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QUESTIONS ABOUT HOME INSPECTIONS
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What is home inspection ?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the  home. If you are thinking of buying a home, co-op or condominium, you should have it properly inspected before the final purchase by Dick Lambert, an experienced and professional home inspector.

What does a home inspection include?
A complete Dick Lambert home inspection includes a visual examination of the house from top to bottom. He examines the appliances, heating system, central air conditioning system, the plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, and the foundation.

Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect both indoors and out.  A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Water marks/stains may indicate a chronic seepage problem or maybe simply the result of a single incident. Dick Lambert interprets these and other clues, then presents his professional opinion as to the condition of the property before you buy, this can help you avoid unpleasant surprises afterwards. Of course, a home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the type of maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of what it is you are about to purchase, and you will be able to make your decision confidently. If you have owned your home for a period of time, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and recommend preventive measures which might avoid future repairs.
 
Can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of Dick Lambert Home Inspector, he has inspected thousands of homes in his 20+ year career. He is equally familiar with all the elements of home construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and inter relationship of those elements. Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

What will it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a geographic area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, age, special structures, etc. However, cost should not be a factor in the decision whether or not to have a home inspection. You might save many times the cost of the inspection if you are able to renegotiate the purchase price based on significant problems revealed by the inspector. Consult your lawyer for guidance.

Can a house "fail" inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective home. It is not in appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. Dick Lambert will not pass or fail a house, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of immediate or near future major repair or replacement.  Dick Lambert is a qualified and recognized home inspector.  As a Professional who is impartial and has the necessary experience and background to belong to the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI).

QUESTIONS ABOUT FABI:  What is FABI? 
The Florida Association of Building Inspectors, Inc., (FABI), formed as a non-profit voluntary professional society, has adopted formal inspection guidelines, a professional code of ethics, and gives consumers an assurance of professionalism. Members of FABI are independent professionals who operate their own inspection services. Today FABI, whose membership extends across the state of Florida, is recognized throughout the state as the leading authority in the home inspection field among inspectors and homeowners alike. .

What does FABI do?
FABI has adopted internationally recognized standards of practice for the home inspection profession, so that anywhere in the state a buyer who uses an FABI member can be assured of a complete and detailed inspection. FABI requires that its members subscribe to the Association's strict Code of Ethics: no FABI inspector may have a commission agreement with a real estate broker, or offer to do any of the repairs he recommends. As part of its' continuing education program, FABI keeps Dick Lambert up-to-date with the latest in building technology, materials and professional skills. FABI also serves as a public interest group by providing accurate and helpful consumer information to home buyers on home purchasing and home maintenance. (Please click on the FABI Standards/Ethics tab at the top of this page to review)

Dick Lambert is a FABI Registered Professional Inspector
Dick has met FABI's rigorous professional and educational requirements and has qualified for professional membership in the organization. 

What else can Dick do?
In addition to performing inspections, Dick helps homeowners with analysis and solutions of specific problems, maintenance inspections, energy conservation, cracked foundations.
 
QUESTIONS ABOUT BUYING A HOME:
When buying a home, when is the best time for an inspection?  The best time to call Dick Lambert is after you've made an offer on the house. Make sure your Realtor/lawyer has included an " AS-IS with right of inspection " clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. 

Do I have to be there? 
It's not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is a good idea. By following Dick Lambert around the house you can observe and asking questions. You will learn about your new home and get some tips on maintenance and general-information that will be of great help to you after you've moved in.

What if the report reveals problems? 

If Dick Lambert find fault in a home it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to renegotiate the purchase price because of significant problems discovered in the inspection. If your budget is very tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the house for you. The choice is yours.