How much does a home inspection cost?

This should not be the first question you ask when shopping for a home inspection company.  You first want to inquire about their experience, education and required licenses. If you shop on cost alone, the old adage will apply, “you get what you pay for”.

How long does a home inspection take?

The average home of approximately 1,700 square feet takes 3 to 4 hours to inspect. Anything less is not sufficient to properly operate, test, and inspect all the components of a home.

Are Home Inspectors required to be licensed?

Yes. The home inspection company does not hold the mandatory license from the State of Florida, each individual inspector is required to be licensed and they must be able to produce proof of licensure. If you are unsure if the inspector and his/her other inspectors on site are licensed, you can go to the DBPR, enter their name to check on the status of their license.

What does a home inspection include?

A standard home inspection report will cover the condition of the home’s central air conditioning/heating system; plumbing and electrical systems; appliances; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, and structural components.

What is radon?

Horizon Inspection Service has done thousands of radon tests in SW Florida resulting in some levels being high, and some being low.  The Florida Department of Health reports that 1 in 5 homes in Florida have radon level above EPA protocols.  Radon is a radioactive, colorless gas that is extremely toxic. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. Through cracks and other holes in the foundation your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem, even new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.  We have had high and low radon test results all throughout Lee and Collier Counties, in single family homes as well as on a third floor condo.  Do NOT be fooled if someone tells you “there is no radon in Florida”!  Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  Testing your home will allow you to see if the levels meet the EPA protocols.  If they do not, radon mitigation is recommended.

Can a home fail a home inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value nor is it a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

Do I have to be present at the time of the inspection?

While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, being at the inspection will allow you to learn more about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.  You are encouraged to write down any questions or concerns you may have and present them to the inspector when the inspection is completed.  The inspector will then be able to address each issue and offer his professional opinion.