A word about my approach:
I am not a fan of “checklist” style reports that have a series of checkboxes and little to no explanation. If you have to hire a crytographer to help read the report, the inspection is not worth your time. I believe that the report must be thorough, but also easily understood and must communicate the condition of the property clearly. I put a little more work into each report so that you will have a better understanding of the property inspected.
Standard Home Inspection
The standard home inspection will provide a broad range of information about the major components and systems of the building. These are the roof, heating and air conditioning system, plumbing and electrical systems, foundation and structural components, garage or carport, interior walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors. It is a non-invasive assessment of the readily accessible areas and components in order to assist in your understanding of the condition of the house.
Wind Mitigation Inspection
“Wind Mitigation” is the implementation of certain building techniques in order to limit damage caused by intense wind (the word ‘mitigate’ means to ‘make less harsh, severe, or violent’). A Wind Mitigation Inspection is designed to determine the structural ability of the home to withstand the forces of a wind storm or hurricane. A standard form is filled out detailing several aspects, including roofing, roof structure and attachment, exterior opening protection (windows, doors), and whether the structure was built to newer or older standards. This is done for the insurance company to determine if the property is suitable for insurance discounts. This does not take the place of a Standard Home inspection.
Four Point Inspection
A Four Point inspection is an inspection of four main systems: Roof, Plumbing, Electrical and Heating/Air. This is also done for the insurance company to have a quick assessment of the general system conditions in order to have a better grasp of what they are insuring. This is not as detailed as a standard Home Inspection and does not take the place of one. If the Four point inspection shows issues, the insurance company may refuse coverage or require that these be corrected in order to write a policy.
Swimming Pool Inspections
Swimming pools are a complex system involving many components that have to all operate properly for a safe and functional system. There are important safety items that need to be in place. The inspection will cover the main accessible and visible system components, functionality and safety.
In my mind, this is a largely overlooked resource. This is a standard Home Inspection done for the property owner prior to selling. The intention is to give the seller a good concept items needing attention or repair that he or she may not be aware of. This can allow repairs/corrections to be done prior to the sale that will increase the value or desirability of the home, and can help the sales transaction to proceed more smoothly. This also reduces the chance that significant surprises will come to light during the sale. My advice to Sellers – don’t wait for the buyer’s inspector to find all those defects! Doing this will also greatly enhance your credibility in the mind of the buyer. See my article – “Should I get a Home Inspection Before I Sell My House?”
An Investor inspection is a stripped-down inspection intended to focus only on the major issues with the primary components of the property. This is shorter and less detailed than a Standard Home Inspection and costs a little less. It also does not meet the full Standards of Practice of a Home Inspection. For someone who only wants a shorter summary and is willing to forgo the normal details, this can be useful. Things that can be important to a normal home buyer may not be an issue for this type of transaction.
This is an inspection done to help a homeowner evaluate what needs attention to provide proper maintenance and prevent future problems. It will also evaluate possible safety concerns, and is a great aid in having a happy, healthy and safe home. This is done as a Standard inspection, with an eye toward crucial maintenance areas. It is recommended to do this annually to prevent small items from becoming large problems.
Manufactured Home (Mobile Home) Inspection
Manufactured/Mobile homes are built to slightly different standards than site-built homes, but the basic functionality concept is the same. Understanding the differences is important to understanding the overall condition, and I have had special training in this type of home. This encompasses the same scope as a Standard Home Inspection, but performed for a different type of structure.
A commercial property is purchased for different reasons than a residential property, and the focus is less personal or emotional. It is typically a business transaction. Understanding the different aspects of this type of inspection is important in order to provide a useful inspection. I have inspected hundreds of various commercial properties.
Dock & Seawall Inspections
Living near the Ocean is one of the great appeals of this area. Oceanfront property often comes with boat docks for recreation and seawalls to prevent the sometimes forceful effects of the sea from damaging the property. Seawalls have to be able to withstand the pressures of water and extreme weather. We offer an inspection of these items, done as an aid to evaluating their full condition. An evaluation of the visible and readily accessible components is performed. The conditions of underwater or underground items are not within the scope of the inspection, and the water is not entered for this inspection. Note: This is not the same type of inspection as would be performed by a specialist in the field with engineering, environmental and other qualifications. To understand the full condition of docks and seawalls, a detailed technical assessment including underwater inspection by an expert is always recommended.