What does a home inspector do, and how does an inspection figure in the purchase of a home?

Asked by Trulia Naples, Naples, FL Wed Oct 24, 2012

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Mary Horesco, Agent, Naples, FL
Fri Oct 26, 2012
A home inspection is an important consideration for both a home buyer and the home seller.
It is a good idea for the seller to get a pre-inspection prior to listing the home for sale.

I used licensed contractors that can save the homebuyer money since they will also do a wind mitigation report that here in Florida, can save you money on the homeowners policy.
Inspections cover the main functional systems : AC/heating, plumbing, electrical, etc. and the home structure and working parts. The satisfaction of permits for any changes are also researched.

The results of the inspection affect the value of a home, and defective items can be either replaced or a credit given to the buyer, depending upon the terms of the contract used in the purchase, and the negotiated agreement between the parties.

Mary Horesco
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.
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Maria Cipoll…, Agent, Coral Springs, FL
Wed Nov 7, 2012
A home inspection is very important before porspective buyers proceed with the buying process. I always insist that the buyers get a profesional inspector and know everything about the house.
A home inspection will run about $300,00 to $500,00 depending on the size of the house, age and type of home. Generally a home inspection will include a report on the type of the house heating and cooling system, electrical system, plumbing, walls, ceiling, flooring, foundation, roofing, drainage, pool, basement.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace

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Kathy Bogan…, , Naples, FL
Sat Oct 27, 2012
Inspector pricing varies and depends on complexity and size of the subject property. Inspectors check out operating systems for the property; can sample for mold and radon, and can "estimate" most like range to fix. Inspections usually follow after an offer has been made and accepted; cost of repairs are negotiated if not disclosed to the Buyer before the Seller has accepted an offer. There are to many ins and outs to discuss in this format. KathyBC 800-448-3411 ext 601...(10/27)
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Dustin Beard, Agent, Naples, FL
Thu Oct 25, 2012
A good home inspector should give a thorough inspection of the home. From the structure of the home to appliances to mold or radon, if the buyer wishes, a complete inspection report is important to the purchase of a home. This is the buyer's one shot (15 days) to catch any and all defects in the home. Anything missed or overlooked will fall on the new buyer to fix after closing.

I recommend Comprehensive Building Consultants for the most complete and thorough inspection in Naples, Bonita Springs or Ft. Myers.

Dustin Beard, ABR, CREN, CRS, GRI
Broker Associate
John R. Wood, Inc. REALTORS
3255 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, Fl. 34103

Cell: (239)289-2650
Fax: (239)325-2787
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Nancy Milton…, Agent, Edwardsville, IL
Wed Oct 24, 2012
In addition to a home inspection, be sure to talk with your Naples area agent about other inspections that might be a good idea -- septic for rural properties, environmental inspections and WDO -- wood destroying insects. Best of luck with your home purchase.
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Claudette Lo…, Agent, Naples, FL
Wed Oct 24, 2012
An inspection can offer you the peace of mind. Also depending on what the findings are, you maybe able to negotiate the price to cover the expenditures for the repairs. This will depend on how the contract is written. It also gives the buyer an option to not accept the property unless repairs are done prior to closing.
Hope this helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rich Homer, Agent, NAPLES, FL
Wed Oct 24, 2012
I always recommend an inspection to my buyer clients. It is only about $300. and usually the defects found are close to that for repair. Add in the peace-of-mind factor and inspection is a slam-dunk decision.
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Stephen McRo…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Tampa, FL
Wed Oct 24, 2012

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