While many components and systems in homes located in Florida and the surrounding area have service life expectancies that are comparable to those anywhere else in the U.S., those items that are regularly exposed to saltwater, wind, sun and heat are particularly vulnerable to premature failure compared to items installed in homes located elsewhere. These guidelines attempt to address those differences. Furthermore, Florida inspectors are subject to state requirements for reporting deficiencies based on expected service life:
468.8323 Home inspection report. Upon completion of each home inspection for compensation, the home inspector shall provide a written report prepared for the client.
(1) The home inspector shall report:
(a) on those systems and components inspected that, in the
professional opinion of the inspector, are significantly deficient or
are near the end of their service life;
(b) if not self-evident, a reason why the system or component reported
under paragraph (a) is significantly deficient or near the end of its