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What is a Home Inspection? Is it Required?

If you are house hunting, you may have heard the term “home inspection”. Spending a little money for a home inspection could save you a lot of money down the road!

Is it required? No, but it could save you money in the long run.

Think of it like a test drive of a car you are considering buying. Most people would not purchase a car based on appearance alone. Don’t you want to take a look under the hood and give it a spin first?

Not a bad idea to do the same for a home you are putting an offer in on. It’s one of (if not the) biggest purchase you’ll ever make.

Unlike an appraisal, you select the inspector you want to hire! I can recommend someone if you are not sure who to hire.

3 Reasons Good Reasons to Get an Inspection Before Buying

Here’s 3 good reasons why an inspection is a good thing for Florida homebuyers and how it can benefit you in the mortgage process:

  1. Protect Your Investment: A home inspection can identify potential issues with the property before you make an offer, giving you the opportunity to negotiate repairs or a lower purchase price. This can save you money in the long run and protect your investment. As a mortgage broker, we recommend all our clients in Florida to get a home inspection done before making a final decision on a property.
  2. Meet State and Lender Requirements: In Florida, home inspections are often required by lenders and may be a state requirement as well. An inspection report can help meet these requirements and provide peace of mind that the property meets safety and structural standards. As a mortgage broker, we often advise our clients to get a home inspection done to satisfy lender requirements and ensure they are making a sound investment.
  3. Plan for Future Maintenance: Your inspection report can also provide valuable information about the condition of the property, including its age, wear and tear, and potential maintenance needs. This can help you plan and budget for future repairs and upgrades, and avoid unexpected expenses down the line. As a mortgage broker, we want our clients to be well-informed about the properties they are considering and a home inspection can provide the information they need to make informed decisions.

So, if you’re considering purchasing a property in Florida, getting a home inspection is a smart move that can save you money and protect your investment. As your trusted mortgage broker, we recommend scheduling a home inspection as early as possible in the home buying process to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience.

Let us know if you have further questions about home inspections! We’re here to help!

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