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When looking for a quality home inspector in the Jacksonville area, be sure to give Lou Prinzi, at First Choice Building Inspections a call, we've been protecting the Jacksonville FL homebuyers since 1997. 904-223-0068What does a professional Home Inspection cost?

A home inspection should typically cost about half of what your mortgage payment would be. There are many home inspection firms out there that are charging “rock bottom prices”. These firms should be avoided at all costs. There’s a reason why their prices are lower, and I can assure you it’s not out of the goodness of their hearts. You can learn more about “Cheap Charlie by clicking here

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems, components and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision.

Why do I need a Home Inspection?

A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, an inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer’s inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.

What does a Home Inspection include?

Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures. An ASHI Certified Inspector is required to follow a Standards of Practice governing what is and is not included in the inspection. Having an inspection performed by an inspector who is not ASHI Certified, may be overlooking important components. You can see a complete listing of what we inspect by clicking here.

Do I need to be there during the Inspection?

No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection. But we highly recommend that you are. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you’ll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.

How long will the Inspection take?

The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?

Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. Or, you can have the inspection performed just before your final walk-through and closing. We call this a punch list inspection, which you can give to the builder before you close. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or provided sub-quality work.

Why can’t I do the Inspection myself?

Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don’t have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We’ve inspected thousands of homes. We’re not only familiar with all the systems of a home and how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail (red flags). But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it’s impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.

What if the Inspection uncovers problems?

Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is going to be perfect. It’s up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.

Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?

No. The Code Of Ethics of the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home. You can view a copy of the Code Of Ethics here.

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