As a potential homebuyer, you likely have questions about the home inspection process. For example, is an inspection necessary? What does an inspection involve?
As a trusted independently owned home inspection company in Pensacola, Gulf Coast Property Inspections welcomes your questions. In the following queries, we’ll explain how inspections work, why they’re valuable, and how they benefit you and your family. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (850) 260-3000 with any of your own questions.
Why should I have a home inspection?
The purchase of a home or is one of the largest single investments you’ll ever make. Since it’s such a big investment, you need to know the current condition of the property — as well as any repairs and maintenance that will be needed in the future.
A professional home inspection informs the home buyer of the property’s condition. Things aren’t always as they seem. A fresh coat of paint might be hiding serious structural concerns. Stains on the ceiling may simply be the result of a resolved leak, or they could indicate chronic roof leakage and mold damage. There could even be extensive termite damage that compromises the integrity of the home. After evaluating the property, our home inspectors will present their professional opinions on the property’s condition. This will give you a clear understanding of the home so you can make a confident decision.
What is a home inspection?
An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and the systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected by an experienced and impartial professional before the final purchase. When you choose Gulf Coast Property Inspections to do the evaluation, you can rest assured that our inspectors are the best in the industry.
What parts of the house will a home inspector assess?
Gulf Coast Property Inspections offers the most comprehensive home inspections in Pensacola, Escambia County, Santa Rosa County, and the rest of the state. Depending on the package you choose, our inspections can include evaluating the drainage system, crawl space and ventilation, insulation, framing, plumbing, ABS pipe, complete exterior, complete interior, air conditioning, swimming pool and spa, electrical system, foundation, masonry, appliances, windows, doors, roofing, heat pumps, furnace, siding, and more..
When should I schedule an inspection?
The best time to schedule an inspection is directly after you have made an offer on a property. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your real estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.
What should I look for in an inspector?
All of our inspectors are licensed, certified, and insured. Several are Certified Master Inspectors® and all have been certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). Our extensive certifications and credentials mean that our home inspectors are the best in the industry.
How is the industry regulated?
In Florida, all inspections should be performed to the standards adopted by InterNACHI. To become a member, an inspector must pass a written examination to prove their competency. InterNACHI and other professional training and certifying agencies train and certify their members through rigorous classroom and field testing. Moreover, InterNACHI inspectors must participate in continuing education courses to maintain their certifications and memberships. InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspectors® adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice.
How long will a typical inspection last?
A typical inspection will take from two to three hours, depending on the size and features of the home.
Should I meet my inspector on-site to review the report?
Yes, reviewing the report with your inspector is crucial to understanding it and is an important part of any professional home inspection.
Call Gulf Coast Property Inspections for a professional home or property inspection in the Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, Milton, Pace, Perdido Key, Navarre, Destin and Ft. Walton and surrounding areas in Florida.
Gulf Coast Property Inspections offers professional property inspections that accommodate every type of house and budget. One of our certified inspectors conducts each assessment, thoroughly evaluating the basement, the roof, and everything in between. Our inspectors are certified to assess all of a home’s systems, including electrical, plumbing, and roof. To ensure we meet all your needs, we also offer additional services that can be added to your inspection package at a discounted rate.
We understand that time is limited — especially during the escrow process. We’re able to work with tight timetables and can typically complete a property inspection within 48 hours of your call. Moreover, we’ll provide a professional report of our findings the same day of the inspection.