Every buyer assumes some risk in the purchase of a home. A general home inspection represents a noninvasive legal means to ensure a seller provides notice of any issues, especially those not immediately visible, that would make a buyer reconsider. While the inspection report can identify numerous issues, there are four that rank as most important from the buyer’s perspective.
The nature of a home inspection, i.e., noninvasive, explains why a buyer should reconsider purchase if the report identifies an issue. Florida law specifically defines a “construction defect.” In that context, any report that includes the following defects would prompt the buyer either to demand additional inspections or refuse to purchase the property.
- Foundation and Drainage – Foundations are the most important structure of the home and should be structurally sound. A house below street level or with gutters pitched improperly may have water drain into the lower levels.
- Mold – Normally associated with water damage, the report should note the cause. For example, standing water and wet materials may lead to viruses and bacteria as well.
- Termite Infestation – These insects that eat wood can destroy a home’s structure. Infrared technology can look deeper into the structure. Often, a termite specialist can remove the insects.
- Electrical System Problems – Older homes have wiring not compliant with more recently adopted codes, especially air conditioning and entertainment system used continually.
Attorneys who possess a unique knowledge base and recognize the legal options available to individuals faced with these challenges can help.