We get asked this question often by clients applying for an FHA home loan. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation online regarding FHA appraisal and inspection requirements. This has led to much frustration and confusion on the part of buyers and sellers alike. So let me start by giving you the simple answer.
FHA Does Not Require a Home InspectionThe Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers the FHA loan program. It is HUD that establishes all rules and guidelines for this program. While HUD does not require borrowers to have the property inspected they strongly encourage it. In fact HUD requires all FHA borrowers to sign the HUD-92564-CN form when applying for an FHA loan. By signing this form borrowers accept the importance of getting an independent home inspection and accept the consequences that may come with not getting one. Here is how the form reads:
For Your Protection: Get a Home InspectionWhy a Buyer Needs a Home Inspection A home inspection gives the buyer more detailed information about the overall condition of the home prior to purchase. In a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth, unbiased look at your potential new home to:
- Evaluate the physical condition: structure, construction, and mechanical systems;
- Identify items that need to be repaired or replaced; and
- Estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems, equipment, structure, and finishes.
- Estimate the market value of a house;
- Make sure that the house meets FHA minimum property standards/requirements; and
- Make sure that the property is marketable.