Home Inspections

A Home Inspection is performed by a licensed home inspector to ensure that the home is in good working condition and that any major deficiencies of the home are identified.

Home inspectors evaluate all electrical systems, heating, air conditioning and plumbing. Other interior factors covered during a residential inspection include identifying materials used (flooring, walls, windows, cabinets etc.) and checking for indications of prior water intrusion. They will also inspect the condition of the roof, windows, doors and the exterior, including, patios, decks, sidewalks and driveways. Moreover, additional structures like pools or outbuildings can be inspected by request.

Generally, what is included in a home include includes:
  • AC Ducts – including all visible ducts for the AC system.
  • Fireplaces – including chimneys and vents.
  • Heating System – including equipment and venting.
  • Plumbing Systems – including pipes, drains, water heating equipment and sump pumps.
  • Insulation & Ventilation – including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.
  • Cooling System – including energy sources and distribution equipment.
  • Electrical System – including service panels, breakers and fuses.
  • Roof System – including shingles, flashing and skylights.
  • Structural Components – including foundation and framing of the home.
  • Appliances – including washer, dryer, fridge, oven, microwave, & dishwasher
  • Exterior Features – including siding, porches, balconies, walkways, railings & driveways.
  • Interior Features – including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs, and railings.

Other Home Inspections include

Wind Mitigation Inspection … can possibly save me on my homeowner’s insurance. As a Florida resident/homeowner, and Florida being a peninsular state sprawling into the Atlantic and Gulf, flirting with tropical storms and hurricanes every summer and fall – almost assuredly you’re familiar. And if you’re not, you might want to reconsider the significant savings a home inspection may offer, should nature’s fury unleash.

Four-Point Inspection … are perhaps the most common inspections performed in the U.S. and generally cover the main systems in a property including the ventilation, plumbing and electrical systems and the roof. Generally, Insurance companies have become increasingly reluctant to issue Homeowner Insurance policies on older homes (usually 25 years old or more). Their common concern is that there may be conditions in an older home that could become a liability to them. For instance, a home with a roof nearing the end of its reliable service life may fail while under the policy and the homeowner may seek reimbursement from their insurance company for damages to the home or its contents. Similar concerns extend to the condition of the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems in an older home. If these elements are in poor condition, in need of being updated or replaced or were improperly installed, they may fail and cause fire or water damage to a home.

Below are a few recommendations for “steller” Home Inspectors used by clients (Buyers and Sellers) in the past include:

SEC Inspection Services
Melissa Meniklheim
SEC Inspection

First Response Home Inspection
Jim Obhanian

Pillar To Post Home Inspections
Danny Logue
Pillar To Post