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 Home Inspectors organization?

The quick answer 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 organization out there that are beneficial to Inspectors because they do continuing educating the industry.

Join us at the ACICP!

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

Benefits of Thermal Imaging:

  • Water infiltration  (roof leaks)
  • 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

  • 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.