We’re happy to hear that you’re buying a home in Gainesville and we know once you’re settled in you’ll find many reasons to love living in Gainesville. We know house shopping is an exciting time but it can also be a stressful, worrisome experience so we wanted to help the customers that choose 2 College Brothers Moving and Storage to handle their Gainesville move with a little extra advice. Choosing a home inspector in Gainesville, FL can be just as intimidating as choosing a good moving company so we’ve done much of the research necessary for you already!
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How to Find a Home Inspector in Gainesville – Tips & What to Look For
Looking for a good Gainesville home inspector really shouldn’t be unlike your experience shopping around for a good moving company, the best realtor to work with, or even looking for your home. Nobody wants to work with an individual or company that has subpar reviews, right? Make sure you do your online research for each and every option you are looking at. Check Facebook and Google reviews and see what the experience has been like for your peers and ask friends or family for honest referrals to companies they’ve worked with in the past.
Good reviews aren’t everything though. We always encourage our customers to seek out the premier Gainesville home inspectors by doing a little bit of extra research. The best of the best in home inspection companies always have the following:
- Experience. The more years of experience under one’s belt, the more they’re going to know what to look for when checking over a home. You want a Gainesville home inspector that has “seen it all” so that they know to look for it all! You literally want them to find something wrong so that you have no unpleasant surprises after moving into your new home. (It’s a good idea to look for a home inspector that has previous experience in the construction business!)
- Certifications and Licenses. Anyone can say they’re great and have a lot of experience, but certifications and licensing ofter prove that a home inspector actually knows their stuff. While not every state worries about licensing home inspectors, the American Society of Home Inspectors does. ASHI is dedicated to the home inspection industry’s advancement, to its members’ professional growth, and to the education of consumers about home ownership and safety.
Florida IS a state that requires licensing to be a home inspector. Professionals need to prove their worth to the state. Don’t use one that can’t produce proof of licensing. In fact Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) is the official agency that is responsible for licensing and regulating home inspectors in FL. You can check any business to see if they have a valid FL home inspector license here.
- Insurance. Legitimate professionals are insured and can produce evidence of their policy to prove it.
- Advanced Training(s). The most experienced and professional Gainesville home inspectors often have specialized training under their belt. Some may have plumbing training and become certified chimney inspectors while others have experience in pest control to add more value to the inspections they perform. The more, the better, especially if you’re purchasing an older home.
Home inspectors do a visual examination of the entire structure and evaluate the roof, foundation, draining, plumbing and heating, HVAC, walls, windows and doors.
It’s not a great idea to only use a real estate agent’s recommendation for a home inspector, especially if they cannot produce evidence of the aforementioned bullet points. There are simply too many horror stories about people using recommendations because they’re friends of an agent and not actually looking out for your best interest. Home inspectors cost a pretty penny, and if they do a poor job, they will eventually cost you a few more pennies in repairs down the road! Take a look at this excellent Consumer Reports article from a couple of years ago when the housing market started to boom throughout the country to get some better ideas of what to look for when choosing a Gainesville home inspection agent.
Brucker Home Inspectors, LLC | Report Completed within 24 Hours of Inspection – Weekends Included
Eric Brucker is a fully certified professional with a staggering 5.0 star rating on Google Reviews, which is especially impressive since there are over 260 reviews at the time of this publication. Brucker has no problem providing proof of his many certifications and takes pride in helping his community be better by finding every little issue during inspection, from interior to exterior issues, electrical, plumbing, safety and more – so that everything can be addressed and remedied. Brucker is also bilingual so any Spanish speakers can benefit from his services as well.
Gator Home Inspections Inc. | Over 20 Years Serving Gainesville
Areas served include Gainesville, Alachua, High Springs, Jonesville, Archer, Newberry, Fort White, Bronson, Lake Butler, Lake City, Live Oak, Morriston, Williston, Chiefland, Wellborn, Bell, Brooker, Branford, Hawthorne, Melrose, Keystone, Heights, Hampton, Starke, and Micanopy. That’s quite a list and combined with the 20 years of service and nearly 8,000 home inspections provided to those locations, there are no more experienced home inspectors in Alachua County. With a 4.8 star Google Review rating and over 135 reviews, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting a well-regarded team for your Gainesville home inspection.
Home Inspection Group, LLC | Specializes in Transparency & Teaching Customers Tips and Tricks
With over 20 years in business, Home Inspection Group, LLC provides home inspection services in Gainesville with a bit of a twist. The professionals working for HIG like to educate their customers in different areas like wind damage mitigation and erosion prevention techniques as they go about the normal home inspection process. You’ll learn about the condition of the home’s roof and foundation. They even have an active blog on their website for customers, or anybody else, to check out. With terrific reviews everywhere you look, a fun and interactive website, and proof of being licensed and insured, you could do much worse than these Gainesville home inspectors.
HouseMaster | Limited Repair Reimbursement Gaurantee in Gainesville
When you choose HouseMaster for your home inspection in Gainesville, FL, you are protected by their limited repair reimbursement guarantee. If you have unexpected repair expenses during the first 90 days from closing or 120 days from your inspection, you’ll be refunded your inspection fee and repair expenses up to $1,500 per claim.
The HouseMaster inspection teams are Florida home inspectors and part of the National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI), the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), and Florida Health.
Thurmond Home Inspections | Residential and Commercial Inspections in Gainesville
Specializing in Gainesville home inspections and commercial properties, Thurmond Home Inspections is an InterNACHI certified organization. In addition to home inspections for buyers purchasing a new home, Thurmond also provides wind mitigations, mold inspections, and four point inspections for condos and single family homes. Thurmond maintains multiple certifications and specializes training to ensure they provide comprehensive and exceptional services to their customers looking for Florida home inspections.
Down Home Inspections | North Florida Home Inspections and Licensed Mold Assessment
With over 1,663 home inspections completed, Down Home Inspections is an experienced, Florida state licensed home inspector in Gainesville and the surrounding North Florida communities for residential and specialty inspections. In addition to home buying inspections, Down Home Inspections can inspect pools, complete licensed mold assessments, and check radon levels. They partner with a third party for termite inspections so you don’t have to worry about finding someone you can trust for your pest control inspections. Established in 2015, Down Home Inspections is a family-owned and operated business.
Down Home Inspections offers a 10% hero discount for military and first responders.
Map of Home Inspectors in Gainesville
Gainesville Home Inspection FAQs
How Much Does a Gainesville, FL Home Inspection Cost?
Home inspections in Gainesville will vary from inspector to inspector. Sometimes inspectors run specials depending on the time of the year, the amount of services you’re considering, and the size of the home. The average cost of home inspections in Florida ranges between $300 and $500.
Who Pays for a Home Inspection in Florida?
Usually the home buyer pays for home inspections in Florida. You should schedule your home inspection as soon as the seller accepts the offer on the home.
What if the Gainesville House “Fails” Inspection?
If your new Gainesville home has any potential health hazards, a good home inspector will report and thoroughly document it for you. From there, they will come up with suggestions and a game plan to have a safe and secure Gainesville home.
How Long Does a Gainesville Home Inspection Last?
Depending on the size of the house, your inspection will last anywhere from a couple hours to a full day. The best Gainesville home inspectors will be very thorough so if it seems too fast, it probably is.
Buying a home in Gainesville can be the most exciting time of your life but with a bad home inspector, you could be making a crazy mistake. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of choosing a trustworthy and thorough home inspector so we wanted to provide you a list with some of the best in the Gainesville area. There are a slew of other home inspectors stationed outside of Gainesville that serve the city of Gainesville so please continue to do your own research as well. Once you’re done and everything is set in stone, give 2 College Brothers Moving and Storage a call at 352-448-9095. We’ll take care of your Gainesville move so you have one less step to stress about!