You probably only have a small window of 7-10 days in which to have your home inspector go into the home, inspect and obtain any valid reason that would make your purchase unwise. Most home inspectors have placed in the small print that they are not to be held responsible for radon, mold, defective drywall etc. Therefore if you are relying on an inspection to make an intelligent decision on the purchase then I recommend a company that will offer you an inspection that will best protect you including their best evaluation of the well system and septic system since many homes are missing equipment or have been found to contain poor drainage fields and substandard septic equipment. Here again some companies have gone into homes and declared homes that have NO defective drywall a home that has it. So, it is important to make sure that if your home inspector is going to do these types of inspections that they DO NOT have disclaimers and that they DO have experience doing the type of inspection that you request. For example, Kross Inspectors (239-677-4403) uses micro cameras for defective drywall portion of their inspection in addition to the standard inspection of ground wires in the electrical outlets, coils on the a/c handler and refrigerator.
If this home has been sitting for a while then a home inspection is wise and worth the $250 -$325 that you might spend. If this is a cash purchase then your pest inspection can be done any time and usually is only another $50 - $75 and would be recommended to get a company on board doing periodic treatments initially on the interior and then adjusting to doing only the exterior perimeter.
The policy of "caveat emptor, a Lain term meaning "let the buyer beware" continues as the historical perspective of Florida Real Estate Law. Happy to help.
Sarah Garrett, Realtor
ALLIANCE REALTY GROUP
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