What Really Matters

Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?

Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
1. Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.

2. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.

3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.

4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.

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Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4). Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.
Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure or nit-picky items.

Ten TIps


Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.


Ensure pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.


Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "Light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.


Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.


Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.blem.


Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for termites.


Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.


Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.


Trim tree limbs to 10' from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.


Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

Inspections are conducted in accordance with FABI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.


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Location: Atkinson Inspection Services of Central Florida, Inc.

Contact: PO BOX 121399
Clermont, FL 34711

Get In Touch: (407) 963-3505