That beautiful home may look perfect from the outside, but you never know what’s lurking beneath the immaculate exterior. That’s why you need a home inspector!Only he (or she) has the skills required to provide you with an accurate, unbiased report on the condition of your home.

In choosing an inspector, it’s wise to follow a home inspection checklist like the one we’ve provided below.

Experience vs. Years in Business

This doesn’t necessarily equate to how long an inspector has been in business. Rather, this part of your home inspection checklist deals with actual on-the-job experience. Although an inspector may have been in business for more than a decade, he may only have inspected a handful of homes. An experienced home inspector Tampa will have many home inspections under his belt and be knowledgeable about all parts of your home.

Errors and Omission Insurance

Even the best home inspectors can sometimes make a mistake. In this situation, the type of E&O insurance carried by your home inspector becomes vitally important. Protect yourself by gathering all relevant details, including what type of guarantee is provided and how long it lasts. Hopefully, you won’t need to call on this type of insurance, but it’s comforting to know it’s there if you need it.

Personality and Attitude

Although a pleasant disposition is arguably more important to some people than it is to others, there’s absolutely no reason for you to hire someone you don’t like. There are too many qualified service professionals in this world for you to be stuck with an unhelpful individual.

If you speak with a home inspector who is unwilling to let you attend the home inspection or does not seem interested in answering your questions, move on to someone else.

Inspection Details

Although inspections vary based on location, yours should always include an examination of the following items: heating and cooling systems, ventilation, insulation, electrical, plumbing, interiors, exteriors, garages, bathrooms, roofing, kitchens and drainage. Get a list of all items your inspector intends on checking (as well as the price) so that you can properly compare estimates from one company to another.

Do you have questions about this home inspection checklist? Contact Radiant Property Inspection and a member of our team will be happy to assist you! Simply call (813) 839-8416 or send an email to