It is imperative that every home buyer and seller have a professional home inspection performed. A home inspection helps you understand the issues that exist at a home and the challenges you’ll face with it.
Four point inspections are required by insurance companies for many homes. This inspection gives very general information on the HVAC, electric, plumbing and roof systems at the home. It is separate and distinct from the home inspection, is only for the insurance company and should not be used alone when making a decision to purchase.
Wind mitigation reports give information on how well your home is designed to withstand hurricane impact winds. This report can save you a lot of money because insurance companies use it to give you discounts on your wind insurance premiums (up to 88%)!
During this inspection, we inspect for evidence of wood destroying organisms (WDO) such as termites, other WDO pests and fungi. Termites alone are present in 25%+ of homes in South Florida so it’s important you know if they are feeding on the wood are your home before you buy.
During this inspection, we use high-tech infrared cameras to help detect active leaks, electrical issues and energy loss in areas that can’t be seen with the naked eye (i.e. behind walls, in flooring, etc.)
WITH AIR SAMPLING
It is important to know if molds exist in the air you’ll be breathing at the home because molds cause most health issues when inhaled. Mold can be present in the air at a home even if it’s not visible. Air sampling with laboratory analysis is the only true method for understanding what mold spores are in the air. This inspection is especially important for people with allergies or compromised immune systems.
We recommend having a camera scope inspection performed for the waste plumbing at all homes. It is especially important for homes built before 1980. This inspection is used to detect damaged/deteriorated piping, corrosion, blockages and more.
Pools are more than just a body of water. They have dedicated piping networks, electrical and mechanical systems. It’s important to know if these are all in good condition prior to purchase.
If you’re home has a seawall, we recommend ordering a seawall inspection. We have a diver that will go under water and thoroughly check the condition of the seawall, where seawall damage most often occurs.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
We can put together a testing regime that evaluates for pollen, fungi, dust, debris and more.
We can put together a testing regime that evaluates for a wide range of common water contaminants so you know what’s in the water you’re drinking at the home.
Roof certificates are needed by some insurance companies. Unless a roof certificate is specifically requested by your insurance provider, do not order this.
From 2001-2007, corrosive drywall was imported from China and used in home construction. Later, it was determined that warm, humid climates (like Florida) can release sulfur gases and other dangerous toxins. These gases and toxins can corrode mechanical equipment and cause health issues.
A thorough and professional evaluation is just as important for commercial properties as it is for residential properties. Commercial systems are also different and more complex than residential systems. Not all home inspectors can do commercial inspections- but we can.