SARASOTA HOME INSPECTIONS
The home inspection is an important contingency in the purchase of your Sarasota home or condo.
WHY HAVE AN INSPECTION?
The home inspection is your protection from purchasing a Sarasota property with hidden material defects .
Material defects include but are not limited to foundation settling, leaking roofs or plumbing, non-functional electrical wiring and outlets, improperly functioning doors and windows, or malfunctioning heating and air systems.
BUT THE CARPET IS OLD....
Cosmetic items, which are visible to the buyer, include worn or outdated flooring, paint, and appliances.
While the condition of cosmetic items may be detailed in your inspection report, as a buyer you may not request that sellers repair or replace cosmetic defects.
We will discuss the condition of cosmetic items and factor replacement costs into your offer price.
WHO DO I RECOMMEND?
Some Realtors recommend inspectors, but I don't. If something goes wrong, there's a potential conflict of interest if the inspector you hired was recommended by me.
You can refer to my Service Provider page or do a Google search for "Sarasota Home Inspectors". The better ones have good websites and describe their services.
I know an outstanding agent when I work with them and David is one of those agents.
Nanette P., Connecticut
WHAT IS A FOUR
Your home inspector will prepare a 4-point inspection report for your insurance provider. The 4-point inspection details the condition of the 4 main systems of the home: electrical, plumbing, roof, and heating and air.
Insurance providers will not issue coverage if the roof has less than 5 year remaining estimated life. There can be zero active plumbing leaks, no exposed wiring, and the HVAC system must heat and cool properly.
The inspection report always makes note of the age of major systems. Many buyers are tempted to use this as a way to negotiate a price reduction with the seller. This is never a good path towards a successful, stress-free closing.
Age of systems is not considered a defect. If the HVAC system is old but cooling and heating within normal parameters, it is performing it's intended function. If a roof is determined to be old, but is not leaking, it is performing it's intended function. The seller is not required to repair or replace in these instances, despite their mention in an inspection report.
Part of my job as your Realtor is pointing out potential repair or replacement costs before you make an offer on a property.
YOU MAY NEED
Depending on the property and if you need financing, you may be required to have a septic tank inspection, a termite inspection (if presence of termites or damage is noted in your home inspection), a Chinese drywall inspection, a mold inspection, a wind mitigation inspection, well water, etc. Your inspection period in your contract may need to be extended in agreement with the seller to accommodate additional inspections.