How can I check to be sure a home inspector is licensed?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

All home inspectors in Florida have been required to be licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) since 2011. To confirm that an inspector you are considering hiring is licensed, go to the Florida DPBR website at www.myfloridalicense.com and click on “Verify A License.” When you search by name, you will also find any other licenses the inspector has and you can check for any complaints that may have been filed against the inspector.

   Home inspection licenses must be renewed every two years and continuing education has to completed in order to renew. The state issues wallet-size license cards at each renewal. Many inspectors (including us) carry them with us in case we are asked for license verification.

    Also, see our blog posts Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet? and Can a Florida licensed contractor do home inspections without having a home inspector license? 

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  To learn more strategies for getting the best possible home inspection, here’s a few of our other blog posts:

How can I make sure I don't get screwed on my home inspection? 

How thorough is a home inspector required to be when inspecting a house?

Should I trust the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement?

Can I do my own home inspection?

How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole? 

The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get my own inspector? 

    To read about issues related to homes of particular type or one built in a specific decade, visit one of these blog posts:

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1940s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1950s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s house?

• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1990s house?

What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property? 

What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been moved?

What do I need to know about buying a foreclosure? 

What should I look for when buying a former rental house?  

What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been vacant or abandoned?

What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

What should I look for when buying a house that is being "flipped" by an investor seller? 

What do I need to know about a condo inspection?

What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?

   Visit our HOME INSPECTION page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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