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 and/or a WDO Inspector would be a huge mistake for a new homebuyer.
In addition to termites, St. Augustine homes suffer from other wood destroying organisms such as wood rot fungus caused by poorly drained crawlspaces, high water tables and recurring flooding. Rotted wood also attracts many other insects such as ants, earwigs, silverfish, cockroaches, spiders and rodents. Many new homeowners are distressed to learn it may cost $2,000 to remove rats from their attics. If your home inspector is not licensed to conduct pest control inspections, you may not learn this until after you close as a home inspector is not required to report on pests or termites (nor are they licensed to). Termite damage can cost tens of thousands in structural repairs.
Home Inspector Qualifications
Your best choice for a home inspector in St. Augustine, FL will have:
- A Certified General Contractor license.
- A Certified Pest Control Operators license.
- A Home Inspector license with at least 10 years of experience.
Your St. Augustine, FL home inspector should be uniquely qualified to assess every component in your home to include structural concerns. A home inspector is not qualified to report on structural issues (their license does not cover it). If you are buying an older property in St. Augustine, don’t you think you need a home inspector who is licensed to assess structural components? We do.
Property360 Can Help
Property360 is a fully licensed General Contractor, Home Inspector, Mold Assessor and Pest Control Operator (360PestControl). We also hold national certification as a Level II EIFS/Stucco Inspector, Certified Residential Thermographer and Certified Pool Operator (NPSF). Contact us today at (904) 503-9808 to request your inspection.