Find an ASHI Certified Tampa Home Inspector
For most people in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, Florida, the purchase of a home is the largest investment they’ll ever make. Getting an independent, certified Tampa Bay area home inspector's expert opinion on the operability of the structure and its systems is a no-brainer. But not all home inspectors have the same experience, training, or certifications – what’s more is there are currently no federal regulations governing home inspectors. Home inspectors are governed only by whatever laws are in place in the state in which the home inspection is performed, and these laws vary greatly. In the state of Florida, the Home Inspection Business is unregulated, and there are few barriers to enter the business. Entrepreneur and franchise business related magazines often run articles and advertisements, seeking investors with a little money to start a business, but absolutely no knowledge or experience in the construction trades is mentioned. You would probably be amazed, and deeply concerned, if you really knew the competence levels of many so-called home inspectors here in Florida. So how do you find an ASHI Certified Home Inspector in the Tampa Bay area? For starters, don't even consider hiring anyone who is not an ASHI Certified Home Inspector. In addition, try to find an ASHI Certified Home Inspector who is also ICC Certified.
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The International Code Council (ICC) is the leading building authority in the world - the authors of internationally accepted building codes. Inspectors certified as Residential Combination Inspectors by the ICC have extensive experience in building structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspection, which are the fundamental components of a Home Inspection. The ICC authors the International Residential Code (IRC), which the Florida Building Code is substantially based on. You can click on the link above to go directly to the ICC web site to verify your inspectors certification(s).
An inspector that has achieved ICC certification has achieved a level of expertise that few private inspection companies achieve. This credential is internationally recognized and is the preferred certification of building departments, architectural and engineering firms and the legal community. ICC is a Certified Provider of Continuing Education Units. Certified Provider is the highest level of membership in IACET and demonstrates to others that ICC has taken seriously its commitment to quality in its professional development program.
It is recommended that you choose a home inspector who 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.
You should be paying for Knowledge and Time. If an inspector lacks the proper credentials and doesn't put in the necessary time and effort (high volume, low fees), then what would you be paying for? Our incredibly thorough inspections will significantly reduce your risk and help make the entire home buying process easier and less stressful. You will know what is being purchased and will save considerable heartache and money by avoiding a "money pit". You will also have a preventative "plan of action". All structures have problems of some degree. The question is, how serious are these problems, and how should they affect your purchase decision? Our professional inspectors understand the difference between major and minor problems and will communicate that difference to you. This will not only help you in the negotiating process, but also with your future home maintenance plans. We really enjoy helping our clients in this process, customer service is our highest priority. Our client's new home is a great investment. Why would they not want the very best, top tier certified inspectors in the Tampa Bay area 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!
Do not shop lowest price. When hiring a home inspector in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, Florida, you’re basically hiring an advocate with your interests in mind to give you their expert opinion on the home’s condition. With that in mind, making sure that you’re hiring a certified ASHI home inspector in the Tampa Bay area with plenty of knowledge, training and experience. That means not shopping for a home inspector based on price alone. It is very important to know what questions to ask home inspectors, and that you take the time to verify what they tell you. Training, certifications, and continuing education don’t come cheap to the home inspectors and therefore, their expertise isn’t going to be cheap either. Many Tampa area home inspectors just entering the business, try to get jobs by price undercutting anyone & everyone! When it comes to home inspections – as with most things – you get what you pay for. Does it really make any since to risk a huge investment by trying to save maybe $100? We will beat any quoted inspection fee from any home inspection company in Florida, 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.
Research and verify their credentials. Since there are no national standards for home inspectors, and the state of Florida currently does not regulate home inspectors, one of the best things you can do to find out about a home inspector’s qualifications is to ask what home inspection related associations they belong to. Some home inspector associations require significant training, experience, continuing education and also require the home inspector pass certain national exams. However; not all home inspection related associations are created equal. Check out the associations’ minimum requirements. The best home inspector related associations require that the inspector pass yearly exams and obtain a specific amount of continuing education credits. Also find out what level of certification the home inspector occupies with the association. Some home inspection associations have “candidate” and “associate” or other levels that basically mean that the home inspector has not met the requirements to be a full member. Also ask what certifications and licenses the home inspector holds and then research them as well. Be aware of home inspectors that advertise that their inspections "exceed some association standards", but yet offer no verifiable member or certification numbers. Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI) Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
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For your questions or immediate inspection quote, call (813)263-4753, or email.
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