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MLS# T2904721

New providence waterfront. Ideally located on a deep water canal 5 houses from the open bay on a beautifully landscaped 93 x 150 waterfront lot, this beautiful Charleston inspired home with open contemporary exteriors offers high ceilings and...
Visit this property in TAMPA: 4921 NEW PROVIDENCE AVE, TAMPA

MLS# O5537243

This recently updated 3 bedroom/2. 5 bath home sits beautifully on 1. Upstairs you will be welcomed by a large bonus room with storage closet, 2 spacious guest rooms with oversized closets, a full bath and the open and airy master bedroom with an...
Visit this property in PLANT CITY: 2805 LYRA LN, PLANT CITY

MLS# A4196719

Enjoy your piece of paradise at the south end of Longboat Key with this remarkable, 2BD/2BA, low maintenance, waterfront vacation home in desirable & gated Fairway Bay where residents enjoy picturesque tropical landscapes and miles of manicured...
Visit this property in LONGBOAT KEY: 1930 HARBOURSIDE DR #112, LONGBOAT KEY

MLS# T2904747

The dining room and living room both overlook the covered lanai, which is a great area for relaxing and dining al fresco. The large owner’s suite, located at the back of the home for privacy, can comfortably fit a king size bed, and includes an en...
Visit this property in THONOTOSASSA: 9608 TRONCAIS CIR, THONOTOSASSA


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Home Inspection

Once a purchase agreement is executed between the buyer and the seller, it is a good idea to get a home inspection done. The buyer needs to hire a professional home inspector to search for all defects within the home and report on the overall condition of the home. Many times, a buyer will have enough knowledge to look over the home themselves to find any defects, but it is always best to have an inspection done by a professional anyway. Buyers are purchasing the home in the present condition of acceptance.

The purpose of an inspection is to make the buyer aware of the physical condition of the property. Inspections do not provide guarantees of the home’s condition, but they do provide information that is valuable to the buyer.

A good inspector should belong to a trade organization for home inspections. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is one example. This organization has formal guidelines and a professional code of ethics that all inspectors must follow. The requirements for those to join the group will be technical knowledge of structures, appliances, and proven field experience.

The seller wants the inspection performed quickly so that the buyer can approve the condition of the home and move on with the purchase. A list of possible items for repair will show up on an inspector’s report. The buyer can then negotiate with the seller to have repairs done, if needed, depending on the contract. The buyer can still cancel the purchase agreement if repairs exceed the $ amount allocated for repairs on the contract, or if repairs are not made within the timetable set. In the event a repair may take longer than expected, an addendum to the contract, to finish the repair after closing, can be issued to satisfy both parties.

The buyer should look at the home one more time a few days before closing or in most cases, afew hours before signing the closing documents to see that the home is in the same condition that it was when they made the original offer. This is also the time that the buyer needs to notice is any agreed-upon repairs have been made.

 

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