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Educating ourselves about the home inspection process

The following is a list of some of the most common questions we get about the home inspection process. If you don't see a particular question, please e-mail us.

  • What Is A Home Inspection?
  • What Is Inspected?
  • What Is Not Inspected?
  • Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?
  • How Long Does A Home Inspection Take and Can I Follow the Home Inspector?
  • What Happens After the Inspection Is Complete?
  • What Areas of Southeast Florida Do You Cover?
  • How Much Does A Home Inspection Cost?

A home inspection is a general, non-invasive visual inspection of all the home’s systems and components, including the physical structural elements, readily accessible at the time of the inspection. This will provide a better understanding and the knowledge of any existing and potential issues that would affect the buyer’s decision.

A typical home inspection covers all the visible major systems and components of a house including, but not limited to: the roof, attic, insulation, exterior coverings including site grading, heating and cooling systems, interior walls, ceilings, and floors, plumbing, electrical, appliances, and foundation. Some additional items can be inspected for an additional fee such as pool/spa, outbuildings, radon, mold, 4 point and wind mitigation.

A home inspection does not include any areas or items that are concealed or latent at the time of the inspection. It also does not include any destructive testing or dismantling, such as removing drywall, or pulling up carpet. It does not test for building code compliance, or is it intended to determine the property value. Lastly, it does not protect you from any future problems that may occur to the systems or components and is not meant to serve as an insurance policy.

Buying a house is one of the largest purchases a person makes in their lifetime, whether your buying your “forever” home, or you’re a real estate investor. Doesn’t it make sense to find out as much as you can before you buy? A home inspection helps you avoid any unexpected repair costs after you’ve moved in, as well as provide you with what maintenance is required to keep the home’s systems working in peak condition. As the buyer, it helps you negotiate either having the repairs completed before purchase, or have the price lowered accordingly. If your selling your home, a listing inspection will help you determine any potential problems that a buyer’s inspection will find. This will allow you to either repair the problems at your convenience and usually a lower cost, or properly market your home at the correct price; effectively making for a faster and smooth sale.

A Home inspection report does not give a “Pass” or “Fail” grade; rather it is an unbiased report that simply provides you the information you need to make an informed decision. Our intention is to provide you with a professional, accurate report in a friendly candid manner, not to scare or alarm you.

Our standard full home inspections usually take approximately 1 hour for every 1,000 square feet of home. The average time for a typical home is 2-3 hours. Larger and/or older homes tend to take longer because there is simply more to inspect.

We strongly encourage our clients to follow us during the inspection. This is a valuable learning experience which provides the opportunity to ask the home inspector questions and get visual perspective on the home’s systems and components; as well as learn necessary maintenance tips. If you cannot make it to the home inspection, we will walk you through the final report via telephone.

We will walk you through all the areas of potential defects and provide you with maintenance information. We will follow up with a complete and thorough written report using the latest home inspection software which will include digital photographs to go along with detailed descriptions of each system and component. Our reports attempt to be user friendly without any fancy jargon, so that regardless of your knowledge or background of homes, you will be able to read and understand our reports. And as always, you can contact us with any follow-up questions as long as you own the home.

Our Service Areas include all areas in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties such as West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, Stuart, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Pembroke Pines, and Fort Lauderdale.

Home inspections costs will vary depending on many factors, with the greatest influencer being the size of the home. We recommend you choose the right home inspector, like On The Mark Home Inspections, based off of the inspector’s experience and reliability, more so than price along. The old adage “you get what you pay for” applies to hiring the right home inspection company. Simply going with the least expensive inspection will likely cost you at least 10 times the amount you “saved” due to a less thorough and complete inspection report.