State of Florida Licensed Home Inspector # 103

Inspection Basics

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.


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. Don't kill your deal over things that don't matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items.


Before you hire us to do an inspection, here are some items that we hope will give you an overview about home inspections, what to expect, some hazards you may want to ask us to explain in more detail, and some pointers about finding an inspector who will suit your needs.

Commercial Fire Door Inspection

Many buildings, including schools, high-rises, health care facilities, churches, office buildings, factories, and warehouses are likely to have fire doors. Should a fire occur, the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants and emergency responders depend on the regular inspection of fire doors.

The goal of a commercial fire door inspection is to provide an indication as to whether or not the door is in a state of readiness to perform its intended function during a fire.

Fire doors should be inspected after any incidents that may have damaged the door or its components or upon noticing possible damage, but not less than annually.

The fire door inspection may be ordered in conjunction with a complete commercial property inspection or as a separate, stand-alone inspection service.

International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Fire Doors

Let us help you determine exactly what inspection package would best serve your needs. Contact us now for a free, custom quote.

From the desk of Will Hellner, Dreams Come True Home Inspections, dreamscometruehomeinspections.com