Make sure your little slice of paradise isn’t a little slice of hell and hire your own inspector. Who should you use? The Real Estate Agent recommended someone. Well, let's hold up right there and take a step back. My fellow REALTORS® may string me up for saying this, but I would recommend that you find your own inspector.
I know you're really excited about buying your house, but hold on for just one minute! There are a few things that you should know that a real estate agent might just happen to gloss over... things that you really need to be aware of before you start making offers and signing contracts. Insurance, Taxes, Hurricane Preparation and Ongoing Maintenance, will all play a big part in making the decision to buy a home or not. It will also add to the true cost of ownership, some in the short term, and some in the long term, but they will all cost you money.