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

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

  3. Can I do my own home inspection?

  4. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?

  5. Should a home inspection scare you?

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

  7. What happens at a home inspection?

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

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

  10. What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection?

  11. What is the best way to negotiate repairs after the home inspection?

  12. Are you licensed and insured?

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

  14. How can I tell if cracks in the garage floor are a problem or not?

  15. What should I bring to the home inspection?

  16. What do I need to know about a condo inspection?

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

  18. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  19. What questions should I ask a home inspector I’m considering hiring?

  20. What tools do you use for a home inspection?

  21. How much does a home inspection cost?

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

  23. What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property?

  24. What do I need to know about buying a 1950s house?

  25. Should I buy a foreclosure house if the bank refuses to turn on the utilities?

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

  27. Why are there score line grooves in the concrete floor of the garage?

  28. What is the average lifespan of a house?

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

  30. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

  31. Should I get a home inspection before signing a contract to buy the house?

  32. What makes a house fail the home inspection?

  33. What are the pros and cons of concrete block versus wood frame construction?

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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.

  1. 3)Determine what level of remodeling will be acceptable - Although those home remodeling TV shows demonstrate how much some fresh paint, a clever piece of trim and new pulls can revitalize kitchen cabinets, sometimes they look like exactly what they are: dolled-up old cabinets. Carefully evaluate how far you need to go to satisfy a potential buyer or yourself.

  2. 4)Get real numbers, not “guesstimates” - An actual bid from a licensed contractor with good references is the real thing. Everything else is just talk.

  3. 5)Walk away from an unquantifiable problem - Any house with a problem that you cannot determine the extent of, or the cost the necessary repair, until after you have bought it is one to take off your list.

  4. 6)Get a professional home inspection report - Since we are home inspectors, you are probably not surprised we would recommend this; but an opinion from an unbiased professional will give you some peace of mind about your choice—or a reason to reconsider.

  5. 7)Add an allowance for the unexpected - Every older home has a few hidden surprises waiting to be uncovered. We recommend adding 20% to your estimate for surprises.

   If you wan to learn more about evaluating older homes for potential rehabilitation, click below to download HUD’s Residential Rehabilitation Inspection Guide.


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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