Q. Six months ago I purchased a large, 5-year-old home. Before closing, my agent insisted that I hire a professional home inspector but instead, I chose to hire a handyman for financial reasons. However, since taking possession, numerous plumbing and electrical problems have surfaced, requiring repairs in excess of $5000. Did I make a mistake and why didn’t this handyman who called himself a home inspector inspect my home property?
A. Your situation is indeed frustrating and unfortunately, occurs all too often. The answer to your question is that there are “home inspectors” and there are Home Inspectors. Home inspection is a relatively new profession and thus far is not regulated in most states, including Florida. At present, anyone can claim to be a home inspector because licensing and certification are not required. Therefore, buyers must exercise extreme care and consideration before hiring just anyone.