Answers to Common Homeowner Questions

Do I need a home inspection?

Every homebuyer should think about having their home inspected before they agree to finalize the sale. Doing so can save thousands in future repairs and reveal major issues with roof, structural, electrical or plumbing systems.  

Only in some cases, like when a home will be completely renovated or torn down, it doesn’t pay to get a home inspection.

Should I get a pre-sale inspection before listing my home?

Yes. A pre-listing inspection can help you sell your home faster and with more net proceeds. For a few hundred dollars, you can ensure that your home is free of defects, allowing you to market and sell it accordingly, or find issues that could have held up the sale anyway. 

When dealing with home repairs, it is always best to address these before you list, as you’ll have the freedom to shop for the best contractor and materials. When issues are found by the buyer during the sale,these can jeopardize the sale or force rushed (and expensive) repairs.

What areas do you service?

SureHome specializes in homes built specifically for the beaches and Space Coast area. We currently provide inspections in:

  • Melbourne
  • Viera
  • Suntree
  • Rockledge
  • Cocoa
  • Eau Gallie
  • Palm Bay
  • West Melbourne
  • Grant
  • Melbourne Beach
  • South Beach
  • Sebastian
  • Indialantic
  • Indian Harbour Beach
  • Satellite Beach
  • Cocoa Beach
  • Cape Canaveral

If you live outside these areas, please let us know so that we can arrange more time for your inspection.

How much does a home inspection cost?

In most areas of the state, complete home inspections range from $300 and up depending on the size and age of a home. Some companies may offer cheaper options, however, these usually don’t include similar services. SureHome specializes in homes built for Melbourne and the Space Coast, and offers a full array of services to meet your needs. Please see a listing of our current rates here.

What is included in a home inspection?

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the State of Florida have issued Standards of Practice designating what should be included in a home inspection.  

This usually consists of reviewing every home component that is visible, such as the roof, plumbing, electrical, structural and HVAC systems. Windows, doors, appliances and lot conditions are also inspected.

Should I be present for my home inspection?

While you don’t need to be present during your home inspection,it is often helpful as a buyer or seller. The inspector may explain certain findings, or have questions about repair dates and updates.

What is not included in a home inspection?

Home inspections are a great way to gauge the overall condition of a home, as well as major defects. However, it is important to know that it is only a review of the visible and accessible parts of your home.  

Based on Florida statutes, home inspections do NOT include:

  • Pools, Sheds or outbuildings
  • Water conditioners
  • Window treatments
  • Central vacuum systems
  • Fire sprinklers
  • Security systems
  • Remote controls
  • Recreational facilities
  • Generators or low voltage wiring systems
  • Inspection of shower pans, tubs and showers for leaks
  • Observations that require moving appliances
  • Inspection of systems that are shut down
  • Moving personal items to gain access to a component
  • Sprinkler or irrigation systems
  • Docks, seawalls or boat lifts
  • Measures of HVAC airflow balancing
  • Concealed items or defects
  • Wells or septic systems
  • Roof, attic or crawlspaces that are deemed unsafe,inaccessible or unsanitary
  • Measures of electrical current or accuracy of circuit labeling

Will a home inspection save on insurance?

Full home inspections are for the benefit of a home buyer to identify any potential issues with a house. Even if they show no defects,however, they will likely not save you money on insurance premiums. 

Wind Mitigation and 4 Point Inspections are summary inspections that can be submitted to your insurance carrier in order to qualify for coverage or reduced rates.

Does my inspection include a guarantee?

No. Please be aware that Florida law and the regulations of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) say home inspections do NOT include a guarantee or warranty. 

If a home inspector advertises or promises a warranty as part of their inspection, they are selling an added service or separate insurance policy.

Do you perform WDO, pool, dock, seawall, septic or irrigation inspections?

SureHome does not perform inspections on pools, docks, seawalls, wells, septic or irrigation systems, but can recommend qualified experts in these areas.  Likewise, SureHome tries to identify all signs of pest damage, however, we do not perform wood destroying organism (WDO) inspections. In Florida, these must be performed by a licensed pest control application professional.

Do you perform repairs on the homes you inspect?

No. Beware of any home inspector that offers to repair damage that they have discovered in an inspection. This is prohibited by Florida law and is a direct conflict of interest. 

If we find that your home requires repairs, SureHome can recommend an independent qualified professional to help.

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