new construction inspection
Why You Should Order a Builder One-Year Warranty Inspection
The single most important reason new homeowners should have their home inspected before the end of the first year of ownership is to document deficiencies and/or concerns before the builder transfers the warranty to a 3rd-party warranty provider. The builder is required to notify the 3rd-party warranty provider of any known issues. Depending upon the […]
Indoor air testing
What Every Consumer Should Understand About Air Sampling for Mold
Mold testing using non-viable air sampling is commonplace, but what are these reports telling the consumer? The answer is, not much. In fact, these reports often create confusion especially when the inspector is unable to explain what the report means. If they could explain the meaning, generally the correct explanation would be, “it means nothing.”
Home Inspectors In St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine, FL is a vibrant community with a rich heritage, but it also has many older homes, and it is well known as a hot spot for termites. In fact, it has one of the highest infestation rates in the state for both the Eastern and Formosan subterranean termite. Hiring an inexperienced home inspector […]
How Long Will Your House Last?
Most people understand building components have a life cycle or useful life expectancy, but they rarely plan or budget for replacement. If you are buying a resale home, you should also understand you may need to replace aged components and budget accordingly.
Insect & Rodent Inspections in Florida
If you are buying a home, most people understand the value in having the home inspected for defective components like the roof, plumbing or AC system. Most also understand the need to have it inspected for termites or other wood destroying organisms. Few people consider the equal importance of inspecting for insect or rodent infestation […]
Florida home inspection
What Should Your Home Inspection Report Tell You?
The State of Florida regulates home inspectors and by law, home inspectors must convey basic information included in the Standards of Practice for a Home Inspector. This includes a visual inspection of the primary building components such as the plumbing, electrical, exterior, roof, built-in appliances, and site conditions that may affect the structure. The Inspector […]
Check Out These Tips About Roofs Before You Buy A Home
What You Should Know About Roofs Before You Buy A Home Insurance carriers may deny a policy based on the age of the roof. If it is insurable, you may have to replace it sooner than you expected. Your policy will most likely be written for Actual Cash Value rather than Replacement Value. Unless you […]
Florida Home Inspections
Florida Home Inspector Qualifications
When is a Florida home inspector “appropriately qualified” to render an opinion, make a recommendation, or predict failure of any building component? Unfortunately, most real estate agents and home inspectors alike have no clue even though it is clearly defined by the Florida statute (FAC 61-30).