A residential home inspection has to be performed by a licensed home inspector. This is for your protection, to ensure that all elements of the home are in good working condition, and any deficiencies are documented to our clients.
We evaluate all major components such as heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems. During the residential inspection we also evaluate the interior. This includes windows, walls, floors, cabinets, etc… We also check for indications of prior water intrusion, the condition of the roof, windows, doors, and exterior. Outside we check your decks, patios, garage doors, sidewalks, and driveways. Upon request, we can also check your additional structures like barns, sheds, or even pools and hot tubs!
Both a residential inspection and commercial inspection focus on the structural evaluations, however a commercial inspection includes assessments of amenities. This is commonly known as a PCA, or property condition assessment. The inspection process is determined by the property age, occupancy, and type of construction.
A baseline PCA relies on document review, walk-through survey and even interviews. A commercial inspection can include site characteristics (landscaping, paving, utilities), roof surface areas, mechanical and electrical systems, plumbing, and vertical transportation like elevators. Additional services might include indoor air quality assessment, radon testing and ADA assessments.
The resulting property condition report (PCR) is used to help buyers and owners understand maintenance and operation of the property. It also helps prospective investors to assess their confidence when it comes to making financial decisions.
4-Point Inspection – If the home is older than 25 years old most insurance companies in Florida require a four point inspection. Your insurance company wants to know that the four main points of the home (Roof, Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC) are in good and in safe working order.
Wind Mitigation Inspection – Your insurance company wants to know the age, shape and type of roof, how well the roof is connected to the walls, (either by toe nails (16 penny nails) or hurricane clips or straps), how well the sheathing is secured to the trusses, what type of nails were used, and if the openings of the house (windows, doors and garage door/s) have hurricane impact resistance ratings. A wind mitigation inspection can help lower your home owner’s insurance policy premiums.
Citizens Roof Certification – A roof certification inspection lets the insurance company know the type and age of a roof.