At this point, you are likely all familiar with the fact that the home buying process includes a Tampa home inspection. This is such an important part of the process as it allows your home to be checked by a trained Tampa home inspector so you and your family know your home is safe. The problem is, a standard home inspection does not cover everything, and knowing what it doesn’t cover means you are more prepared.

Cigarette Residue
If you are not a smoker, moving into the home of a former smoker can be extremely unappealing. Smoke can linger in the walls and carpeting for years, leaving unpleasant smells that will leach onto your clothing and furniture. The previous owners may have hidden the smell so your Tampa home inspection will not reveal anything on this.

Swimming Pools
For Floridians, a home with a swimming pool means lots of summer days spent cooling off. What you may not know, however, is a standard home inspection will not check swimming pools. You will need to hire a pool specialist or see if your inspector provides a secondary pool inspection to check things like a functioning pump. Pool maintenance can be expensive, so making sure this is in good working order prior to closing can save you time and money.

Termites and Pests
Pest control, if left unattended, can be a nasty problem to deal with. While you may not be able to have a pest control agent come out to inspect the home prior to purchase, this should be done quickly upon closing. Consider asking the seller for information on their last pest inspection to be sure there are no major issues.

Home Additions
Home additions are a great way to create the home of your dreams, but many don’t do them the right way. It is important to note that a home inspection will not check to make sure the addition was permitted and done to code, so you may run into problems later on.

Home inspections are the best way to make sure your new home is safe and sound for your family. While not everything is covered, you can rest easy knowing your home is ready.