Frequently Asked Questions


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What is an Inspection?


A home inspection is a professional examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our focus is identifying potential problems through home inspections  in the Greater Tampa Area that would affect a purchaser's buying decision. 


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Why do I need a Home inspection?


Find out as much as you can about the house you are about invest in. With a professional inspection, you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Home Insights' Full Home Inspection will advise you of what problems you may already have or that may be developing. You will have a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home in the Tampa Area, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer's inspector.

We also have a history of saving home owners on their annual insurance premiums from $100 to over $1000 depending on the condition of the home and the type of inspection and insurance. Getting a wind mitigation inspection on a home in Tampa due to the hurricanes can be can make your home safer, and save you money on your insurance premiums.


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What does a Home Inspection Include? 


Home Insights LLC's Full Home Inspection covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures and appliances. This also covers slope of the land, checking for proper grading, whether it is prone to flooding, and we make a list of all defects both inside and outside the home to give our client the most detailed information.


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How Long Will the Inspection Take?


The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home, as well as what type of inspection it is. For most homes, 2 - 4 hours is average for a full home inspection. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer. It can also be much shorter if the inspection is for insurance purposes or for something specific, like wind mitigation inspections.


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Do I Need to be Present for the Home Inspection?


We highly recommend that you be present, at the very least be present at the end. It's not required, but it will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. You can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain the details. Our goal is an informed and satisfied client. Our belief is that you will be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by being there to have your questions answered.


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Does a New Residential Construction Need an Inspection?


It is recommended, but it is not necessary. A professional inspection of a new home will give the home owner peace of mind knowing exactly what they are getting into. 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. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or left problems. However, if you suspect the builder might be cutting corners or covering up problems do not use them. We can refer you to a builder within our network of business professionals in the Greater Tampa Area. You always have options, and it is our goal to keep you informed of them.


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Why Can't I do the Inspection Myself?


Even if you are very familiar with home construction, we are licensed professionals. We are 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. In addition, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party who is professionally licensed to inspect your home. This is especially important for insurance purposes. As professional inspectors, we will provide an objective third-party perspective, accurately reporting the facts.

We also have over thirty years of experience in the construction industry specifically within the surrounding areas of Pasco County, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Polk County.


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What if the Inspection Reveals Prblems?


Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. It is up to you to decide how this 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. Get with your real estate agent to discuss the details. Perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you. Having all of the information possible gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.


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Will you Fix the Problems the Inspection Uncovers?


No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) 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. We can connect you with a local trusted business professional who can make repairs needed. We network in the Greater Tampa Area to stay connected with quality professionals who specialize in their fields.


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You need more than just a home inspection, you need the professionals you can depend on even after the inspection is done. Sometimes you have questions. What the inspection covers, items the Home Inspector has found to be in good working condition, issues the inspection uncovered and what to do about it. We are always a simple phone call away and can help answer any of your questions. .

You need more than just a home inspection, you need the professionals you can depend on even after the job is
done.That’s why we back all of our inspections with a 90 Day Limited Structural and Mechanical W

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