The McCall Service Guide to Home Inspections

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If you’re in the market to purchase a home for personal residence in Florida, it’s the law to have it inspected by a licensed professional. As part of the due diligence of home buying, an inspection allows you to determine possible structural, electrical, or other issues that could negatively impact your new home. Whether you’re a first-time buyer looking for a starter house or a seasoned real estate agent in Tallahassee, FL, you can trust McCall Service to deliver a detailed inspection and help eliminate any unfortunate surprises.

Who Needs a Home Inspection?

The law requires a home inspection as a part of the purchase process for all homebuyers. In addition, your mortgage lender may recommend (or require) you to have a specific wood destroying organism (WDO) inspection as well. If any issues are uncovered, it will typically benefit the homebuyer by granting them additional negotiating leverage regarding the sale price. Even if the potential homebuyer who paid for the inspection decides to back out of the purchase due to any issues that are uncovered, those issues must be disclosed by the seller in the future.

Who Pays for a Home Inspection?

The homebuyer is typically responsible for the cost of the home inspection as well as for the WDO inspection. This is why it’s important to choose a reputable inspection company—no one wants to pay for multiple inspections because the first inspector did a poor job.

What Happens During a Home Inspection?

As part of the inspection, the home is investigated from top to bottom. A home inspector will examine the roof, eaves, crossbeams, and structural integrity of the home. In addition, they’ll look at all major appliances such as ovens, stoves, water softeners, air conditioners, and furnaces. In Tallahassee, FL, they’ll also look for evidence of structural damage beneath the home in crawl spaces or in venting areas that may have water intrusion or lots of dirt.

A WDO inspection checks for evidence and signs of structural damage due to wood destroying organisms such as termites, carpenter ants, or rodents. It will also make note of potential areas where these organisms may try to enter the home.

How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?

Standalone home inspections depend on the size of the home and other factors. However, as a general rule, you will likely want to block off four to five hours to be present during the inspection. Your real estate agent will also likely be present, so don’t stress out too much if you’re unable to make it. A WDO inspection can be completed concurrently but will usually take an additional hour or so.

What Makes McCall Service a Good Home Inspection Company?

Our licensed home inspectors are also seasoned pest professionals who can identify risks for termites and other wood-damaging insects—and provide proven solutions for getting rid of them. We can also provide a pest and bed bug certification that many realtors appreciate. Scheduling your WDO and home inspections at the same time allow you to make one appointment instead of two and help keep your closing on track. By inspecting the building for multiple risk factors at one time and completing those reports together, you’ll save time and money, especially if it allows you to negotiate for a lower sale price.

How Do I Schedule a Home Inspection with McCall Service?

Whether you are a homebuyer in search of a reputable inspection company or are a seller or agent exploring certification for WDOs, booking an appointment for your home inspection is simple. Visit our home inspection portal for more information or contact our Tallahassee office today to get started.

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