or replaced. The inspection gives

a detailed report on the condition of the structural

components, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical,

heating, insulation and ventilation, air conditioning, and


Be an Informed Buyer

It is your responsibility to be an informed buyer. Be sure

that what you buy is satisfactory in every respect. You

have the right to carefully examine your potential new

home with a qualified home inspector. You may arrange

to do so before signing your contract, or may do so after

signing the contract as long as your contract states that

the sale of the home depends on the inspection.

   We couldn’t have said it better if we tried!

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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