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 […]
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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 […]
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Builder Warranty Inspection
IF YOU ARE BUYING A NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME, the single most important thing you can do to protect your rights against defective construction or latent defects is to have the home inspected before the end of the first year of ownership. This inspection is even more important than having a pre-closing inspection. Unless you observe […]
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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).
The Most Common Mold Scams
The Most Common Mold Scams: HVAC duct replacement Cabinet replacement Drywall removal Replacing insulation Cleaning wood framing in attics Removing tile in showers/tub replacement Crawlspace Encapsulation Air Handler cleaning Installing UV lighting in AC Installing HE filters in AC units Identifying dirt as mold Mildew and staining Replacing flooring Excessive air scrubbing Containment Encapsulation with […]
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Florida Crawlspace Homes
Few of our Florida homes have basements but a great many have elevated finish floors over what is commonly termed a “crawlspace.” A crawlspace is the open area/gap between the finished floor and the ground. They vary in height and accessibility. Some have as little as a few inches between the floor joists and ground […]
Do You Know? How Qualified is Your Home Inspector?
The realtor and the home inspector share one common, legal requirement – we have a fiduciary duty to protect the buyer. That common requirement is written into law and as such, we are both legally bound to do what we can to protect the buyer from making a significant mistake in purchasing a home. In […]
Home Seller’s Tips
You can avoid last minute repair issues with these simple DIY tips: 1. Check your windows before listing. Clean the windows and tracks. Open the windows to make sure they stay in the open position (bank appraisers will fail windows which won’t stay open). Often, window springs need to be exercised so you may have […]