Who can do a home inspection in the State of Florida?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Anyone offering home inspection services after July, 2011, must be licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) before they can obtain a local business license. To read more about it, go to our blog post How can I check to be sure a home inspector is licensed?

    The one exception to the requirement is that Florida-licensed residential, building, and general contractors may do home inspections without a home inspection license. The exemption was granted in May, 2012. See our blog post Can a Florida licensed contractor do home inspections without having a home inspector license? for more.

    Along with the licensing requirement, the state has also mandated a set of minimum standards for a home inspection. You can read the list of minimum requirements at our blog post Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet?

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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? 

If we already looked at the house very carefully, do we still need a home inspection?

    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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