6 Things Your Home Inspector Probably Won’t Check

There are some things you home inspectors won’t check.

Electrical outlets behind heavy furniture – For one, basic home inspections evaluate only the stuff these professionals can see or access easily. That means if furniture is blocking certain areas, your home inspector isn’t about to throw out his/her back to move it aside.Won't Check

Roof – Three or more stories in height most home inspectors will not walk on. They look from the ground and base their inspection on that.

Chimney and Fireplace – Home inspectors will typically open and shut dampers to make sure they’re working, and shine a flashlight up the chimney to check for big obstructions like a birds nest. But that’s typically where their inspection ends.

Well and Septic – If your inspector works in areas where wells and septic systems are common, for an extra fee ($150 typically) he/she might test your well water and check that your septic system is running Properly.

Swimming Pool – Basic home inspectors will turn on pool pumps and heaters to make sure they’re working. But inspectors won’t routinely evaluate cracks or dents in the pool. For that, you’ll need a professional pool inspector, who will run pressure tests for plumbing leaks. He’ll also scrutinize pumps, filters, decking surfaces, and safety covers. Pool contractors will do all of these but the price varies.

The ground under your home – While home inspectors will thoroughly check the home, the ground beneath it might go largely ignored. So if you’re worried about the land’s structural integrity—or whether it shifts, tilts, or has sinkholes or a high water table—you’ll need to hire a geotechnical engineer.

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 want to make sure whoever you hire is a Florida licensed and insured Home Inspector. Many home inspectors belong to professional organizations like the ACICP, but it’s not required. They are voluntary certification, the license is the most important thing. Home inspectors and Florida contractors are regulated by the State of Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulations.

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.

Insurances

Most home inspectors carry insurance.  Just 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.

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

Florida Blower door trainingMandatory Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida 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

Cigarette Smokers – Not so pleasant

Cigarette Smokers

Cigarette Smokers residue can take years and years to leach 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.

The best idea would be for a customer not to smoke in their homes but that is not going to happen, so we must deal with it.

Cigarette Smokers

Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. About 70 of them are known to cause cancer.Smoking cigarettes are the number-one risk factor for lung cancer. But, smoking can affect your entire body and is known to cause cancer in the: Lungs.

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 1120-Hour Pre-Licensing Course 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

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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.