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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR INSPECTION?

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

TYPES OF INSPECTIONS

Our clients primarily deal with three types of home inspection services. Click on each tab below to learn more.

RESIDENTIAL INSPECTION

A Properly Inspected residential home inspection is performed by a licensed home inspector to ensure that the home is in good working condition and that any major deficiencies of the home are pointed out to our clients.

Our inspectors evaluate all electrical systems, heating, air conditioning and plumbing. Other interior factors covered during a residential inspection include identifying materials used (flooring, walls, windows, cabinets etc…) and checking for indications of prior water intrusion. We will also inspect the condition of the roof, windows, doors and the exterior. This includes patios, decks, sidewalks and driveways. Additional structures like pools or outbuildings can be inspected by request.

COMMERCIAL INSPECTION

While a residential inspection focuses on structural evaluations, a commercial inspection also includes assessment of amenities. It’s also known as a property condition assessment (PCA). The type of construction, occupancy and the age of the structure determine how the particular place will be inspected.

A baseline PCA relies on document review, walk-through survey and even interviews. A commercial inspection can include site characteristics (landscaping, paving, utilities), roof surface areas, mechanical and electrical systems, plumbing, and vertical transportation like elevators. Additional services might include indoor air quality assessment, radon testing and ADA assessments.

The resulting property condition report (PCR) is used to help buyers and owners understand maintenance and operation of the property. It also helps prospective investors to assess their confidence when it comes to making financial decisions.

INSURANCE INSPECTION

4-Point Inspection – If the home is older than 25 years old most insurance companies in Florida require a four point inspection. Your insurance company wants to know that the four main points of the home (Roof, Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC) are in good and in safe working order.

Wind Mitigation Inspection – Your insurance company wants to know the age, shape and type of roof, how well the roof is connected to the walls, (either by toe nails (16 penny nails) or hurricane clips or straps), how well the sheathing is secured to the trusses, what type of nails were used, and if the openings of the house (windows, doors and garage door/s) have hurricane impact resistance ratings. A wind mitigation inspection can help lower your home owner’s insurance policy premiums.

Citizens Roof Certification – A roof certification inspection lets the insurance company know the type and age of a roof.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Every inspector is different and comes with strong points and weak points. You may save $50 by choosing a cheaper inspector and he could miss $1,000 in problems. Usually, the best inspectors are not the cheapest. If you want to save money, possibly thousands, then don’t choose the cheapest inspector. A thorough and experienced home inspector is the best route to take.
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
Most residential home inspection fees are driven by the heated square footage of the home. It usually starts with a base fee, then as different services are added such as a pool inspection or a wind mitigation inspection the price can increase. A typical 1700 square foot house base fee will start around $300.
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.
The best time to receive your final home inspection report is the next morning. This affords you time to discuss the inspection and review the report while it’s fresh in your mind. Receiving a report onsite means one or more of five things will occur, all negative: 1) Home Inspector is writing report and not spending the time to discuss your perspective new home as you move through it room by room. 2) If explanations are given at the time of inspection, THAN, you will have to sit around an extra hour or so waiting for report to be written, 3) Mistakes are made when rushing, items can be left out or improperly written which can lead to improper maintenance and/or repairs necessary, 4) Report may be hand written, vague, and difficult to understand at a later date, and 5) Some home inspection companies charge for this service