This is a good example why Home Inspections should become a required part of the Home Buying process.
If you were buying a home, would you allow the listing agent pick and order your appraiser for you? Fortunately, the appraisal is usually a mandatory part of the process when lenders are involved, and any meddling by a Realtor creates a serious conflict of interest, whether real or perceived. If you answered no to the first question then why would you allow the seller to pick the Home Inspector, as a home inspection can have just as much or more of an impact than the appraisal, as I have personally seen several transactions cancel after an inspection where the appraisal came in fine.
In full disclosure, our firm is on the referral lists of several Real Estate Brokerages, and I have personally been referred by listing agents that were acting on the behalf of both sides of the transaction. I also feel strongly that most of my peers that are on the same reference lists would never skew a report for a Realtor. I also feel that most Realtors would not ask a Home Inspector to manipulate the transaction. However, most is not 100%, and it does happen, so you should vet your inspector whether you found them on the internet or referral sheet from a Realtor.
Is your Home Inspector a "Home Inspector" and is your Home Inspection a "Home Inspection" as defined by Florida Statutes?
Is your Home Inspector a "Home Inspector" and did you just pay for a "Home Inspection" as defined by Florida Law?
What if general contractor was selling real-estate without a license, after all a general contractor has a lot of experience with real estate transactions. Think about the damage that could be done if a realtor was using non-compliant real estate contracts to make sure that the deal goes through instead of Florida contracts.
Unfortunately, this happens quite often in the home inspection industry and unlicensed inspectors, non-compliant inspections, or a combination there of cause financial hardship for consumers and professionals a like. The good news is that Florida has recently implemented some of the highest standards for Home Inspector licensing, and Home Inspection reports in the Country. Making the scenarios discussed above a crime.
Florida law requires that "Licensed" Home Inspectors provide the consumer with proof of their licensure along with a full disclosure of their Standards of Practice, including all limitations and exclusions of their inspection prior to performing the inspection. It is not the consumers responsibility to ask the home inspector for this information. Contact the Florida Department of Business Professional Regulation if you feel that you have received a non-compliant inspection or have been referred to or solicited by an unlicensed inspector.
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Here is a link to our updated standards of practice, limitations/exclusions, inspector credentials, and a courtesy link into the Florida Statutes and Administrative Code for Home Inspectors.