Do home inspectors inspect outbuildings?
Saturday, June 30, 2018
The State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR 61-30.810(3)(d)) standards for home inspection, effective October 22, 2013, states that home inspectors are not required to inspect outbuildings. The Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) deviates slightly, by saying home inspectors are not required to inspect “outbuildings other than garages and carports,” while the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) does not address the issue directly. But, by stating that their standards apply to “properties with four or fewer residential units and their attached garages and carports,” they appear to also exclude outbuildings.
Some inspectors will inspect the outbuildings on a property, usually for an extra fee, and some won’t. We try to avoid inspecting them for our customers because the structures, other than detached garages, were often built without a permit or inspection and are in poor condition. So we end up writing up a lot of defects about sheds that were never meant to meet the building standards for a residence. Plus, most sellers consider outbuilding to be a free extra benefit of the property, and will laugh a buyer’s request to repair them or reduce the price because of their condition.
The issue is further complicated by the fact that small sheds, like the kind you can buy from the big-box home improvement stores, are not required to have a building permit or inspection in many municipalities in Florida. They only need to be placed within the zoning setbacks of the property. Also, non-residential farm buildings on farms, such as barns and stables, are exempt from the permitting and inspection requirements of the Florida Building Code, per Florida Statue 553.73 (10) (c).
Also, see our blog post Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet?
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