Home Inspection Tips for Buyers in South Florida

At Bless This Nest Inspections, we know part of the excitement of buying a new home is touring properties and getting those keys. We also know that the process can get overwhelming with so much to consider. We obviously know a lot about home inspections over here and thought it would be helpful to offer our best tips as you go through your next one. Let’s get started.

Be Present

One of the best things about a home inspection is your ability to really get to know a house. This is the one time that you’ll be able to ask all your questions to a professional who likely has the answers. You’ll figure out what kind of electrical system is present, what the plumbing looks like, and get the whole picture of the condition of the home. Take time off work, come ready to learn. and poke around your new potential home.

Think About The Details

This home is about to be one of your most significant investments, no pressure, and you’ll want to uncover any details about the house that you haven’t noticed during other showings. For example, take notes, and even photos, of cosmetic blemishes. Look under rugs for the condition of the floor beneath it. Open cabinet doors and check for leaks or damages that you’ll need to fix on your own. Your inspector may find some of these things, but some items will be smaller in scope and really just normal wear and tear. When you have an idea of what those details add up to, you can plan for those expenses or projects in the future.  

Get Clear About The Roof

In South Florida, roofs take a beating. From wind and rain to all those days of sunshine, your future roof needs to be in tip-top shape. The only way to know this is by getting an in-depth analysis by your home inspector. Ask them specifically what the condition of the roof is and what is under the roofing materials, as well as how long they believe it has been in place. Roofs are not cheap, and they are a robust negotiating point after a home inspection.

Tackle the Furnace and Water Heater

These are two mechanical features that can really disrupt a home purchase if anything isn’t working correctly. Look for signs of corrosion on the water heater and ask the inspector how old they think it is. There should be a sticker (or the like) on the unit that tells you when it was purchased and a list any cleanings or inspections. If that is missing or not documented, it could be a red flag. Your inspector will look at the furnace, but you should find out how long the unit has been in place and if it shows any signs of damage or if it should be replaced.

Those are our top tips, we welcome you to call or connect with us so we can share more of them with you in person. We are ready to conduct a quality home inspection for you and look forward to hearing from you.