I’ll inspect the structure, systems and components of the home, inside and out, from the foundation to the roof, using the latest tools and technology. I encourage you to attend your inspection so that I can describe my process, explain my findings, point out important maintenance items, and answer all of your questions. As a Florida state-licensed (HI 681) and Certified Master Inspector® trained by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), I adhere to a comprehensive Residential Standards of Practice. This means that I will inspect all of the following, when visible and accessible:
- Structural Components
- Attic, Ventilation & Insulation
- Exterior Cladding, including EIFS
- Porch & Deck
- Attached Garage
- Basement / Crawlspace
- Electrical System
- Plumbing System
- HVAC System
- Interior, including:
- Ceilings, Floors & Walls
- Windows / Glazing
Following my evaluation, I will compile my findings in an easy-to-read report,
which will distinguish between items in need of immediate servicing, repair or
replacement, and include detailed descriptions and high-quality digital photos of
any issues I’ve discovered. I’ll email you your report on the day of the inspection, and my job
isn’t finished until you understand everything in it.
What Really Matters
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. Your inspection will entail a written report, including checklists and photos, and what the inspector tells you during the inspection. All of this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself can make the experience overwhelming.
What should you do? Relax. Most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. These are good to know about.
However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
- major defect, such as a structural failure;
- conditions that can lead to major defects, such as a roof leak;
- issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and
- safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
It’s important to realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in your inspection report. No house is perfect. Keep things in perspective.
And remember that homeownership is both a joyful experience and an important responsibility, so be sure to call me to help you devise an annual maintenance plan that will keep your family safe and your home in top condition for years to come.
Review the InterNACHI Standards of Practice for complete details or with any specific questions.