Inspections

Full Home Inspection:

  • Structural Elements
    Construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation.
  • Exterior Evaluation
    Wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights and exterior receptacles.
  • Roof and Attic
    Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing and gutters. It does not include a guarantee of roof condition or a roof certification.
  • Plumbing
    Identification of pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes, including condition. Toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and traps. It does not include a sewer inspection.
  • Systems and Components
    Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimney, fireplace and sprinklers.
  • Electrical
    Main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Appliances
    Dishwasher, range and oven, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal and smoke detectors.
  • Garage
    Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, lights, receptacles, exterior, windows and roof.
ALL FULL HOME INSPECTIONS INCLUDES A WIND MITIGATION, 4 POINT (IF NEEDED) AND TERMITE INSPECTIONS (EXCEPT CONDOS/APARTMENTS)

Wind Mitigation

Florida Statute 627.0629 REQUIRES Insurance Companies to offer REDUCED RATES on Windstorm Insurance for certain Hurricane resistant features. We will inspect the features present in your home and produce a WINDSTORM MITIGATION inspection report for you in order to obtain your WINDTORM MITIGATION CREDITS from your insurance agent.

A homeowner with windstorm insurance can submit the results of a windstorm inspection to their insurer to obtain discounts on their windstorm insurance. In Florida, for example, premium discounts for certain favorable wind mitigation features are mandated by State law and can total 40% of the original windstorm policy's premium.


Point Inspections

A Four-Point Inspection (4-point insurance inspection), is typically performed for a homeowner when requested by their insurance company; often a requirement when obtaining a new insurance policy or renewing an existing policy. It was created after Hurricane Andrew struck Florida in 1992. It is performed on behalf of the insurance companies and, typically, as a requirement for the insurer offering insurance.

After the recent barrage of hurricanes in Florida, the 4 - Point Insurance Inspection has taken on added importance. As insurance companies are beginning to see the benefit of the inspection, the program is spreading to other areas of the country. The benefit to the insurance company is, obviously, reduced loss risk on homeowner's insurance policies. This is an area of business that has, for many years, been a money loser for insurance companies.

The Four Point Insurance Inspection consists of a visual survey of the following four primary components:

1. Roof 2. Electrical 3. HVAC System 4. Plumbing

Citizens Roof Condition Certification

Citizens Insurance now requires Roof Condition Certification inspections or proof of roof replacement upon renewal for homes of certain ages.

All roofs must be in good condition with no damage or visible signs of leaks to be eligible for coverage with Citizens. In addition, specific age of roof requirements have been implemented. Homes over 25 years old with a shingle roof, homes over 50 years old with any other type of roof and mobile homes over 25 years old must have the roof replaced to be eligible for coverage.


WDO (Termite) Inspection:

A termite inspection is a visual inspection of all accessible areas of a home for evidence of wood-destroying insects (WDI) and wood-destroying organisms (WDO). The inspector will visually inspect the interior of a home (including accessing and entering any scuttle wholes or pull down attic access points where Drywood termites are prevalent) and exterior of the property. After the inspection has been performed, the findings are reported on WDO form.


Elevation Certificate:

The Elevation Certificate is a document from the National Flood Insurance Program also known as (NFIP). This certificate is to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper insurance premium rate, and to support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision based on fill (LOMR-F). The Elevation Certificate is usually required by your home owner insurance agent or home owner's insurance company.

Chinese Drywall Inspection

We strongly encourage all of our clients to accompany us during the inspection. You should feel free to ask the inspector any questions you may have during the inspection process. The inspector will point out problems and explain them to you. The inspector will also show you the good points of the house as well. Plus, we will explain what routine maintenance is needed to keep the house in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the most understanding of the systems that make up your home, and how to maintain them. You'll get a comprehensive report that is easy to understand. Everything identified during the inspection will be included in the report. With this information in-hand you can negotiate costs on repairs, which in the long-run can save you money


CHINESE DRYWALL - learn more

Check Your Home for Defective Chinese Drywall

If your home has a sulfur, or rotten egg smell, get started immediately investigating for defective drywall. This smell has also been explained as being similar to the smell of a match that has been struck and blown out.


Risks to Health and Home

Some homeowners with Chinese drywall report a strong sulfur smell, similar to that of rotten eggs, permeating their homes. Health problems are said to include headaches, respiratory ailments, irritated eyes, and nosebleeds. In addition, the toxic gas is thought to be responsible for corroding copper and tarnishing silver, resulting in the failure of everything from computers and TVs to air conditioners and refrigerators. Even electrical wiring and switches have been affected, as have the silver on mirrors and jewelry.


Inspecting for Chinese Drywall Syndrome:

Note:
Not all symptoms are a clear indication of Chinese drywall. The only way to be sure of the presence of Chinese drywall syndrome is through lab testing of samples of the drywall. We strongly recommend lab testing of the drywall prior to the closing of your home, visual inspections can not and should not be relied upon as a definitive analysis for Chinese drywall.

Mold:

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Learn more: http://www.epa.gov/mold/

Infrared camara:

Whether you work in an industrial or commercial facility, you can quickly scan large surface areas for temperature differences that often indicate that a problem exists or a failure could be imminent.

Electrical and mechanical failures usually occur gradually, over a period of time. As they do, several warning signs are given along the way, including abnormal thermal patterns in electrical and mechanical equipment. Infrared is a proven and applied technology for early detection of pending failures, reducing risk, increasing operational safety and production efficiency. Integrating infrared into your proactive maintenance approach is more than protection against breakdowns. Our infrared inspection services have proven to be an effective part of an overall condition based maintenance program.

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