Why? Because you need to know details about the condition of a home before you sign your life away to the bank. A home inspection delivers a comprehensive understanding of a property's condition across major categories. It also gives information about the types of maintenance required to keep the home in good shape and all major systems operating smoothly.
What? We visually inspect 12 major categories: structure, roof, exterior, interior, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, insulation, ventilation, water control, appliances, and fuel services. We deliver a professional, high quality home inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps. Each customized inspection report includes an executive summary, detailed sections of identified concerns organized logically by category and high-res photos.
Why? Because, in Florida, a 4-Point Inspection is the pre-requisite to obtaining a homeowner’s insurance policy on homes 30 years old or more.
What? A 4-Point Inspection focuses on providing information about the type, age, and condition of four main categories: 1) HVAC (heating/cooling system), 2) Electrical (wiring, fixtures and panels), 3) Plumbing (supply, DWV, water heater, connections, fixtures), and 4) Roofing. We then provide a 4-Point Inspection Report you can then pass along to your insurance agent.
Why? Because hurricane “season” isn’t a season. June 1 to November 30 is half of the year. Hurricanes deliver wind speeds up to 160 MPH. Florida is a prime target as more than 40% of hurricanes hit Florida. Coincidentally, homeowners can receive discounts up to 40% on insurance with a wind mitigation inspection.
What? Wind mitigation is the implementation of certain building techniques in order to limit damage caused by intense wind. We document what building techniques have been implemented per Form OIR-B1-1802 (effective 2/1/2012) set by The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. For example:
Roof to Wall Connection
Is the connection toe-nail, clip, single wrap, double wrap, etc.?
Year of Build
Was the structure built in compliance with the Florida Building Code SFBC-2001 or later? Was the structure built in compliance with the Florida Building Code SFBC-94, etc.?
Do all roof coverings listed meet with FBC or Miami-Dade Product Approval listings current at the time of installation? Does structure have a roofing permit application date after 9/1/1994 and before 3/1/2002, or after 3/1/2002? Is the roof original and built in 1997 or later, or built in 2004 or later?
Roof Deck Attachment
What size nails were used? What is the spacing between nails at the edge and field? What is the thickness of the sheathing, decking, etc.?
Hip? Flat? Other?
Secondary Water Resistance
Is self-adhering polymer modified-bitumen roofing underlayment applied directly to the sheathing or foam adhesive SWR barrier (not foamed-on insulation) applied as a supplemental means to protect the dwelling from water intrusion in the event of roof covering loss?
What is the weakest form of wind borne debris protection installed on the structure at the glazed (glass) and non-glazed (solid doors) openings on the exterior envelope of the home?
In summary, wind mitigation is a strategy designed to limit the amount of wind damage inflicted on a structure. Various incentives are in place to motivate homeowners to implement these enhancements, and qualified inspectors can help determine which improvements are necessary.
Why? Because repairing issues created by termites can cost thousands of dollars and many lenders also require termite inspections. Termites are hungry; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are also sneaky. They eat wood from the inside out, making it hard to detect a problem until there is significant damage.
What? We visually inspect the home for evidence of wood-destroying organisms, including termites, wood decaying fungi, old house borers and powder post beetles. We inspect the entire interior of the home, as well as the exterior of the property. We deliver a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Agricultural Environmental Services Wood Destroying Organism Inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps.
Why? Because safety is critical for you and your family and friends. Pools are fun but they require proper, continuous maintenance and have lots of potential pain points which represent safety hazards.
What? We inspect the electrical systems and circulation systems as well as the interior surface and surrounding decks. We check the pool’s safety barriers, e.g. fences, gates and latching mechanisms. We don’t dismantle filters, pumps and heaters and we don’t test water chemistry. We deliver a professional, high quality Pool Inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps.
Why? Because water is the source of life - drinking, washing hands, taking showers, doing dishes, washing laundry. Is the well flow sufficient to support the household’s water requirements?
What? We open bathroom sink and tub faucets at the highest point in the property. At two different locations, we measure the amount of time it takes to fill a one-gallon container. After running the water for 30 minutes, we turn off the faucets and measure flow at the bathroom sink. We also visually inspect the well and related components. We deliver a professional, high quality Well Flow Inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps.
Why? To ensure that your water is safe to drink. "Potability" is a silly word for a better non-word – “Drinkability.” Well water might taste and smell OK, but are there any unwanted impurities?
What? We remove screen/aerator from a cold water faucet and run the water for five minutes. We collect two samples from the cold water faucet and package the water samples and ship them overnight to a certified water testing facility. We deliver a professional, high quality Well Potability Inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps.
First Anniversary Inspection
Why? Because your builder’s warranty is about to expire. Warranties for newly constructed homes typically offer coverage on workmanship and materials relating to various components of the home, such as windows, heating, ventilation, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. Because these warranties usually expire one year after settlement, a first year anniversary inspection should be performed 11 months after closing.
What? We visually inspect 14 major categories: structural, roofing, exterior, interior, electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, insulation, ventilation, waste control, waste disposal, appliances and site. We deliver a professional, high-quality home inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps. This report can be presented to your builder as a punch list of items that need to be replaced/repaired before the warranty expires.