Services

Four-Point (insurance) Inspection$125

A “Four Point Inspection” focuses mainly on the four areas of interest in a home. This inspection is usually done on Tallahassee area homes over 20 years old prior to obtaining insurance coverage.

• HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)

• Electrical wiring and panels

• Plumbing connections and fixtures

• Roof

Pre-Listing (Seller) Home Inspectionstarting at $225 (crawl space +$50)

Some Tallahassee home sellers opt to conduct a pre-listing home inspection so as to be informed about existing and future problems before putting their properties on the market. This is a smart marketing strategy, as you’ll know and be able to address problems prior to listing your home for sale.

Maintenance Inspection $75

Many people know how to drive a car, but may not be familiar with exactly how the car works. The same may be said of a home. We know that turning on a switch will make the garbage disposal come on, turn on the faucet and water fills the sink. What happens when things don’t work? Turn the switch on, the garbage disposal hums but doesn’t seem to work or stops all together. Drop your favorite pair of earrings down the bathroom sink. What happens now?

A maintenance inspection is just that, we inspect and teach you, some of the very basic things concerning minor maintenance. Were you aware there is a thermal reset switch on a garbage disposal? Or that 30-40 percent of your electrical bill is your AC system and if you do not change your filters that number could creep up as the efficiency of your AC system goes down.

We show you what to look for, at the basic level, before you have to contact a professional. With this inspection you also receive a Home Maintenance Manual and a comprehensive listing of basic tools that you may require. Renting or Buying, we would like to help teach you some of the things that will make it more comfortable in your home.

Radon Inspection $125 (with home inspection $85)

You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level.

If your home has not yet been tested for Radon have a test taken as soon as possible. If you can, test your home before putting it on the market.

Buyer Home InspectionStarting at $225 (crawl space +$50)

We inspect Tallahassee homes of all types and ages to help you make a more informed decision by providing you with a comprehensive and visual inspection report of a property and its major systems.

We believe a proper Tallahassee area home inspection provides you with an objective, detailed examination and report of present conditions; peace of mind that comes with being informed about your property; a list of any current problems which require immediate or future repairs. In some circumstances this could afford the buyer the ability to negotiate a better price

We give special attention to identify any property, system, or component deficiencies which require immediate repair, further evaluation, or is a candidate for replacement. Every report we create seeks to clearly and objectively all areas of concern.

Wind Mitigation Inspection $125 (with home inspection $85)

In 2006, Florida became the first state in the nation to mandate that insurance companies offer some reduction insurance costs if a wind mitigation inspection is sought and certified upon review by a qualified inspector. An inspector will evaluate the wind-mitigating characteristics of your home and then make recommendations for any improvements or repairs the property owner could make on their home to enhance its sustainability against windstorm damage. This inspection report can then be submitted to your insurance company and could result in the homeowner getting a sizeable discount on their yearly home owners policy premium.

The areas of inspection include when the roof was installed and does it meet current building codes; what type of roof decking is used and how it is attached to the underlying structure; are trusses attached with nails or hurricane clips? Are the wraps single or double? The more secure your roof, the better impact on your wallet! If your roof resembles that of a pyramid it is considered a hip roof and is a definite qualifier for a discount. If the roof is a gable style, the inspector will review if the gable ends are braced to Florida Building Code standards. Gable ends measuring more than 48 inches tall should be braced for reinforcement, and inspectors will be checking for this qualification for discount. The inspector will review the construction materials used on your home for framing, reinforcement, and outer fascia, and at what percentages. Steel reinforced concrete block homes may yield a better discount than one with a plywood-only frame and plastic siding. If your roof was installed or upgraded before 2008, it’s fairly unlikely you’ll have a secondary water barrier. As with most newer features, photo documentation, at a minimum, will be required for a discount in this area. The inspector will look for shutters and installed-protection devices from wind-born debris for doors and windows. They will also be checking the rating of the devices, if you have them (as in- are they hurricane-rated?). 100% of all openings need to be covered with Hurricane rated protection to qualify for this discount.

In the end, investing in a wind mitigation inspection is at your own discretion. The potential cost-savings per year could easily outweigh the cost.

 
 

Florida License #:
HI9269

Florida Radon #:
R2492

Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector