When you hear the words “home inspection”, you probably think of the inspection that is done when someone is buying a home. The majority of the inspections that we provide are for individuals who are buying a home. However, many people don’t realize that there is more than one type of home inspection. If you are looking for any residential inspection, we can be of assistance. The following are the 4 most common home inspections done in Broward County:
Buyer’s Inspection – as the most common home inspection, this is typically ordered by the person buying the home. The buyer can make a well-informed decision about buying or not buying a home based on the details of an inspection report. There are 4 issues that matter with a buyer’s inspection:
- issues that become major defects
- issues that can hinder your ability to finance, insure, or occupy the home
- major defects
- safety hazards
Maintenance inspection – the homeowner orders this inspection because they want to know if the home’s major systems and its structure are working properly. This includes the electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and structural systems. Maintenance inspections are like a doctor’s physical for your home. While you may not have noticed any issues thus far, a maintenance inspection could reveal some potential issues that may need your attention in the future.
Pre-listing inspection – the seller typically orders this type of home inspection. The purpose of it is to verify that all electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and structural systems have been installed properly and are operating as intended. Although the buyer usually orders the home inspection in a standard real estate transaction, the seller can call us for an inspection before listing the property on the market. Depending on disclosure laws, you may be required to disclose problems the inspection revealed to the buyer.
Warranty inspection – homeowner’s who’ve bought a newly constructed home will order this inspection near the end of the first year of the warranty issued by the home builder. It is often referred to as 11th month or 1-year warranty inspection. Its purpose is to identify any deficiencies or issues with the home’s electrical, mechanical, plumbing, or structural systems that the builder’s warranty will cover.
Materials and workmanship are covered by the builder’s warranty. Furthermore, it is the homeowner’s last opportunity to identify and document what needs to be repaired or replaced and to inform the builder of these issues. It helps you save more in the long run because either you will get an initial discount or the seller will get it all repaired before handing over to you.
To learn more about the different home inspections in Broward County or to schedule an inspection of your property, call Florida Inspections Unlimited at 954-861-0666.