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Frequently Asked Questions:


When buying a home, when is the best time for an inspection?
Do I have to be there?
Does the seller have to be there?
Will anyone else see my report?
What if the report reveals problems?
If the report is good, did I really need an inspection?
Do I need an inspection even if I have a government loan?
How long will it take?
Is a termite inspection necessary?
How is payment made? How much does it cost?
Can you do repairs?
When will I get the report?
Will I get cost estimates?
Can you verify your credentials?
Do you have references?
Do I need to make any arrangements?
What else can you tell me?

When buying a home, when is the best time for an inspection?
The best time to call in the home inspector is after you've made an offer on the house, and before you sign the contract. Or you may do so after signing the contract. It's best if the contract states that the purchase obligation is contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection.
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Do I have to be there?
It’s not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended. By following the home inspector around the house, by observing and asking questions, you will learn about your new home and possibly get some advice on maintenance that will be of great help to you after you’ve moved in. If you cannot be there for the entire inspection, which generally takes several hours, it’s a good idea to meet with the inspector at the end of the inspection for a visual explanation
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Does the seller have to be there?
Although in some instances it may seem a bit awkward, the sellers have the right to be present if they so choose. It’s still their home and they may feel uncomfortable allowing access to it when they are not there. We, however, will not discuss our findings or disclose any information without your consent.
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Will anyone else see my report?
Not without your permission. If you authorize it we can mail, fax, E-mail or phone any information you request.  
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What if the report reveals problems?
If the inspector finds fault in a home it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy it, however, you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. You should contact contractors for actual repairs needed on noted problems and actual cost estimates. If the house was occupied at the time of the inspection or not, you should always do a walk through inspection prior to closing for any material changes that could have occurred between the inspection and closing date. If the home was furnished look for problem items which may not have been visible to the inspector. A seller may be willing to renegotiate the purchase price or remedy the problem because of flaws discovered in an inspection. If your budget is very tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved in a home that requires repair work, you may decide that this is not the house for you. The choice is yours.
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If the report is good, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can purchase your home with peace of mind about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You may also have learned a few things about your new home from the inspection report, and will want to keep that information for future reference. Above all you can feel assured that you are making a well-informed purchase decision and that you will be able to enjoy your new home the way you want to.
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Do I need an inspection even if I have a government loan?
Absolutely. FHA and VA loans do not guarantee the condition of a home. They do not pay for repairs or make refunds. The government requires an appraisal, which is to protect the lender. The home inspection is to protect you. (You can contact HUD for form 92564-CN for more information).
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How long will it take?
The amount of time your inspection will take depends in large part on the size, age and condition of the property we are inspecting. An average condo may only require one and a half hours but you should allow two hours. The average home may need two and a half to three and a half hours. Larger and older homes usually necessitate an extended amount of time.
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Is a termite inspection necessary?
Almost without exception, if you are obtaining financing from a traditional lender, a termite inspection will be mandatory for any structure other than a condominium. Even if the building is CBS construction, subterranean termite intrusion is still possible, and any wood trim is always vulnerable. Your termite report will also reveal any other wood destroying organisms that can intrude on your attic and trim. Florida Master Home Inspectors, inc. is state certified to provide your termite inspection, unlike most companies that “sub it out”. We have no vested interest in finding wood destroying organisms that don’t exist because we’re not a treatment company.
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How is payment made?
The payment is made to the home inspector at the time of the inspection, by cash or check. Or, if you wish, you may pay by credit card at the time of scheduling.
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How much does it cost?
The cost will vary with the size, age and any optional services that you choose, i.e. water, mold and radon testing. A condominium will cost considerably less than a large home with a pool, well and septic system. The cost of the inspection is always less than the value of the information it contains, and much less than the value of the negotiating tool it can provide.
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Can you do repairs?
No. We want you to feel confident that we have nothing to gain from reporting any problems we observe. Inspections are our only business.
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When will I get the report?
Immediately upon completion of the inspection. Please see our “Detailed Reports” page.
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Will I get cost estimates?
They are available. It’s your decision.
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Can you verify your credentials?
Absolutely. Copies of licenses, certifications and insurance are available upon request.
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Do you have references?
We have many; virtually every past client! Available upon request.
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Do I need to make any arrangements?
Please be sure the utilities are turned on. You can arrange access to the property if you prefer, or we’ll be glad to schedule it for you.
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What else can you tell me?
We doubt there’s anywhere else you can find an inspector who has not only inspected, but also built homes from the ground up – literally! We don’t mean the general contractor who hires an electrician when he needs one. The Florida Master Home Inspector, Inc. inspector has been the builder and the licensed electrician as well, with many years of hands-on experience in every facet of home construction. You’ll not only get an answer to your questions, you’ll get the same great service and attention we’re famous for. Last, but not least, we love what we do because we enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping people.
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