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Prepare for your inspection, Pre-Inspection Checklists, Forms & Verification Documents
Every Inspection report is delivered promptly to our client, typically the same day or within 24 hours of the Inspection. Should unforeseen circumstances arise and delivery is beyond 24 hours, we will contact you in advance and make necessary arrangements. Inspections are typically scheduled during business hours, Monday through Saturday. Our company strives to accommodate every client so evening and weekend appointments are available. Every inspection must be completed during daylight hours. Please allow additional delivery time for weekend inspections as we make every effort to spend the weekends with our families. If an inspection is on the weekend, unless otherwise needed immediately, please be advised that we may consider this inspection as the following Mondays business, subsequently delivering the inspection report by the following Tuesday.
An inspection is essentially a "visual snapshot" of a home's condition as it exists at the time of the inspection, and this condition is described in our comprehensive written report. Specific industry guidelines state an inspection consists of a non-invasive physical examination of a home's systems, structures and components intended to identify material defects that exist at the time of the inspection. To minimize the risk of damaging to our clients property, inspections are restrained from the moving of furniture, personal belongings or stored items. This restraint is also extended to the dismantling of the various system components of the client's home.
Last, Please be aware that building codes frequently change as new systems and safety concerns are discovered within the industry. As a result, older homes are not always going to have the same safety features as newer homes. In this regard, the recommendations we make are in reference to typical updates for new safety concerns.
Based on this experience, each home inspection also tells a story. I have created a custom reporting method that assists you by giving you power of negotiation. typically range from 15 to 30 pages. You will find a clickable table of contents and photo details that follow a narrative, with ease, on your computer, phone or tablet. As the report outlines each function of the home, you will not find yourself struggling to navigate back and forth throughout the document trying to find a category of desired information. Also, my report includes a one-page summary of the inspection site and a checklist separating major issues (Safety Hazards) from minor issues or maintenance (General Upkeep) . This type of inspection sometimes called comprehensive remains general in nature and is the first step towards your safety. Furthermore, our comprehensive inspection report is also considered a guide for which specialized professionals you may want to hire for further investigation.
A Comprehensive Home Inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated in our Standards Of Practice document on the tab labeled with the same heading), performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. The Comprehensive Home Inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions. The Comprehensive Home Inspection may not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.
Typically, the Comprehensive Home Inspection will determine the condition of the plumbing, electrical and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems. The structure will also be examined to assure it is sound. This will encompass the condition of foundation, siding, roof windows and doors. This report will help identify deficiencies you may want to have addressed prior to closing or be used to negotiate terms of your pre-sale contract. Our report will also point out typical findings that may require minor expense to correct or update. Some discoveries will be described as usual routine or recommended maintenance. This information will also be summarized in the Comprehensive Home Inspection Report. keep in mind, this summary will not be a complete listing of all the discoveries in the report, and only reflects the opinion of the inspector. Please review all of the pages of the report as the summary alone does not explain all the issues and/or details. We advise, all repairs must be completed by a qualified, licensed, and insured contractor or trade professional. We recommend obtaining a copy of all receipts, warranties, and permits for the work performed.
Scope of Condominium Inspection Clause: ($150+)- ($150 Discounted Off a Comprehensive Inspection)
Similar to the full Comprehensive Inspection (Regularly $400) and is discounted for a fee of just $300 for a single story. Also, you understand that we will inspect only your condominium unit. Our inspection will not include any inspection of common areas or other spaces you do not own. We may offer comments concerning our observations of common areas as a courtesy. You agree that any comments concerning common areas, or any lack of comments concerning common areas, shall not give rise to any claim against us.
Additional Charge for Homes over 4000Sq. Ft. & Sometimes Two Story Structures: ($100+)
The price above is for homes up to 4000 Sq. Ft. An additional fee of $50 will apply for each additional 1000 Sq. Ft. of space thereafter. The additional fee is necessary for extra inspection time and report writing spent on larger homes that typically have more rooms. These homes tend to have additional bathrooms, and duplicate systems, such as twin HVAC or additional electrical sub panels, that must be carefully inspected.
Four-Point Inspection - ($125) Discounted $75 with Comprehensive Inspection)
A Four-Point Home Inspection includes an inspection of the roof, plumbing, electrical and the HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning). The inspection takes approximately one hour to complete and is comprised of the inspection report, permits, completed work documents, and photographs.
Most of the information gathered for a four point inspection pertains to the predictable life span of these systems. Keep in mind, the information is not limited to the life expectancy of the home's systems. Other issues considered are the type of wiring, manufacturers and/or model of the equipment, and signs of equipment or system failures. Some of this information begins with researching the history of permits on the inspected property. Our report will help the homeowner know what areas need to be addressed in order to acquire the insurance coverage they need.
A Four-Point Home Inspection is not a Comprehensive Home Inspection, which is a much more extensive inspection. The Four-Point Home Inspection only satisfies insurance carrier requirements of a particular home. The inspection is not a guarantee that the insurance carrier will qualify you, that the home is insurable, or that the carrier will require no other certifications or inspections.
Sometimes an insurance carrier will ask for a Roof Certification. This is typically requested due to a lack of information on file, such as a permit, which indicates the age of a roof. If there is no proof of the roof's expected life span or age, insurance companies often require an additional inspection, known as a "Roof Certification." This certification is typically an additional cost and report. This special roof certification report can only be completed by a "Roof Certified Inspector" or "Certified Roofing Contractor." Please be advised that we do not currently offer this certification. If this additional certification is needed, please have your insurance carrier advise you.
Wind Mitigation ($100) (Discounted $50 with Comprehensive Inspection) A windstorm inspection, also referred to as a windstorm mitigation inspection, windstorm insurance inspection or wind mitigation inspection, is a kind of home inspection common in the coastal areas of the Southern United States. The purpose of a windstorm inspection is to determine the appropriateness of a given structure's construction in the event of strong winds, such as those present in a hurricane.
Windstorm inspections look for construction features that have been shown to reduce losses in hurricanes, such as a hip roof, concrete block construction, the presence of gable end bracing, shutters and opening protections, the presence of roof to wall attachments such as toe nails, clips or hurricane straps, and the presence of a secondary water resistance barrier.
A homeowner with windstorm insurance can often submit the results of a windstorm inspection to their insurer to obtain discounts on their windstorm insurance. In Florida, for example, premium discounts for certain favorable wind mitigation features are mandated by State law and can total 45% of the original policy's premium. In coastal parts of Texas, the State mandates windstorm inspections prior to certifying a new building.
In Florida, a wind mitigation inspection is performed by a licensed general contractor, building contractor, architect, engineer, building inspector or home inspector. The information gathered is presented on a standard wind mitigation form, OIR-B1-1802, commonly referred to as the 1802 form. As of Feb 1, 2012, all inspections must have photos showing each feature listed on the wind mitigation form.
Inspectors will collect the following information during an inspection, The age of the home to determine what building code was in place at the time of construction, the age of the roof, documentation to prove if the roof was installed to any certain building code, the roof deck attachment, roof to wall connection, roof shape, existence of a SWR and the opening protection of the doors and windows.
Radon, Mold , Mildew & Chinese Drywall Testing -
(We do not offer theses Services)
We do not offer "Radon testing" at this time. Most homes come up with negative results in Florida (Most.. Not All). Radon testing can be difficult to conduct, as the amount of gas changes depending on the amount of ventilation the structure has on a given day. We are looking into several Special Equipment & Procedures to properly perform tests and may offer it in the near future. For now, to receive a free "Radon Test" visit...
Free Radon Test
EPA Map of Radon Zones & Contact Information
As far as "Mold & Mildew" are concerned, it is part of life in Florida, it's everywhere. The best way to control or prevent mold or mildew growth is finding its source of moisture. Eliminate the moisture issue..... You can effectively eliminate the mold and mildew problem. This is why proper ventilation both underneath and in the attic of structure, bathroom exhaust fans, and general maintenance such as caulk, silicon, and paint is so important. Of course, we do our best to find the source of the moisture, we do have "Mold and Mildew Remediation Companies" to refer to you, if we do discover this problem during our inspections.
Be careful of those that offer "Chinese Drywall Tests". According to the Federal Trade Commission there is no real effective means of testing drywall other than the signs reported by some consumers who live in these homes that have reported problems, including a strong sulfur smell, like rotten eggs; health issues, like irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty breathing, a persistent cough and headaches; and premature corrosion or deterioration of certain metal components in their homes, like air conditioner coils and wiring behind electrical outlets and inside electrical panel boxes. In our opinion, the best means is to look for visible backing of drywall in attic spaces, preferably over garages where typically there is no insulation. If no garage, then the alternative is to cut a section out of an inconspicuous closet where it can be more easily repaired. Searching for print on the backside of the drywall is still the best means of determining whether or not your drywall may be from China.
How to tell if you have Chinese Drywall
(All Information provided above was directly from the FTC and Consumer Product Protection Agency)