Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it's best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall. A typical maintenance check-up should include the following. Check
People ask me all the time "What is the worst thing you can find or have found on an inspection?". Outside of the obvious frightening and crazy things that have been found by many inspectors over the years the biggest enemy of any home is moisture. Moisture, especially in Florida where I operate my business, is by far the single most damaging factor for a home. Roof leaks, plumbing leaks, window leaks, leaking appliances and any other leak you can think of are what typicall
The exterior of a home can have typical issues that come up on a regular basis for inspections. In Florida I would say one of the most common is settlement cracks in stucco. Most homes in Florida have slab on grade foundations or as I like to call them slab on sand. No matter how well prepared a foundation is here a lot of them are going to have some settling of the home over time. With this settling comes settlement cracks in the stucco. Typically, these are not a struct
Homes need regular maintenance to keep them in top shape and operating at their best. Just like a car needs an oil change and tune ups to stay running well there are items in a home that are going to need this same attention. Here is a list of some of the things that will need regular tuning up in and on your home. HVAC – This stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. In Florida we all know how important it is for this to be operating at its best. HVAC systems
A home inspection is one of the most important steps you can take to make sure your new home is a sound investment and a safe place to live. But, many people don't fully understand what happens in a home inspection or what they need to do to get the most out of it. Find out what inspectors say are the five biggest mistakes buyers make during the home inspection, and how you can avoid these potentially pricey pitfalls. Mistake No. 1: Not having new construction inspected Even
Technology helping home buyers avoid bad purchases This is a Thermal image I took at a recent inspection. Beautiful home, very well maintained and for the most part was in great condition. But the thermal image you see above uncovered a little more. Most of the insulation in the attic wall had slid down (very common) and was no longer insulating the space between the attic and the home. Unnoticed this type of issue results in energy loss for the home owner and even potenti
Maintenance Checklist Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it's best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall. A typical maintenance check-up should includ
One of the funniest scenes in the movie “A Christmas Story” involves the dad plugging yet another cord into an overtaxed outlet and blowing a fuse. In real life, electrical hazards are nothing to laugh about. With Halloween here and the rest of the holiday season rapidly approaching holiday safety it is important to encourage families and communities across the country to Make Safety a Tradition. Home Inspectors Group likes to help educate the public about safe decorating pra
If you waved the home inspection to win the contract on your purchase you should definitely still get an inspection done. It is better to know what issues your home may or may not having before you get moved in and start running into issues.
The biggest issues are potential Safety Hazards like Electrical issues, Mold issues, Unsafe stairwells, Gas leaks, Moisture leaks and Smoke/Fire safety.
Skipping a home inspection prior to purchase is already a bad idea, not getting
If you are using a home inspector that is charging an extra fee for a separate WDO report find a different inspector. The only loan that requires a separate WDO report is a VA loan. No one getting a regular loan should be paying and extra $95 to $150 dollars for a separate WDO report. You don't need it. Any inspector can note wood issues in their main inspection report. They can point out any visible wood issues on the report and suggest they are repaired/reviewed by a lice
The market is hot. Bidding wars are a real thing. I get it, but waving the home inspection is just nuts. For most people buying a home is the biggest purchase you will make in your life. Do not do this without getting it inspected and knowing what you are getting into. I see homes that need thousands of dollars in repairs every day! Here are some links to videos of the pitfalls of purchasing a home without a home inspection. Don't do it! https://kutv.com/news/local/thi
A Wind Mitigation Inspection is not very complicated but it is something every home owner should have done. There is a form that the inspector completes that you forward to your home insurance provider that has many different areas that can qualify your home for an annual insurance discount. And guess what, just about every home qualifies in some way shape or form. I have had clients save as much as $500 dollars a year on their home insurance just by getting this inspection d
U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage. Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets. In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
One of the key systems of the home is the HVAC System. HVAC = Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Here is a list of the most commonly found defects in a HVAC system that need repairs/replacement. Keeping up on these will keep your home’s value and lifespan at its highest. Age - HVAC systems in Florida work very hard. There is nothing more to it than that. When a HVAC professional tells you a HVAC system has an expected life span of 10 - 15 years they mean it. So i
Some of the most common plumbing defects are as follows: Flex drains - Bathrooms, Kitchen and Wash tub sinks see these flex type drains often. They are a cheap fix for drainage and they cause problems. Drains should be smooth to stop clogs and back up not flexible like an accordion. If your home has flex type drain parts change them they will cause clogs and they will get called out in an inspection report. Loose Toilets - Many times in new homes and old the toilets are n