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Tampa Bay area Home Inspection Services
Basic Pre-purchase and Listing Inspection Services
Our Tampa Bay area Home Inspection Services provide invaluable information about the home. A pre-purchase inspection in the Tampa Bay area can be performed to determine whether proceeding with the purchase of an existing home is prudent. Home purchase contracts often contain a provision for a home inspection and certain stipulations concerning the condition of various home systems and components. On the surface a home may appear to be in good shape, but our inspection experience tells us that, in addition to typical minor deficiencies, significant structural deficiencies, defects, and safety concerns affect many homes. Also, major maintenance and repair costs, such as replacement of the roof or air conditioning equipment, may be a near term or immediate concern. We have saved our Tampa area clients thousands of repair dollars with our discoveries during inspections of both newly built and pre-owned homes. We have provided buyers negotiating leverage to use in the home buying process.
It is in the best interest of the buyer to secure a third party (disinterested in the outcome of the transaction) to provide an unbiased report on the current condition of the property. Our detailed property inspection reports are available to our clients on the same day via email or internet download (from any location). For those selling their Tampa area home, an inspection before listing on the real estate market is a good idea since you will gain a better understanding of your property’s conditions. This listing inspection would also grant you the seller the opportunity to make the necessary repairs in order to make the property more appealing to potential buyers.
Essentially, property and home inspections summarizes the condition of a property, points out the need for major repairs and identifies areas that may need attention in the near future. Both homebuyers and home sellers depend on accurate and effective inspections to maximize their knowledge of their property in order to make intelligent decisions before committing to a sale or purchase. After an inspection, both parties have a much clearer understanding of the value and needs of the property. Property and home inspections are an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation, heating to electrical systems, insulation to plumbing, windows to doors. There are plenty of reasons as to why somebody would want a home inspection carried out, although an inspection is generally used to investigate whether any faults in the property exists that the seller or buyer should know about before they finalize the transaction.
Tampa area Home Inspections Include the Following Systems and Components:
Structural - Tampa area home inspections include the following systems and components: The structure of the building in terms of materials used and type of construction. Foundation type, framing materials, and other significant sub-components are noted along with any idiosyncrasies. The inspector/surveyor also checks for major or minor problems in the foundation, floor, wall and roof framing. Foundation crawlspaces, footings and columns, sub-floors, walls, chimney foundations and mortar. Load bearing wall Identification. The attic and its structural role is thoroughly examined as well as a visual inspection of the roof sheathing for signs of water intrusion (moisture stains) around vent stacks, dormer vents, etc.
Electrical - The electrical system is checked for sufficient capacity and safety, and evaluated in terms of its current condition and suitability for future use. Upgrades and repairs are recommended where appropriate.The service entrance type and location. Grounding and main bonding jumper, branch circuits, outlets and their type, Wire and breaker sizes will be analyzed as well as all sub panels. An electrical test is usually extensive and consists of checking on amperage, looking for exposed wires, and determining the type or wiring and whether it is adequate. If an inspector finds during the tests that there is a problem in the electrical system then you should have an inspection carried out by an electrician, as the home inspector may not be qualified to carry out extensive checks on the property.
Heating and Air Conditioning - The inspector assesses the capacity of the existing equipment, and by considering the age of the equipment and its intended capacity, approximates the life expectancy and recommends appropriate repairs an upgrades. Inspection of all accessible thermostat/controls, duct work, supply and discharge lines. Condensate lines will be identified and explained. (condensate lines are a major issue in moisture and mold control).
Plumbing - The piping and fixtures throughout the house are checked for function flow and life expectancies. They are screened for unsanitary conditions and potential repairs, freeze vulnerability, or spillage/overflow. Laundry equipment, tile work, and domestic water heating equipment are also surveyed. Inspection of the main supply lines, distribution lines, water heaters, fixtures, vents, traps and drains. We also check for proper installation of copper plumbing and re-pipes. The waste drainage system will also be described and evaluated. Determine the state of plumbing by checking items such as water pressure, type and condition of drains and pipes, and to see if there are any signs of rust and leaks. Although a home inspector can carry out a basic plumbing inspection, a certified plumbing specialist may be called in if any major problems are identified. They will then be able to find the cause and recommend appropriate actions to fix the problem.
Crawl Space/Slab - Water seepage probabilities and structural problems are evaluated and remediation advice given if needed. The inspector also looks for possible problem areas that could cause structural problems, such as poor soil, surface drainage, proximity to tree roots and rotating stoops.
Kitchen - All appliances are operated and deficiencies noted. The inspector approximates the age of each piece and its life expectancy. The inspector may also, depending on the age and usefulness of the kitchen, suggest a budget for repairs ranging from addressing typical minor problems to a complete renovation.
Interior - Walls, floors and ceiling surfaces are scanned for problematic conditions, visible evidence of water penetration, potentially dangerous or toxic materials, fire hazards, or security breaches. Ventilation and energy conservation aspects are checked and appropriate upgrades are itemized. Kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, family rooms, den, office, library, walls, ceilings, windows, skylights, outlets, entry doors, sliding glass doors, identification of the floor covering and their condition, smoke detectors, fireplaces.
Exterior - The roof, roof runoff controls and landscape drainage are inspected and necessary improvements are recommended. Stoops, steps, walks and drives are checked for voids, surface problems and safety hazards. The visible portions of the hard surfaces, such as the yard walls, walkways, decks and porches. Is there an adequate difference in elevation between the exterior grade and the interior? The exterior cladding as well as windows, screens, doors and exterior lighting are meticulously inspected.
Roofing - Identification of the material type and estimated age of the roof covering. All dormer vents, skylights and vent stacks shall be inspected for proper installation and jack flashings. The presence of rain gutters and their condition will also be noted in the report.
Additional Inspections are Available thru Certified Tampa area Inspectors and Contractors:
Pest and termite inspection - To ascertain whether any damaging bugs are present on the property. This is particularly important since the majority of houses are primarily constructed from wood. Pest or termite inspectors also report irregularities with the structure of a property, including wood rot and displacement of the foundations of the property under inspection.
Water Test inspection – This may not be necessary since many municipalities conduct vigorous tests on water quality to ensure the highest safety standards. These tests are usually more rigorous and complex than what any home inspector can carry out. If the property has a private source of water (i.e. a well), then private water testing should be considered. Water testing labs will look for bacteria content and mineral content of the water among many other parameters. Another a good idea is to test is to determine the pumping capacity of any well pumps that may be present.
Lead and Radon Testing – This is usually done if the property is very old. A lead testing professional can perform a lead test in various locations of the property. Certain areas of the country are considered to have high levels of radon. You can hire either a specialist to perform radon inspections, but radon kits are available. These kits use a charcoal-based detector.
Septic Testing - usually involves emptying a septic tank and testing for the overall proper functioning of the system. Inspectors will often utilize a dye test where they drop dye tablets into the system and flush water through it to see if the dye surfaces. If the dye surfaces it indicates a problem.
Asbestos Inspection – is an important test particularly if your property is old and there is exposed insulating material. Asbestos inspections require a certified specialist who will take some samples to determine whether there are asbestos crystals circulating in the house. Asbestos is considered relatively safe if it is concealed and undisturbed.
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Why Choose Buyer's Choice Home Inspection?
Buyer's Choice Home Inspectors are scheduled to perform only two full home inspections per day, to ensure that our clients receive the best home inspections possible. Our typical home inspection takes 3 to 4 hours, and often longer. Our inspections take a little longer than many within the industry; however, Buyer's Choice Home Inspection believes that our clients deserve the extraordinary attention to detail that our inspectors provide at every inspection. We are intimately familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of building construction and analysis. All home inspector candidates seeking employment with the company must have a minimum of 10 years construction experience, preferably as a journeyman tradesman. Once hired, all home inspection candidates are required to attend 90 hours of specialized instruction and certification from the only ASHI endorsed home inspection academy, Inspection Training Associates (ITA), regardless of their construction experience or background. In addition, all of our home inspectors must achieve a minimum of 40 continuing education training hours each year. We adhere to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics as required by ASHI and FABI.
Our Tampa Bay area home inspectors are all tested and certified by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors, and are required to achieve full membership with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI). In addition, all of our home inspectors are required to be tested and certified as Residential Building Inspector, Residential Electrical Inspector, Residential Plumbing Inspector, and Residential Mechanical Inspector, by the International Code Council (ICC), which is the testing authority for all Florida State and County Code Inspection Officials. Very few private home inspectors achieve any of the ICC certifications. Full certification is absolutely mandatory for our home inspectors, as we believe our clients expect, and deserve only the best qualified.
Our client's new home is a great investment. Why would they not want the very best home inspector to analyze and scrutinize such a great investment? We will always do everything possible to merit the confidence our clients show in us. Our client's satisfaction is always guaranteed! We hope you will allow Buyer's Choice Home Inspection the opportunity to exceed your expectations.
Tampa Bay area Inspection Fees
Our home inspection fees vary depending on the following criteria:
The type of dwelling - A condominium, single family home/townhome/villa, multi unit, or commercial structure will be priced differently.
- Square footage - Our fees are based on living (heating) space. The complexity of the inspection increases with the size of the home. Some larger homes have high and multiple attic entries, many have several HVAC units, multiple stories, high roofs, etc. These factors increase the amount of time on site and the number of systems and components to inspect.
- Age of the dwelling - Older homes typically have more "deferred" maintenance issues, homeowner improvements, outdated systems and components, multiple layered roofs, cast iron plumbing, and so on.
- Additional factors, optional inspections - Raised foundations, mold inspections, pool & spa inspections, detached garages, barns, multi-kitchens, etc...
We will beat any quoted inspection fee from any home inspection company, as long as the inspector is a Certified Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), Registered Professional Inspector with the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI), and ICC code certified as a Residential Combination Inspector.
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Returned check fee: A processing fee of $40. will be charged and collected for checks on which payment has been refused by the payor bank because of insufficient funds, or because the client did not have an open account at the bank.
Cancellation fee: A fee of $100. will be charged and collected for inspection services cancelled or rescheduled less than 24-hours prior to the scheduled appointment. A fee of $100. will be charged and collected if an inspection has to be terminated, aborted or rescheduled due to utilities turned off.
Waiting fee: A fee of $100. per hour will be charged and collected for each elapsed hour on site, awaiting access to a property for inspection purposes. As with all of our inspections, it is the responsibility of our client to coordinate, and follow-up with property access arrangements. Note: The total inspection fee will be reduced by $100. for each elapsed 30 minute period that our inspector is late. We schedule our inspectors to arrive at every inspection a bit early, out of courtesy and respect for all parties involved. We take pride in never failing to be on time.