Some inspection services out there are
offering very cheap inspections. The first thing to consider if the price is
too low; are they licensed and insured. Ask to see their license and proof of
insurance. Are they currently a member of a national trade organization for
home inspector like NAHI, ASHI or InterNachi? Florida Home inspectors are
required to give proof of their licensure before the inspection begins. I
recently completed an inspection for a couple that previously hired and paid a
home inspector to perform a Home Inspection. The finance company rejected the
first inspectors report because it was poorly written and lacked professional
characteristics of a home inspection report.
State of Florida regulates home inspectors under the Department of Business and
Professional Regulation (DBPR). All home
inspections conducted in the State of Florida must be conducted by a Florida
Licensed and Insured Home Inspector as of July 1, 2011 as amended by House Bill
713 (2010 legislative session).
Licensing Portal -
License Search www.myfloridalicense.com
You can verify if an Inspector is
current and active at https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp?mode=0&SID. The DBPR requires home inspectors to meet the following
requirements before obtaining their Florida Home Inspection License.
HOME INSPECTOR LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Complete “Application for Licensure”
effective July 2012
Be of good moral character. Good moral
character means a "personal history of
honesty, fairness, and respect for the rights of others and the laws of this
state and nation."
They are required to complete a Livescan
(electronic fingerprinting) background
report with the state and FBI.
High School diploma (or equivalent)
Complete an approved course of study
of 120 hours covering structure, exterior, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, roofing,
interiors, exteriors, and site grounds & grading.
a) Inspection Methods 24-hours
b) Building Systems 42-hours
c) Reporting 24-hours
Professional Practice 10-hours
20 hours of field-based practical
demonstrations of the inspection process by the student under the direct
supervision of a licensed Florida home inspector.
6) Maintain commercial general
liability insurance (not less than $300,000).
Apply to the Florida Home Inspector Department
to take a licensure examination.
Complete and passed the National
Home Inspectors Examination given by
the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI).
Continuing Education - Florida Home
Inspector Licensees are required to get 14 hours of continuing education every
two years in Florida.
the opinion of this Home Inspector if the price is too low you must ask
yourself; why? The fee for a basic home
inspection nationwide is $300 to $500 by HUD estimates in "Ten Important
Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector" 2011. The size of the home, additional structures,
pools or spas and irrigation systems will all add to the price of the
inspection. Fees vary by region of the
country significantly. When purchasing
your home, you want the best inspection at a reasonable price. A thorough inspection will take from 2 to 5
hours to complete. When it is your money
and your family’s safety on the line you want the most meticulous inspector you
contracting a home inspector check them out; license, insurance, professional
association, and do they have complaints on file with the state regulatory
agency. Agents will often recommend an
inspector they know, but is the inspector best for you or the agent? Do not take their word for it, that they are
the best inspector, check them out.
Carr is the Owner /
Inspector at First Choice Home Inspections in Deltona, FL. Formerly in the building trades,
Frank’s focus is a safe home and building FCHI. We believe that consumers have
the right to expect the highest standards of thoroughness, fairness and
effectiveness from their home inspector and that is exactly what we provide. Http://www.1homeinspector.com