Most people do not know where to turn when it is time for a home inspection. Some go on the advice of their Realtor, Some search the internet. What many do not know is what the state of Florida requires of home inspectors to protect you. When deciding on a home inspector be sure to ask if he complies with these statues:
468.8321 Disclosure. –Prior to contracting for or commencing a home inspection, a home inspector shall provide to the consumer a copy of his or her license to practice home inspection services in this state and a written disclosure that contains the scope and any exclusions of the home inspection.
468.8319 Prohibitions; Penalties,–(f) A home inspector shall not perform or offer to perform, prior to closing, for any additional fee, any repairs to the home on which the inspector or the inspection company has prepared a home inspection report.
(h) Offer to deliver any compensation, inducement, or reward to any broker or agent therefor for the referral of the owner of the inspected property, to the inspector or the inspection company.
(These are two I see broken all the time and they are punishable by law.)
468.8323 Home Inspection Report.–Upon completion of each home inspection for compensation, the home inspector shall provide a written report prepared for the client.
468.8322 Insurance.–A home Inspector shall maintain a commercial general liability insurance policy in the amount of not less than $300,000.00
When shopping for a home inspector, be smart, the laws are in place to protect you but, ask the questions and protect yourself.