In any Florida residential real estate transaction, a home inspection should be done before the house is closed on. The inspection should occur immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, if not earlier.
Before you sign the agreement, you should make sure there is an inspection clause that makes your final obligation to purchase the house contingent on the results of the inspection. Hiring a real estate attorney will help you through the entire process of buying the house, including reviewing the contract to make sure this clause is present.
Although it is not required for you to be present at the home inspection, it is recommended. If you are there, you can observe the inspector and ask questions.
An inspection should be done by a licensed inspector. It should identify the need for major repairs and highlight any builder oversights. There are two different types of inspections: a full inspection and a four-point inspection.
A four-point inspection is generally less expensive than a full inspection. It includes the inspection of the roofing, electrical work, heating and air conditioning, and plumbing. It does not include the inspection of the water heater, attic insulation, walls, ceilings, the basement, other structural components, etc.
These would all be included in a full inspection.
The buyer of the home is usually the one who pays for the inspection, but it is in the best interest of everyone involved to have an inspection in order to make the sale of the home as clean of a transaction as possible.
If you are the seller of a house, it may be a good idea to do a home inspection before you put the house on the market. This will allow you to identify and fix problems, which may increase the value of the house.