How to find certified home inspectors and contractors

home inspectors and contractorsOf Couse, a referral from a family member or friend would probably be the best. You do want to make sure whoever you hire is Florida licensed and insured. Many home inspectors belong to a professional organization like the ACICP, but it’s not required. They are all voluntary certification, the license is the most important. Home inspectors and Florida contractors are regulated by the State of Florida.

You can also go to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations website (myfloridalicense.com/dbpr) and look up a list of home inspectors.

Most home inspectors carry insurance in case something goes wrong during an inspection or if there’s an issue they may have misidentified in the inspection report. But many home inspectors might become less enchanted with a project if they perceive the homeowner could become litigious. Insurance rates are high enough, and home inspectors, like many other professionals, are hesitant to take on clients if they suspect the money they will earn from the project has a good chance of leading to problems with the homeowner and potential litigation.

Florida Home Inspectors Class – May 23 & 24, 2017

Florida Home InspectorsIf you’re a contractor who wants to start doing inspections or a Florida home inspectors who needs continuing education, this class is the perfect fit for you. Get your 14 hours of Continuing Education and have some fun. If you have both licenses this will give you all your CE for the upcoming renewal cycle.

We will cover the 8 points to a standard Home Inspection, defined by FS 468 Part XV

  1. Site
  2. Structure
  3. Interior
  4. Exterior
  5. Roofing
  6. Plumbing
  7. Air Conditioning
  8. Electrical

In addition to those topics, we will cover the Citizens 4 point inspection form, the Roof Conditions report, and look at some of the equipment you’ll need including Thermal Imaging Camera.

And YES, we do cover the 2 hours of hurricane wind mitigation training and completion of the Uniform Mitigation Verification inspection Form OIR-B1-1802.  We also cover F.S. 468, Part XV and 61-30 the administrative code, with the Scopes of Services! The course will include an overview of the Florida Residential Code as well. We believe as a professional home inspector you should have an understanding of the codes used in construction.

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Florida Home Inspectors and Contractors

This 14-hour package includes all the required topics and provides you with book, sample contracts and inspection report forms to assist you with your professional practice.

Remember, you must complete 14 hours of Continuing Education prior to the renewal periods that end on July 31 of even-numbered years. We’ll provide a great lunch and make the 14 hours go quick and easy.

Also, if you like to look into getting your Florida Home Inspectors Certification, we will give you 14 hours credit toward the state required 120 class, and give you the credit toward the money of this class toward the 120-hour course.

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System Requirements: Our courses are designed to run on most computers and mobile devices.  If you have trouble with a course, our technical support team is ready and willing to assist

Blower Door Testing / Training – 1-877-542-3673

Blower door trainingMandatory Blower Door Testing is required by Florida’s new 5th edition Energy Code beginning JULY 1, 2017!! Building Officials will require written certification for each new home quantifying the homes’ air changes per hour. The Contractors Institute has created a state-of-the-art training and certification for blower door technicians all for one low tuition price! Get your Blower Door Training

HANDS-ON specialized training & continuing education are NOW available in our CI Certified CI-BDT (blower door training) course. This program has been developed for licensed Mechanical & Air-Conditioning contractors and their employees who already have hands-on field experience with related air balancing and testing equipment.

Those attending will be completing set up of blower door tents, setting a baseline and calibrating manometer and service gauges, and preparing written verification of air changes as required by the Florida Energy Code.

It is required that students complete our online Blower Door Technician Prerequisite Course PRIOR to attending this hands-on workshop. An email will be sent with log-in instructions at the time of registration.

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Course Objectives & Hands On Exercises & Evaluations Include:

• Review of the Florida Code requirements for duct testing, air changes & air leakage
• Principles of blower door science, baseline & general analysis measurement
• Visual inspection principles and review of heat transfer and humidity
• Understanding air leakage; total vs. outside
• Diagnostics of pressure and measurement; setting up and using manometers
• Establishing baselines and accounting for pressure differentials
• Review of air balance and duct pressure; thermal and air barriers
• Review of approved software for sizing and code compliance
• Preparing equipment for blower door testing, setting up and calibrating gauges
• Setting up and using blower door equipment and manometer technology
• Preparing reports as required by code for air exchange verification

A Home from Cigarette Smokers – Not so pleasant

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Cigarette smoke residue can take years and years to leech out of walls, carpeting, A/C system, and air conditioning ducts — if it ever comes out. You might think your nose, that Ol’ stink-o-meter would know right away that a smoker has been at work leaving that smell all over your soon-to-be home, but that may not be true. If you smell the strong smell of Febreze, ammonia, bleach or even fresh baking cookies (sneaky) can disguise the wicked stench. UNTIL, One humid afternoon soon after the sale, the rank aroma of spent cigarettes could start oozing toward your unsuspecting family nostrils. Be proactive and beat the butts, you may never fully be rid of the odor. Make sure you’re buying a non-smoking home.

February 2017 Home Inspectors Classes 1-800-676-3006

February 21 & 22, 2017

All classes begin at 8:00 am

This course is designed to give Florida State Home Inspectors what is needed for their continuing education credits. Topics include; Building Structure, Electrical System, HVAC System, Roof Coverings, Plumbing Systems, Interior Components, Exterior Components, Insulation & Ventilation, Pool Systems, and Site Conditions. Sinkhole surveys, 4-point inspections will also be discussed, as well as lead-safe renovation practices. The two-hour required hurricane mitigation will also be covered. It’s going to be an exciting course with demonstrations of inspections, inspection software, and more!

What is a Home Inspection

A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive, visual examination of the condition of a home, often when the home is being bought and sold. Home inspections are usually conducted by a licensed home inspector who has the training to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and presents to the client a written report of findings. The client will use the inspector’s information to make informed decisions about their pending home purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.

A home inspector is sometimes confused with a real estate appraiser. A home inspector determines the condition of a home or structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property. In the United States, The state of Florida regulates home inspectors, there are various professional associations for home inspectors that provide education, training, and networking opportunities, such as the ACICP. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an inspection to verify compliance with appropriate codes; building inspection is a term often used for building code compliance inspections in the United States. Home inspections identify problems but building diagnostics identifies solutions to the found problems and their predicted outcomes.

Do I need to be a member of a Florida Home Inspectors organization?

An answer for Florida home inspectors, is ABSOLUTELY NOT!  There is no rule or regulation, in Florida, that requires a Florida Licensed Home Inspector belong to any organization. By doing the 120 hour course and passing your state proctored examination is all that is required. (and or course $300,000 of liability Ins.)

So, don’t believe anyone that tells you that you need to pay them to join their group, It’s a scam. You don’t need to get ONLY their Continuing Education at an inflated price.

I’m by no means saying that there are not an organization out there that are beneficial to Inspectors because they do continuing educating the industry.

Join us at the ACICP!
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Florida home inspectors are in High demand.

More than 85% of home sold in Florida have an inspection done by a Florida home inspectors.

Money Magazine ranks the home inspection profession among “America’s 50 Hottest Jobs.” Entrepreneur Magazine calls home inspection “one of the best opportunities.”

Demand for well-trained Home Inspectors is strong nationwide. Whether your market is a Buyers market of a Sellers Market, the demand for home inspectors is strong. Sales of existing homes continue to be brisk. Municipalities and insurance companies increasingly require homebuyers to obtain a professional home inspection. Realtors advise their clients to contact a Home Inspector, often making the offer to purchase contingent on a satisfactory inspection report. The Home Inspection profession needs more trained inspectors. And the average price for an inspection is $300!

If you have good people skills, an interest in homes and an eye for detail, you could have a bright future as a professional home inspector.

Florida DBPR Approves Contractors Institute’s 120-Hour Pre-Licensing Course and Proctored State Exam for Home Inspectors in Florida

Now you can get 120 hours of training required by Florida and take your proctored exam. You can complete all 120 hours online and take your exam at you own home! Easy and stress-free, and it’s from and Florida owned and operated home inspection school.

We teach Home Inspection for Florida, not a generic course that will teach you how to dismantle a furnace and about Ice dams. We teach you the information you need to know

Thermal Imaging Camera for Home Inspections

Thermal Imaging cameraBenefits of Thermal Imaging:

  • Thermal Imaging Camera
  • Cold air infiltration
  • Excessive moisture in materials
  • Stud / Joist / Beam / Rafter placement and structure
  • Insulation gaps, insufficient and unevenness
  • Electrical drops, panels, breakers, switches and wire connections
  • Heating and cooling duct placement, insulation, air leaks
  • Pipe location
  • Special Inspections
    • Pest infestation
    • Energy audits
    • Insurance claims

Limitations of Thermal Imaging Camera

  • Thermal Imaging Camera Inferred, does not “see through walls”, but only displays the very slight differences in surface temperature of the wall.  Images of areas. It is easier to see “hot” objects because they will be radiating heat to the not-in-contact surface.
  • Careful adjustment of the range of temperatures displayed is important to proper imaging and interpretation.
While there is no guarantee that nothing will be missed during the visual inspection or any inspection.  Thermal imaging brings us one step closer to not overlooking anything.
So you have to ask yourself:  do you want a home inspector that offers thermal imaging or risk going with one that does not?  It’s that extra bonus that stands us apart.

Grandfathering of Florida General, Building, and Residential Contractors

If you are a Division I contractor (General, Builder or Residential) you would have been allowed to “grandfather” in to get your Home Inspector License until July 1, 2012. That time has now passed.

Unfortanly we get asked this all the time. It was only a short time that this was allowed. Are they ever going to allow grandfathering again? Nobody can answer that at this time. They’ve done some things that I still consider strange so who really knows.

But you are still able to get a Home Inspectors License in the state of Florida. Call us at 1-877-542-3673 for more information

It is a professional license.  It’s going to require that you take the required 120 hour course and then take the proctored exam approved by the state.

It’s a great license to have for the retirement years, or if you are starting out it’s an easy professional license to get.